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Health Care’s Future: Realizing the Promise

Date: July 23-27, 2012

Attend ANY number of days that interest you or come and stay for all five.

Saint Joseph’s College presents its 5th Annual Health Care Symposium! This is a 5-day program to equip health care leaders with the skills and knowledge to manage changes in health care for the future. Experts will be presenting updates with regard to health care reform and other topics facing health care providers.

CEU credits approved by the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).

Symposium Topics :

  • Health Care Reform Update
  • Ethics of Health Care Reform
  • Hospital Efficiency
  • Physician Integration

Attend for just one-day or come and stay for all five days! You have the flexibility and choice! Earn 5.5 CEU credits per day or 27.5 for 5 days!

NEW! Break-out Session Tracks – each track includes four sessions and six general sessions.

  • Leadership
  • Radiologic Science
  • Long-Term Care Administration

About this Symposium

  • Sessions benefit administrators, at all levels, in all aspects of health care – including acute care, long-term care, allied health services, and rad techs.
  • Offers five days of separate but interrelated seminars (two three-hour seminars each day).
  • Is taught by experts in their related fields.
  • Is located on the beautiful Saint Joseph's College campus by Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine.

Costs and Credits

  • Is available both to Saint Joseph's College & Online students (undergraduate or graduate) for college credit and to non-student professionals for CEUs.
  • Allows CEU participants to register for single or multiple day-long sessions or for all five days and acquire up to 30 CEU contact hours.
  • CE Students - Attend just one day for $175, or attend all five days for $750. The cost includes lunch.
  • For Credit Students - Tuition rate of $975 for undergraduate level or $1125 for graduate level applies. The cost includes lunch.

General Session Speakers

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Presentation Moderator: Larry Messner

Larry has an Applied Associate Degree in business from the State University of New York and both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University, with a major in Personnel Management. His work experience includes managing a golf course, working on Wall Street for Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc., and spending 24 years in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1989 as a Lieutenant Colonel and the Director of Personnel at a large Air Force base. In his last Air Force job he supervised approximately 300 people, through a chain of command, and was responsible for all personnel programs affecting more than 10,000 people. He has taught continuously since 1977 in traditional classroom settings at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for Troy State University, Boston University, New School for Social Research, Northern Essex Community College, and Saint Joseph's College of Maine. He has earned three of Saint Joseph’s most coveted teaching awards: the "Outstanding Faculty Award" for the Master in Health Services Administration Program in 1998 and again in 2007 and the "Outstanding Dean’s Award" in 2004.

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Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS

Sister Carol is the ninth president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA). She is responsible for all operations, and leads CHA's staff. Sister Carol has worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years. Most recently, she was the board chair of Ascension Health's Sacred Heart Health System. She has served on several health, labor, and domestic policy committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Some of her numerous awards and honors include the American Hospital Association's Trustee Award; the Monsignor George C. Higgins Labor Advocacy Award from the Archdiocese of Washington, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious 2011 Outstanding Leadership Award and the 2009 Vision Award given by Catholic Charities USA. She will focus her presentation on the situation in health care in the U.S. compared to the other industrialized nations both in terms of cost and quality. It will review the political struggle to pass health reform and where health reform is at this time -- what has been implemented and what remains to be implemented. There will be a focus on the Catholic Church’s position on many of the ethical issues.

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Merrill Matthews, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation. He is a past president of the Health Economics Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics. For nine years Dr. Matthews was executive director of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance. Dr. Matthews served for 10 years as the medical ethicist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s IRB for Human Experimentation. He also serves as chairman of the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is a regular columnist for and has been published the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, USA Today and the Washington Times. Dr. Matthews will focus his presentation on the various proposals, the philosophical and economic assumptions behind health care reform.

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Steven Chies, MHA

Chies serves as Senior Vice President for Operations at the Benedictine Health System (BHS), faith-based senior health care organization. In his role at BHS, he is responsible for operations over 40 long-term care facilities, located in seven (7) states. Chies has been in the long term care profession for more than 30 years, with special expertise in public policy, payment systems, not-for-profit operations and facility operations. Chies served as the Chair of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and has served in a variety of positions for AHCA. Prior to joining the Benedictine Health System, Chies was the administrator of a skilled nursing facility, and also was a staff member to a United States Congressman, working on a variety of issues, including health, seniors, long term care and the environment.

