Dr. Nepomuceno Mejia is one of the leading panelists at the 4th International Health and Wellness Tourism Congress.
Dr. Mejia, Knowledge and Innovation Administrator at Plaza de la Salud, is set to be accompanied by two global accreditation experts and a public official related to quality and local regulations at the panel Importance of Local and International Medical Tourism Accreditation on September 6th, from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST.
He graduated at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, specialized in Internal Medicine, and pursued a Masters Degree in Higher Education and Hospital Administration.
The MD also specialized in Quality Management. At the Knowledge and Quality Management Unit, he will be responsible for new institutional projects.
An 18-year veteran at Plaza de la Salud, he is also a teacher at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) and currently works at the television program Living in Health.
Dr. Nepomuceno Mejia: Importance of Local Regulations and International Medical Tourism Accreditations
- Dr. Francisco Neftali Vásquez, Vice Minister of Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic.
- Leslee Thompson, CEO of Accreditation Canada International.
- Karen Timmons, CEO of Global Health Care Accreditation.
The Dominican MD will be leading a panel about the importance for Medical Tourism destinations to seek national and international accreditations, as a way to upgrade the quality of the services given in the country.
Dr. Francisco Neftali Vásquez
The Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic is the highest national health authority, where Dr. Francisco Neftali Vásquez acts as the Vice Minister of Quality Assurance.
A Cum Laude MD graduated at the UASD, Dr. Francisco Neftali Vásquez holds a Postgraduate Degree in Cardiology from the Central Hospital of Defense Gómez Ulla of Madrid, and the Complutense University.
He also has a specialty in management of Health and Social Security Services.
Dr. Neftali Vasquez is a retired General of the Dominican Army and is currently the medical manager of presidential goals.
Why local regulations matter?
The Dominican Republic needs to generate productive linkages between regulatory entities like the Ministry of Health and accreditation companies, hospitals, health providers, local and international insurers, hotels and the entire value chain of medical tourism.
We believe that Medical Travel and Wellness needs to become a national interest activity, where the public and private sectors work hand in hand and compete based on:
- An offer with a guarantee of quality
- Require centers to have certifications
- Local regulations based on a legal framework
- International accreditations
“A regulatory framework is essential to have clear rules of our health offer. We also need to strengthen controls and epidemiological surveillance, as well as fighting against intrusion and clandestine centers operating without authorization,” said Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso on a statement sent to DoHealthWell®.
In a video sent to DoHealthWell® by AF Comunicacion Estrategica, Leslee Thompson provided insights of her participation at the 4th International Health and Wellness Tourism Congress.
“I am excited about participating in the 4th International Health and Wellness Tourism Congress, and meeting all of you to talk about issues that are important in supporting quality improvement for everyone living within our regions,” said the health expert.
The Canadian leader has over 25 years of experience in senior executive and corporate responsibilities that include Healthcare, Medical Technology, Government, and Retail.
Leslee Thompson is a registered nurse and is internationally recognized because of her work in partnering with patients to improve outcomes.
Today, she is an active volunteer on the Daughters for Life Foundation Board, which dedicates to the belief that if you educate a girl, you can change the world.
Timmons is the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program.
The program is specifically designed for healthcare organizations seeking to upgrade the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism, and international patients.
It focuses on an organization’s Medical Travel Cycle, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity.