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Nurse Leadership Program Speakers

Deborah Afasano, BSN, RNC, CDONA, HCRM is a certified Director of Nurses, a certified End of Life ELNEC Trainer, and a Health Care Risk Manager. Her diverse nursing background spans over 40 years in acute and long term care settings. Debbie is currently the Vice President of Clinical Services for KR Management, LLC with skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Florida. She is a former governor appointee to the Florida Center for Nursing, and the founding chair of the FHCA Senior Clinicians Council. Debbie is the 2011 recipient of the NADONA Spirit of Nursing Presidents Award, and an inductee into the Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

Pre-Session: Alzheimer's Training
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Session #11: It’s about the Relationships - Healing through Connections
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.


Kimberly Biegasiewicz began her career in long term care as a floor nurse and quickly moved up the ranks holding positions such as 3-11 supervisor, assistant director of nursing, director of nursing and regional director of clinical services. In 2018, Kimberly was presented with the opportunity to lead the clinical team of the Avante Group as the Vice President of Clinical Services all while continuing her education and graduating with her Masters in Health Care Administration from Ashford University. Kimberly has served on the board for FADONA from 2015-2020 in various positions include the Regional Vice President role and most recently Secretary for the organization. She is actively involved in FHCA on various committees including Senior Clinicians Council, Public Relations Committee, FCAL committee, and Survey and Regulatory Committee. Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband Scott and her dog Coco. She also spends her time away from work with her two beautiful nephews Tommy and Travis.


Session #2 (repeated #14): Competencies: Improving on Quality of Care with an Education Flair
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
 

Session #14 (repeat of #2): Competencies: Improving on Quality of Care with an Educational Flair
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Robin Bleier, is the President of RB Health Partners, Inc., a long term care consultancy firm. She is the past Chair of the FHCA Emergency Preparedness Council, past Chair of the FHC PAC, and a vested long term care advocate through her volunteerism and affiliation with numerous professional associations and committees. Robin is a featured state and national presenter, is FHCA’s RAI-MDS-PPS Bootcamp trainer and has been educating on this and other topics nationally since 1998. RB Health Partners, Inc. has a strategic partnership with FHCA, consulting with the Association on quality affairs, including survey readiness.


Session #1 (repeat of #13): Practical PDPM Considerations for Nurse
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Session #13 (repeat of #1): Practical PDPM Considerations for Nurse
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session #18: Keys to Effective Risk Management Investigations
Friday, May 29, 2020
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.


 


Kim Broom has been a Registered Nurse for 33 years and 23 of those years have been in long term care. Since 2017 she has been the Director of Clinical & Regulatory Services at Florida Health Care Association and serves as the liaison to the Risk/Compliance Council, Senior Clinicians Council and the Florida  Assisted Living Center Committee.


Session # 4: Laws and Rules
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:45 - 2:45 p.m.


A.C. Burke has over 20 years of experience in health care, is board certified in infection control and holds a master degree in health management. She has served as the healthcare-associated infection prevention program manager for the Florida Department of Health, the director of infection prevention at Mayo Clinic Florida and is currently the Vice President of Healthcare Quality for RB Health Partners, Inc.


Session #6: Infection Control - Enhanced Barrier
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Session #12: Infection Contol Hot Topics
Thursday, May 28, 2020
8:15 - 10:15 a.m.


Lorraine Fabry is a registered nurse, who has experience in many roles, such as director of education, MDS coordinator, risk manager, resident care coordinator and director of nursing for Hawthorne Village facilities. Lorraine has had twenty-four years’ experience in hospital critical care, emergency room and home health. She is graduate of University of Tampa with Bachelor of Science Degree. Lorraine has published several power point presentations on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders for ALF Level, I & II, Medical Error Preventions and article on Future in Home Health Nursing. She has received Hawthorne Village's Shining Star and Director’s Award for outstanding service.


Pre-Session: LPN Supervisory Training and CNA Train-the-Trainer for RN Instructors
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Deborah Franklin is the Senior Director of Quality Affairs for Florida Health Care Association (FHCA). She is responsible for leading the Association's internal quality department while pioneering initiatives on quality improvement in long term care. Previously Deborah has served as Director of Operations for the not-for-profit Florida Living Options, which operates the Hawthorne Villages in Florida. She has successful experience with organizational leadership and health care management, opening and managing new facilities and turning around troubled facilities. Deborah Franklin is a past president of FHCA, a Walter M. Johnson, Jr. Circle of Excellence Award an Arthur H. Harris Government Services Award recipient and a graduate of the American Health Care Association Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America program. She has served on the Governor's transition team for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Lt. Governor's Health Care Planning Council and the Hillsborough County Indigent Health Care Advisory Council.


Welcoming Remarks and ENLA Graduation
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:00 -12:30 p.m.

Session #5: Grievances - Customer Satisfaction
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Karen Goldsmith currently serves as Florida Health Care Association's Regulatory Counsel and previously served as the association's Legal Counsel since 1980. In addition, she represents a significant number of health care providers in Florida. She is currently rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest rating in ethics and professionalism that they give. She is on the American Health Care Association's Legal Subcommittee and served as its Chair for three years. Karen is active in the American Health Lawyers Association and served as Chair of their Long Term Care subgroup for two years. She has been published in several books produced by AHLA. Karen practices primarily in long term care.


Session #17: Awards Luncheon and Regulatory Hot Topics
Thursday, May 28, 2020
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.


