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UHV School of Business speaker addresses future of health care

Oct. 20, 2012 at 5:20 a.m.

Heber Lacerda, president and CEO of Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, discusses the health care industry on Monday during the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration Willis Group Distinguished Speaker Series. Heber Lacerda, president and CEO of Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, discusses the health care industry on Monday during the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration Willis Group Distinguished Speaker Series. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO   FOOTPRINTS BY K

SUGAR LAND - Heber Lacerda acknowledged that his speech Monday was long on questions and short on answers.

But when it comes to the future of health care, answers typically are few and far between, said Lacerda.

Lacerda kicked off the second academic year of the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration Willis Group Distinguished Speaker Series.

This year's speaker series is focusing on the health care industry.

During a speech at UH Sugar Land, Lacerda, president and CEO of Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, talked about skilled nursing care, Medicare funding and how the levels of care have changed during the last two decades.

He also spoke about what the future holds in terms of technology and health information exchange.

Jane Mims, assistant dean in the UHV School of Business Administration, said Lacerda provided students with some great insights into health care and what the next two decades are going to look like in that industry.

"In terms of professional development, I believe the students found him inspiring," Mims said. "Some who weren't contemplating careers in health care before are almost certainly considering them now because of his remarks."

Even if they don't eventually work in the industry, Lacerda said it's important for business students to have an understanding of health care.

The cost for businesses to provide health care is continuously increasing, and current and future business operators will have to deal with the costs.

"He also made the point that it's a health care business, but they employ people in a lot of different fields," Mims said. "It's not just health care professionals. It's accountants, architects, construction and IT. It's a self-contained industry."

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