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Keith Baldwin, MHA, FACHE

Keith is the CEO of the Spokane County Medical Society and leads all aspects of this 1000+ physician/physician assistant member organization. Keith also created and continues as the principal for Baldwin Consultants, Inc., where he consults with health care clients such as physicians and hospitals. His prior experience is in hospital administration, physician relations and mobile imaging. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). Keith is active in a number of Chamber and higher education activities as he represents physician interests locally and nationally. Keith is also on the Education Committee of the Washington State Health Care Executive Forum (the local ACHE affiliate).

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Debra Kramlich MSN, RN, CCRN

Deb is currently employed as an assistant professor of nursing at Saint Joseph's College and staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit at Maine Medical Center. She has worked as a clinical educator and staff nurse in the areas of critical care, pediatrics, and school nursing. She is co-owner of Zebra Consulting, LLC, whose mission is to advance knowledge in the science of healthcare by educating, promoting and mentoring evidence-based practice and research to nurses and other healthcare providers. She has conducted a number of multidisciplinary quantitative and qualitative research studies. Debra is a board member of the Kappa Zeta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses where she has served on the Evidence Based Practice Resource Work Group and Research Abstract Review Panel. She is a manuscript reviewer for Critical Care Nurse, Pediatric Nursing Journal, and Journal of Nursing Management. She has several publications and has presented both nationally and internationally.

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Jon Abeles, Ed.D

Dr. Abeles is the Senior V.P. of Operations Excellence and Strategy Execution Catholic Health Partners (CHP), and has been an educator in one form or another throughout his career. Dr. Abeles possesses significant operational expertise, coupled with experience in talent management, human capital alignment, learning technologies, organizational effectiveness and increasing organizational capacity for change. Prior to joining CHP, Dr. Abeles spent 17 years within the Bell System, working in increasingly responsible positions focusing on operations, training and education. Dr. Abeles earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership and change, as well as an Ed.M. from Columbia University. He holds a master's degree in educational communications and a bachelor's degree in social studies education from The Ohio State University. A Vietnam veteran, Dr. Abeles is a captain in the Naval Reserve and has served as a special consultant to the Chief of Naval Education and Training. He has earned national recognition in the areas of organizational learning and knowledge management, having served on various advisory boards of the National Science Foundation and the board of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. He will focus his presentation on Improving Operational Performance.

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Dr. Imran Andrabi, MD, FAAFP, CMCM

Dr. Andrabi is the Sr. VP & Chief Physician Executive Officer of Mercy Health Partners, and Sr. VP, Clinical Innovation, Office of Operations and System Effectiveness, Catholic Health Partners. Dr. Andrabi is responsible for the medical staffs, academic affairs and research, patient safety and quality, Mercy Medical Partners (200 physician employed physician group) and clinical integration for the region. Prior to this he served as the President and CEO of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. His other accomplishments include leading Mercy’s graduate medical education program while collaborating with his counterparts to make it the distinguished program that it is today. Dr. Andrabi graduated in the top 3% of his class at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Managed Care Medicine. He is also a fellow of the National Institute for Program Director Development, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of International Physicians of NW-Ohio., and the Academy of Medicine of Toledo & Lucas County. He will focus his presentation on Improving Operational Performance.

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Dr. Joel Botler

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Lois Skillings RN, MS

Lois is the President and CEO for Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine. She leads the senior executive team and is responsible for the strategic and operational performance of the system. For 15 years she was the V.P. for Nursing and Patient Care Services for Mid Coast Health Services and was the senior leader responsible for patient safety and quality in the organization. Her clinical background is in Emergency and Medical Surgical nursing, and she has held staff development, nurse manager and supervisor positions prior to her executive roles. Lois serves on the board of directors for the Mid Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Southern Mid Coast Chamber. She was recently appointed to the Mid Coast Regional Redevelopment Authority; the board that oversees the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. She has served as a board member for the United Way of Mid Coast Maine; serving as chairperson of the board of directors, the community campaign and the strategic planning committee for this organization. She is past president of OMNE: Nursing Leaders of Maine. She is on the editorial board for Nursing Administration Quarterly; a national peer-reviewed journal. Awards include OMNE: Nursing Leaders of Maine Leadership Achievement Award (1999) and Sigma Theta Tau, Kappa Zeta Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award (2002).

