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An Innovative Model for Employee Health Care

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By Karen Guin

Harris Rosen, president and founder of Rosen Hotels and Resorts, will speak about his company's innovative approach to providing employee health care at the sixth-annual State of Health Care in Central Florida Symposium at the University of Central Florida.

The public is invited to the symposium at the Fairwinds Alumni Center, across the street from the UCF Arena, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.

Rosen's company provides direct health care to its associates and their families at an on-site, full-service medical center. The approach keeps cost down by focusing on wellness and prevention and has drawn the attention of political leaders and the national media as a model for health care reform.

"Mr. Rosen has innovative ideas about employee health and a unique perspective on the employers' view of health care delivery," said Kevin Lenhart, chair of UCF's Health Services Administration Alumni Chapter, which is sponsoring the event. "He's been invited to share his perspective with the campus and local communities."

Rosen, a UCF trustee, and his wife, Trisha, provided the signature gift for UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management campus, which opened in 2004 in the heart of Orlando's tourism corridor.

Other speakers at the forum will include Kenneth Aldridge, Jr., director of health services at Rosen Medical Center and a UCF alumnus, and Ashley Bacot, president of ProvInsure.

The agenda also includes a career workshop for students from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and networking and hors d'oeuvres from 6 to 6:45 p.m. UCF students can attend for free. The fee for UCF Alumni Association members with a valid membership card is $10, and the cost is $15 for the general public.

For more information or to register, call 407-823-1600 or visit

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