WATCH: 29th Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium Big Success, Honors Mary Hyde, Dr. Leon Osmon
By Space Coast Daily // November 19, 2018
More than 500 people attended 29th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: More than 500 people attended the 29th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. Space Coast Daily Special Correspondent Danny Treanor was on hand to meet and greet the guests and interviewed the featured speakers, along with Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium Founder John H. Potomski, Jr.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – More than 500 people attended the 29th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, on Nov. 7 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. The event is presented by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association (BCMDA).
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.
Mary Hyde, RN, of West Melbourne Health and Rehab, was honored with the 2018 Long-Term Care Achievement Award.
Hyde has served with distinction as a nurse for more than 51 years. She came to Brevard County in January 1974 and now lives in Rockledge.
Hyde has been with West Melbourne Health and Rehabilitation for more than 10 years and, prior to that, worked at Holmes Regional Medical Center for 18 years.
Dr. Leon H. Osmon was recognized with a Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding 56-year career practicing medicine in Brevard County. He currently serves as a Medical Team Physician at Hospice of St. Francis and is also part of Parrish Medical Center’s Staff in Titusville.
BCMDA President John H. Potomski, Jr., D.O., CMD, who created the Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, 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 the Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, which was provided 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-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 supported the symposium as exhibitors.
“Without their help, this program would not be possible,” said Fisher.
The symposium’s invited attendees included medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, nursing directors, administrators, pharmacy consultants, hospice and home health care representatives and facility department heads.
Space Coast Daily Special Correspondent Danny Treanor was on hand to meet and greet the guests and interviewed the featured speakers.
During the educational dinner, VITAS Healthcare presented Dr. Mohan Shah spoke on “Managing your Complex Patients and Reducing Hospital Admissions.”
Janssen then sponsored Bruce Stein, MD, who discussed “Rocket AF Trial Results and Real World Evidence in Now Valvular Atrial Fibrillation.”
The attendees had 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 began.
“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.
For more information about the Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium call 321-412-0577 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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