About Our Conference

The Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) 2017 Campaign For Quality (CFQ) promises to provide a new perspective on the ever-changing healthcare industry. 

This popular educational event, celebrating its 16th anniversary, features international, national and local experts presenting on current trends in healthcare, patient experiences, population health topics and patient safety initiatives. CFQ will be held at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, on Friday, October 13, 2017, and is free to attend. A special evening presentation and dinner will be held on Thursday, October 12, at the Radisson Hotel in Utica, New York. 

Allison Massari will kick off CFQ on Friday at Hamilton College. In 1998, Massari survived a devastating near head on car crash where she was trapped and burned, conscious the entire time. Just three years later she was hit again at 60 mph and sustained a closed-head brain injury. Allison has always believed in the miraculous. Her profound journey of overcoming these two life-altering injuries gives her a genuine and direct approach to transcending life’s difficulties. By sharing her story she motivates change – in people and in the organizations that nurture and inspire them. Incredibly, Allison views her life’s experiences as a tremendous gift, one that helped her find strength, resolve, and ultimately, her life’s work. She says, “I didn’t want to just heal. I wanted to feel peaceful. I became relentless in my pursuit to find the answers to life and to achieve self-mastery.”

The conference will also feature John Morley, MD. In March of 2015, Morley is the chief physician executive for population health at the Adirondack Health Institute in Glens Falls, New York. Previously he was chief medical officer for the North Bronx Health Network, a component of NYC Health + Hospitals Corp., New York City’s municipal health system and the largest municipal system in the United States. Morley will speak about the culture of high reliability and how it pertains to business. Prior to accepting this position, he served as director of pre-anesthesia screenings at Albany Medical Center and was appointed medical director in 2001. He then served as medical director for the Office of Health Systems Management in the New York State Department of Health until 2011 when he served as deputy chief medical officer for NYC Health + Hospitals Corporate offices.  

The conference offers nine presentations in total, including topics on:

  • interventional neurology,
  • person-centered care,
  • robotics,
  • infection prevention,
  • virtual care,
  • high reliability,
  • urology,
  • business psychology,
  • population health and more.

“Any provider, any healthcare worker or just anyone concerned about their health or the health of loved ones in general, should make time to attend Campaign For Quality. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” said Scott Perra FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “This educational series brings together incredible speakers with years of experience on various topics that affect all of us. Normally you’d expect to see these renowned speakers in large cities or major academic healthcare institutes but the 2017 CFQ is bringing all of them right here to our community. Even if you can only attend part of this amazing conference, you will come away with knowledge that will positively influence your understanding of healthcare.” 

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2017 Conference

Keynote Speakers

John Morley, MD – Chief Medical Officer at North Bronx Health Network
Dr. Morley was appointed CMO for the North Bronx Health Network in 2015. His background is in anesthesiology, and he previously served as medical director for the Office of Health Systems Management in the New York State Health Department. Most recently, he served as deputy chief medical officer at Health & Hospitals Corporate.

Allison Massari – Artist, Motivational Speaker
Massari experienced two traumatic incidents three years apart – one where she was severely burned on over half of her body. She now shares the story of how she overcame her injuries to find strength and her life’s work. Massari teaches the art of self-leadership, how to be the light in the room no matter the circumstances and how to keep the patient first.

Target Audience

The free educational event on Friday at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, is open to all employees, medical staff and volunteers from hospitals across New York State, as well as the general public. In 2016, nearly 500 physicians, healthcare workers, students and community members were in attendance. More than 50 hospitals and healthcare organizations located throughout New York State were represented at last year’s CFQ.

Learning Objectives

Following this activity participants will be able to:

  • Person-Centered Care
  • Population Health
  • Business Psychology
  • Virtual Care
  • Interventional Neurology
  • Infection Prevention
  • Urology
  • Robotics 
  • High Reliability 
  • And more!

Committee Members

Marianne Baker, MS, RN, CCM, CPHQ – Mohawk Valley Health System
Durinda Durr, MS, RN – Rome Memorial Hospital
Denise M. Jaskolka, BS – Mohawk Valley Health System
Andrea LaGatta – Mohawk Valley Health System
Caitlin McCann – Mohawk Valley Health System
Paul Rubsamen, BA, MS – Mohawk Valley Health System
Timothy Shoen, MD ­– St. Mary’s Healthcare (retired)
Kelly Sperling – Mohawk Valley Health System
Derrick Suehs, Ed.D. – Mohawk Valley Health System
Michael F. Trevisani, MD – Mohawk Valley Health System
Kathryn Ward, MS, MA, RN – Mohawk Valley Health System
Colette Wilk, MSN, RN – Mohawk Valley Health System
Eric Yoss, MD, FCCP - Mohawk Valley Health System