Events

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5:00pm
The Funny Thing About StressKay Frances, MBA

When it comes to humor, Frances is the “real deal” having performed as a professional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs. In her presentation, Frances will explain the meaning and causes of stress and how it impacts our lives, specific strategies for prevention and managing stress and minimizing its effects on our well-being, and how to implement stress management techniques in the workplace. 

$20 per person, seating limited, reservations required. Thank you to Iroquois Healthcare for supporting the additional cost of the dinner and presentation for all attendees.

5 p.m.  – Cocktails

6 p.m. – Dinner

7 p.m. – Presentation

Friday, October 14, 2016

8:15am to 9:30am
Sick Girl Speaks: Creating Authentic PartnershipTiffany Christensen

Tiffany Christensen is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer and the Patient and Family Engagement Specialist at the North Carolina Quality Center working on operationalizing Patient and Family Engagement best practices across North Carolina.

Christensen, born with cystic fibrosis, uses her extensive patient history as a backdrop to weave together themes of partnership, patient safety and satisfaction. By embracing the four principles of patient and family-centered care, participants will expand the possibilities of decreasing medical error through partnership with concrete strategies born from TeamSTEPPS tools.

10:00am to 11:00am
Teaching Quality Improvement and Patient Safety to People in the Medical World: It’s Time For Teamwork James Desemone, MD, FACP

James Desemone, MD, FACP, is a practicing Diabetes Specialist and Endocrinologist who has several leadership positions for Quality Improvement at Albany Medical Center. He is an associate professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College. Dr. Desemone attended Canisius College in Buffalo and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, followed by an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Desemone will discuss why physicians-in-training have a unique perspective on quality improvement and patient safety, explore the differences between a process errors and professional practice errors and describe each person’s role in a Root Cause Analysis meeting.

11:30am to 12:30pm
Advances in Cardiothoracic Surgery – The future is bright.Anne Cahill, MD

Anne Cahill, MD, a specialist in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, is part of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Group. Dr. Cahill specializes in operations on the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs in the chest and women’s cardiac health. She is board certified in Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Cahill will discuss advances in cardiothoracic surgery.

“They’re Not Ready for Palliative Care” – Applying Palliative Care Principles to the Seriously Ill George J. Giokas, MD

George J. Giokas, MD, is the director of Palliative Care at The Community Hospice in Rensselaer, New York. He is a member of the state-wide medical orders for life-sustaining treatment (MOLST) implementation team and sees patients as director of the Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, New York.

Dr. Giokas will explain the differences between comfort care, hospice care, primary and specialized palliative care, identify patient populations who likely would benefit from primary palliative care and discuss ways to support decision makers for patients with critical illness.

Understanding, Preventing and Managing Professional BurnoutBrad Bennett, PhD

Brad Bennett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the director of Clinton Therapy & Testing Center in Clinton, New York.  His practice addresses the needs of both adults and children, specializing in family psychotherapy and psychological evaluation. Dr. Bennett also has served, since 2003, as director of Behavioral Medicine for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program in Utica, New York.

Dr. Bennett will discuss the concept of burnout and how it can affect workers and their colleagues, how to prevent burnout from occurring and how to manage burnout symptoms.

Update on Knee Injuries in the Young AthleteMiera Yeger-McKeever, MD

Miera Yeger-McKeever, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Orthopedic Group, specializing in sports medicine. Prior to joining the MVHS Medical Group, Dr. Yeger-McKeever worked as an orthopedic surgeon in multiple New Jersey medical centers and served as an assistant team physician for many professional and collegiate teams.

In this presentation, Dr. Yeger-McKeever will discuss knee anatomy, common knee injuries requiring surgery and new techniques in treatment.

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Lunch and Iroquois Luncheon

Lunch is free for all attendees. Iroquois members are invited to have lunch in a separate area and receive an update from Gary Fitzgerald, president and CEO of Iroquois Healthcare Alliance.

1:30pm to 2:30pm
Population Health: Is it the Secret Sauce?David Nash, MBA, MD

David Nash, MBA, MD, is a board-certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development and quality-of-care improvement. Dr. Nash is currently the Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health and has repeatedly been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare.

Dr. Nash will review the history of the failures in our healthcare system, explore the tenets of population health and connect population health to health reform.

2:45pm to 4:00pm
Motivational Interviewing: Simple and Practical Tools to Increase Patient Motivation to ChangeBrad Bennett, PhD

Brad Bennett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the director of Clinton Therapy & Testing Center in Clinton, New York. His practice addresses the needs of both adults and children, specializing in family psychotherapy and psychological evaluation. Dr. Bennett also has served, since 2003, as director of Behavioral Medicine for the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program in Utica, New York.

Dr. Bennett will discuss motivational interviewing and its clinical usefulness along with how to use motivational interviewing effectively.

Antibiotic Stewardship: Why and How to Build a ProgramWaleed Albert, MD, FACP

Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, is the medical director for Quality and Utilization at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) of the Mohawk Valley Health System. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease, a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Physicians Executives. Dr. Albert most recently held the position of chief medical officer at Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, New York.

Dr. Albert explores the importance of appropriate antibiotic usage, the serious impact of drug resistant bacteria and explains the elements of a stewardship program.

Radiation Oncology – Redefining the Possibilities of Cancer TreatmentPaul Abbass, RT(T), MS, CMD, DABR

Paul Abbass, RT(T), MS, CMD, DABR, is the chief of Medical Physics for the Cancer Center of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), as well as radiation safety officer for the Faxton Campus. Abbass is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University, teaching junior and senior level radiation physics courses.

Abbass will present a radiation oncology timeline, discuss cancer treatment and explore how radiation oncology is evolving.

Press Ganey Associates, Inc. - Patient Experience PanelJamie McAdams, Joe Gallion, Laura Franckowiak, MS, RN, Marshall Burkhart

Jamie McAdams

Jamie McAdams is the president of the Northeast Region of Press Ganey Associates, Inc. He works with leadership teams, helping to coordinate quality improvement efforts designed to increase patient loyalty and market growth. He specializes in working with executives and boards to create an understanding around experience strategy.

Joe Gallion

Joe Gallion is a manager of Advisory Services with Press Ganey Associates, Inc. Joe brings a varied background in healthcare improvement drawing from his work with academic research medical centers, regional health systems, critical access/rural hospitals, medical practices, behavioral health providers, and post-acute networks.

Laura Franckowiak

Laura Franckowiak is an advisor with Press Ganey Associates, Inc. She brings a dynamic approach in partnering with, and educating facilities in the successful implementation of improvement initiatives. Based in Albany, New York, Laura has nearly 20 years of health care experience. She has a passion for improving the patient experience, quality of care, and employee engagement. 

Marshall Burkhart

Marshall Burkhart is a regional director with Press Ganey Associates, Inc. Marshall manages relationships between Press Ganey and health systems and healthcare facilities across the Northeast region. In this role, he engages with client organizations to improve the overall performance and experience for patients, families and employees. 

In this presentation, the panel will discuss the importance of always providing an excellent patient experience, recent research findings related to the patient experience and the value of providing “Compassionate Connected Care”.