EVENT SPOTLIGHT: 29th Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium Set Nov. 7 in Melbourne

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FOUNDED BY John H. Potomski, Jr., D.O., CMD

Dr. John Potomski, right, presents the Long Term Care Achievement Award to Edry Joseph, LPN, who retired from Avante Healthcare of Melbourne. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the 29th 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 29th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, is set for Nov. 7 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place and is presented 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 35 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.

He is devoted to ensuring 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.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey will be the keynote speaker for the 29th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, is set for Nov. 7 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place and is presented by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association.

Brevard County Sheriff will be the keynote speaker.

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“Twenty-nine 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.

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.

SOLARIS HEALTHCARE Merritt Island veteran Stephanie Allen, LPN, was awarded the 2017 Long Term Care Achievement Award by Dr. John Potomski. Above, Allen is congratulated by Solaris staff, along with Administrator Shawn Corley, Director of Nursing Rita Spencer and Medical Director Dr. Brian Walls.

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.

SPEAKERS AND SPONSORS TO APPEAR

Sponsor: VITAS Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Mohan Shah
Topic: Managing your Complex Patients and Reducing Hospital Admissions
Credit: 1 CEU

Sponsor: Janssen
Speaker: Bruce Stein, MD
Topic: Rocket AF Trial Results and Real World Evidence in Now Valvular Atrial Fibrillation

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 will 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.

For more information, call 321-412-0577 or e-mail bcmdacare@gmail.com

Special guest correspondent of Space Coast Daily, Danny Treanor will be at the 2018 Long Term Care Symposium to meet and greet the guests and interview the featured speakers.

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 2018 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS will be recognized during the Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 8 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. 8.

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