Changes in Long Term Care Topic of Talk at Ithaca College

By David Maley, February 12, 2016

Changes in Long Term Care Topic of Talk at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—“The Changing Face of Long Term Care” will be the topic of a talk hosted by the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The presentation by Thomas H. Dennison, director of the Program in Health Services Management and Policy at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, is at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.

It is free and open to the public.

Dennison will discuss the history and evolution of long term care in the United States. The formal service system grew and changed in response to shifts in the structure of the community, demographic trends and societal values, but the most powerful force that has defined this system is the way care is paid for and by whom. In the broader context of the culture and social structure of the U.S., he will explore the ways that financing arrangements have shaped and will continue to drive change in the system of long term care.

A professor of practice in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs, Dennison also serves as director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, a senior research associate at the Center for Policy Research and a faculty affiliate of the Syracuse University Gerontology Center.

Dennison worked for 15 years with the health care consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has served as the chief executive officer of a hospital, administrator of a nursing home and executive director of a network of ambulatory care centers.

His talk is part of the Gerontology Institute Distinguished Speaker Series. For more information, visit