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Deb Palmer RN, MS

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Tom Brunelle FACHE, MBA

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Track Session Speakers

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Peter A. Olsson MD, DLFAPA

Dr. Olsson is a physician-psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He attended Wheaton College for under graduate studies and trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After an internship in mixed medicine at the University of Vermont, Olsson took a psychiatry residency at Baylor (1968-1971), and later graduated from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Houston. He practiced psychiatry and psychotherapy and taught psychotherapy in Houston for 25 years and subsequently in New Hampshire since 1995. Dr. Olsson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Med School and an adjunct professor of clinical psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Olsson won the Judith Baskin Offer Prize for his paper, "Adolescent Involvement in Cults and the Supernatural". Dr. Olsson graduated from the Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He will focus his presentation on Destructive/Exploitive Cults in health care.

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Dr. Melinda Molin, MD, FACS

Dr. Molin is a dedicated breast surgeon, who has led the team at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, since 1996. Dr. Molin completed advanced fellowship training in critical care at Hartford Hospital and in trauma surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Her general surgery training was completed at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Brown University. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Molin is the author of several publications relating to trauma and to breast cancer treatment, and is a sought-after speaker for numerous presentations relating to the treatment of breast cancer. Her lecture will assist you in understanding the various types of cancers, treatment options, advances and pharmaceutical breakthroughs, etc., as they relate to breast cancers.

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Terry Zipper

Terry is the President and CEO of PCI – Physics Consultants, Incorporated. He founded the company in 1978 after a career as a radiation oncology physicist. Terry is certified in both diagnostic and radiation therapy physics by the American Board of Radiology. He is a contributing member to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and is on the American College of Radiology Accreditation Committee for Ultrasound. Terry has also chaired the Maine Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners and conducts various radiation physics trainings, seminars, and teaches courses throughout New England. His lecture will address these particular topics namely QC measures and dose reductions for the various modalities.

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Dr. Heinz

Dr. Heinz is a medical orthopedist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sports related musculoskeletal injuries. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and then attended Indiana University School of Medicine for his MD degree. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine, where he sub-specialized in shoulder injuries. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Heinz joined OA Centers for Orthopaedics in 1990 and has been the team physician for the Portland Seadogs since their arrival in 1994. He is a team physician for the US Soccer Men’s and Women’s National Teams (since 1989), the company physician for the Portland Ballet, and the sports medicine consultant for Gould Academy and Portland High School. He serves on the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Maine Principle’s Association Sports Medicine Committee. He teaches at the University of New England in the Department of Physical Therapy. His presentation will review the incidence, pathophysiology, effects (acute and chronic), guidelines for treatment and return to function, and strategies for possible prevention of sports-related concussions.

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Keith R. Knapp, PhD, CNHA, CNA

Dr. Knapp is the President and CEO of Christian Care Communities, Kentucky's largest faith-based provider of affordable senior housing and long term care services. Dr. Knapp holds a Ph.D. in Gerontology and Bachelor’s Degree in Arts & Sciences from the University of Kentucky, and a Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from Xavier University. He has been a licensed nursing home administrator since 1980 and he is a State Registered Nursing Assistant. He was named by ACHCA in 2006 as the National Distinguished Administrator of the Year. He has chaired the boards of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Leading Age - KY and Kentucky Board of Licensure for Nursing Home Administrators. He currently serves as Secretary of the National Association of LTC Administrator Licensure Boards (NAB), Assistant Clinical Professor in the University of Louisville's Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Honors Program at Western Kentucky University. His session will introduce creative, promising solutions and trends in senior housing, home and community-based services and institution-based long term care.

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Philip C. DuBois, MS, CNHA, FACHCA

Philip has been a nursing home administrator in Maine since 2000. He recently became an adjunct faculty member at Saint Joseph’s College in the Health Administration program. He is Past President of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and he is a member of the 2008 class of the American Health Care Association’s “Future Leaders in Long Term Care.” He has successfully led two facilities through four OSHA SHARP inspections (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program), recognizing his facilities with exemplary workplace safety programs. In 2009, his facility received AHCA’s Step 1 Quality Award. In 2005, Provider Magazine recognized his facility as the Best Long Term Care Team in America. He is also a licensed minister involved in music and foster/adoptive ministry. He will speak about the quality of care, how the demeanor of the caregiver impacts perception of quality of care, subjective factors that can impact quality scores, how to create an environment that promotes healing, and practical aspects of person-centered care from the perspective of someone who has been on both sides.

