EVENT SPOTLIGHT: 30th Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium Set For Nov. 6
By Space Coast Daily // August 6, 2019
presented by Dr. John Potomski and the Brevard County Medical Directors Association
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 30th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, is set for Nov. 6 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place and is presented by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association.
Brevard County Medical Directors Association 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 36 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.
Initially, this was intended as an educational offering to the nursing staff in our long term care facilities as a thank you for their hard work and commitment.
“Thirty 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 Dr. Potomski.
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 Dr. Potomski.
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
• Deborah Grassman, ARNP – OPUS Peace Founder
Grassman is a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner whose 30-year career at the Department of Veterans Affairs included being the Director of the Hospice program, as well as personally taking care of more than 10,000 dying veterans.
She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in caring for Veterans nearing the end of life. She is a contributing author in four textbooks, has 25 published articles, and five documentary films featuring her work.
Grassman is most well-known for identifying the unique needs of Veterans as they near the end of life which has become the basis for NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans program.
• Arif Nazir, Chief Medical Officer, Signature Healthcare; President, SHC Medical Partners
Nazir is the president of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and is also the past chair of its Innovations Platform Advisory Council.
He has received many professional awards, most notably the Louisville Business First’s 20 People to Know: Healthcare award in 2018, and the Indiana Hulman Health Achievement Award for Public Health in 2015.
Nazir has published his research in several peer-reviewed journals and frequently presents at regional and national platforms on geriatric care issues.
• David Brownings, also known as “The Mayberry Deputy”
Brownings is a multifaceted entertainer portraying “Barney Fife” whose improvisation talent and characterizations is a bridge between “The Andy Griffith Show” and today.
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 email@example.com
Special guest correspondent of Space Coast Daily, Danny Treanor will be at the 2019 Long Term Care Symposium to meet and greet the guests and interview the featured speakers.
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