Dr. John Potomski’s 28th Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium Set Nov. 1

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SPACE COAST DAILY HEALTH WEEK BEGINS NOV. 1

Dr. John Potomski presents the Long Term Care Achievement Award to Edry Joseph, LPN, who retired from Avante Healthcare of Melbourne. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the 28th Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 8th annual Space Coast Daily Health Week is set for Nov. 1 through Nov. 3 at the Melbourne Hilton Rialto and will once again feature several exciting events at The Melbourne Hilton Rialto.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the 28th Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association (BCMDA).

BCMDA President John H. Potomski, Jr., D.O., CMD, who created the event, has been a medical provider for residents in Brevard County’s rehabilitation and nursing centers, as well as assisted living facilities for more than 34 years.

Dr. Potomski spends much of his free time advocating for medical legislation at the national, state and local level care for the patients in practice settings.

For the time and talent he has devoted to ensure continuous quality, safe care and conditions for seniors , the most vulnerable demographic age group, Dr. Potomski was recognized as a Central Florida Humanitarian in 2011.

The purpose of this event, which is at no cost to all attendees, is to offer an educational dinner program for the staff of local long-term care facilities in Brevard.

“Twenty-eight years ago, this program was started as an educational dinner meeting for approximately 80 health care professionals in long term care, and has now grown to a spectacular educational event for approximately 500 health care providers,” said Jo Ann Fisher, MSN, FNP-BC, organizer of the symposium and executive director of BCMDA.

This year’s speakers include Dr. Daniel Cannone, who will speak about an Update on Pain Management; Dr. Bija Mathews, who will present Guidelines for Managing Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction; and Deborah Grassman, CEO of Opus Peace, who will present on Soul Injury: Liberating Un-mourned Loss and unforgiven Guilt.

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Several pharmaceutical companies, hospice and home health care organizations, as well as some of Brevard County’s assisted living facilities and pharmacies will support the symposium as exhibitors.

“Without their help this program would not be possible,” said Fisher.

The symposium’s invited attendees include medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nursing directors, administrators, pharmacy consultants, hospice and home health care representatives and facility department heads.

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and attendees will have the opportunity to network and browse the more than 30 symposium sponsor’s vendor booths exhibiting and promoting various health care services and products before the symposium begins. The program begin at 6 p.m.

“Without the support of our loyal sponsors, we would not be where we are now and I can’t thank them enough,” said Dr. Potomski.

As in the past, the final highlight of the evening is BCMDA’s recognition of an individual, over the age of 60, who has devoted at least 20 years of their career to providing outstanding long-term care to their patients.

The individual is nominated by their peers and selected for the honor by the BCMDA awards committee.

THE 2016 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS will be recognized during the Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida. The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their Time, Talent or Treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world. Above, Space Coast Daily Special Correspondent and Central Florida media legend Danny Treanor will be on the Red Carpet interviewing honorees during the Humanitarian awards on Nov. 5. Treanor will also act as the keynote speaker for the 26th Annual Long Term Symposium on Nov. 2.

THE 2017 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS will be recognized during the Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida. The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their Time, Talent or Treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world. Above, Space Coast Daily Special Correspondent and Central Florida media legend Danny Treanor will be on the Red Carpet interviewing honorees during the Humanitarian awards on Nov. 2. Treanor will also act as the keynote speaker for the 28th Annual Long Term Symposium on Nov. 1.

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