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Michael Hotz, LNHA, CNHA, FACHCA

Michael has operated facilities in CT, NY, and NJ since 1983. He has consulted for the two largest NJ consulting firms and has been sent by the State of NJ into troubled facilities under State Directed Plans of Correction. Michael has been the Education Chair of the Society of Licensed Nursing Home Administrators since 2005, the President of the NJ Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators since 2008, National Board Member of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Board Member of the NJ Coalition of Long Term Care Leaders, Board Member of the HCANJ, and is on faculty for the HCANJ 100 Course in Long Term Care Administration. He is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators and one of only 10 Certified Nursing Home Administrators in New Jersey. Michael is the Administrator of The Health Center at Bloomingdale and has been the state approved Preceptor for over a dozen Interns. In hi session, participants will learn the challenging task of creating future long term care facility leaders who will be effective, compassionate, and compliant. This will be accomplished by reviewing best practices for elements of a legally mandated internship supplemented by real life examples and learning. Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences both as preceptors.

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Patricia A. Talone, RSM, Ph.D.

Sister Patricia is a Sister of Mercy, is vice president, mission services, for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). Prior to joining CHA, she was VP for mission services and ethicist for Unity Health, St. Louis. Sister Patricia serves on the board of the Mid-America Transplant Services. She authored Feeding the Dying: Religion and End of Life Decisions (Peter Lang, Inc., 1996) along with articles in health care and theological journals. Sister Patricia has taught at every academic level, from third grade through graduate school. She holds a BA from Gwynedd-Mercy College, an MA from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and a PhD in theological ethics from Marquette University, Milwaukee. She spent one semester in 1996 as a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. From 1988-1997 she was associate professor of humanities at Gwynedd-Mercy College. Her session will describe the vital role that mission integration holds in contemporary health care. Participants will learn the functions of a mission leader within complex and varied systems. They will have the opportunity to learn key competencies necessary for mission leadership and to measure their own personal and academic preparedness for such a role.

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Terri Morris-Nichols, RN, BHA, MHA, CPHQ

Terri is the PeaceHealth System Director of Risk Management and is Adjunct Faculty with Saint Joseph’s College. Terri began her health care career as a Pediatric nurse continuing in leadership positions including Nurse Manager, CNO, Hospital Assistant Administrator, and VP for Performance Improvement. Terri has served as a member of the Washington State Department of Health Adverse Event Advisory Committee and the Washington State Hospital Advisory Committee. She has also served as a member of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Care Transitions Measure Development Technical Expert Panel. She served as a Board member for the Healthcare Quality Certification Board and as a member of the Healthcare Quality Certification Board Examination Committee. Terri is a graduate of the Brent James Intermountain ATP in HealthCare Delivery and is a certified healthcare profession in quality. Her session will review the trends inside the culture of quality, provide information and tools for the transformational quality leader, and help quality leaders test their organization’s quality culture against the needs of the future.

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Kate Clay, MA, BSN

Kate is a registered nurse with a master’s in biomedical ethics. Her most recent nursing practice has been in oncology, with a special interest in advance directives and end of life care. She is a longstanding member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Ethics Committee. She has worked in the shared decision making field since 2002, focusing on integrating decision aids and decision support into clinical care. Kate has also been trained in decision support as a clinical skill, counseled patients based on this training, and trained hundreds of nurses, medical students, social workers, physicians and others using a workshop curriculum designed in collaboration with colleagues at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. In her current position she consults with organizations outside of Dartmouth to transform their interest in shared decision making into concrete training and implementation strategies. She is an instructor in the Department of Orthopaedics and at the Dartmouth Institute. She will focus her presentation on Shared Decision Making.

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Doreen Fadus ME.d

Doreen has been a dynamic leader with over 30 years of progressively responsible human service and health care management experience. Doreen has worked for the past 24 years with the homeless population in employment, education and healthcare program. In her current position as Executive Director of Community Health at Mercy Medical Center, Doreen is responsible for the Health Care for the Homeless program, Vietnamese Health Project and Mass Health Community Outreach. Community involvement has been demonstrated by her participation in many diverse boards and groups including Friends of the Homeless board, Dress for Success, founder and Past President, PVTA Advisory Board member, Catholic Charities Board of Trustees, Regional Employment Board and MCDI Board. Other distinctions include her participation in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts Institute of Community Health Leaders and the UCLA Health Care Executive Program. Doreen’s presentation will be Health Care for the Homeless: 101.