Joanne Labiak is an adult nurse practitioner with dual specialty certification as a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN) and Certified Wound Care Specialist (CWS). Her nursing and wound care experience of 40 years includes both acute and post-acute care. As the Vice President of Clinical Services/Post-Acute Division for Medline Industries, she focused on developing holistic evidence based and best practice strategies for skin and wound care as well as educational programs for organizations and clinicians. Currently, she is the Owner of Certified Wound Care Specialists, LLC, providing specialty care and guidance to residents with skin, wound, ostomy, and fistulae challenges in skilled nursing centers, assisted living facilities, on hospice care and at home. She has also served as an expert witness in litigation cases related to pressure injuries that were incurred in skilled nursing centers. Joanne is a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical Center School of Nursing, LaSalle University, and Seton Hall University.


Session #3 (repeat of #15): A Systematic Approach to Skin Health and Wound Management
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Session #15 (repeat of #3):A Systematic Approach to Skin Health and Wound Management
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Christa Lynn is a licensed therapist in the State of Florida, a certified clinical trauma professional, an RYT 200-hour Yoga instructor, and a second-generation survivor of sex trafficking. She is the founder of an organization providing direct services to adult trafficking survivors in Southwest Florida and is Executive Director of Anti-Trafficking at One More Child. She uses a trauma-competent approach to build teams throughout Florida that provide opportunities for healing and restoration. She embraces a model that focuses on the underlying vulnerabilities and generational cycles of exploitation. She believes that individualized and highly holistic care are necessary to prevent and stop recidivism. Christa passionately invests in her staff and is dedicated to raising up both survivor-leaders and allies who are intentional to work in teams using a blended model of professionals.


Session #16: Human Trafficking
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Holly Musselwhite joined AdventHealth Care Centers in 2015 and serves as Director of Specialty Programs. She has 20 years of health care experience, fueled by a passion for clinical excellence - in acute care, clinical leadership and education, staffing, and most recently in SNF/LTC. Holly loves to travel and learn about how health care works throughout the world. She holds a Master’s in Business from Southern Adventist University and a Bachelor’s in Nursing.


Session #9: Success Against Sepsis: Implementing a Winning Strategy
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


Tom Parker has over ten years of reimbursement experience and currently serves as the Director of Reimbursement for Florida Health Care Association. On behalf of FHCA, he serves as a liaison to the Florida Legislature, Agency for Health Care Administration, Department of Elder Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, American Health Care Association Reimbursement Committee, FHCA Reimbursement Committee and other relevant state and federal entities regarding issues of reimbursement and health care finance policy.


Session #1 (repeat of #13): Practical PDPM Considerations for Nurse
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Session #13 (repeat of #1): Practical PDPM Considerations for Nurse
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Jeana Partington is a registered nurse with over 30 years' experience in health care and over 20 years working in quality improvement and resident safety. She has worked at Alliant Quality for over five years. Her current position is as the Program Director for Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.


Session #10: Using Quality Improvement Tools to Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.


Kim Smoak has been with the Agency for Health Care Administration since August 1995. She is the Bureau Chief of Field Operations located in the Division of Health Quality Assurance. She is responsible for ensuring both federal and state survey work is completed timely, monitors quality improvement/quality assurance activity, training of survey staff and other division staff. She oversees the eight field offices, the complaint administration unit and the survey and certification branch within the division. Kim is also the State Survey Agency Director for the State of Florida. Kim holds a Master’s of Science in Health with the program emphasis in Aging Studies. She is also a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP). In 2009 and 2017, she received Survey & Certification Achievement Awards, presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for her work in Survey and Certification.


Session #18: Keys to Effective Risk Management Investigations
Friday, May 29, 2020
8:00  - 10:00 a.m.

Session #19: CMS RoP Phase III: Overview for Nurse Leaders
Friday, May 29, 2020
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Dr. Marianne Thomas is the Director of One More Child's Anti-Trafficking program, mom of four sons, grandmother of three and mentor to survivors of sex trafficking. Marianne has been providing direct services to sexually exploited and trafficked persons since 2014 and continues to do so as she leads a Mobile Crisis team and One More Child's Anti-Trafficking Safe Home. She uses a trauma-competent approach to build teams throughout Florida that provide opportunities for healing and restoration. Marianne enjoys the outdoors, physical fitness and Netflix, but her greatest joy is spoiling her grandchildren.


Session #16: Human Trafficking
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Kim Warnecke is a nursing home administrator by trade and has worked in the amazing profession of skilled nursing and post-acute care for over 20 years. Although she worked as a successful administrator for several years in Destin, Florida, she knew she wanted more involvement on the human resource side of the business. Her passion is quite simply put, people. At work, at home or even at a Wal-Mart, treating people as you would like all of your customers to be treated, does make a difference! Over the years, Kim has transitioned from a nursing home administrator to human resource representative to vice president of organization & talent effectiveness to her current role as Chief People Officer (CPO) for Health Care Navigator, a shared services company. There, Kim lends her expertise with her passion for people through training & education to over 15,000 associates across five companies nationwide. She enjoys sharing her passion for people and empowering others to do the same.


Session #8: Finding Work/Life Balance - Manage Yourself, Motivate Your People
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Nina Willingham is a skilled nursing center administrator who loves creating new programs and services to benefit the lives of her stakeholders. Her career focus on quality initiatives and leadership development have led her center to achieve multiple national and state awards, including the American Health Care Association’s Bronze, Silver and Gold National Quality Awards. Her center was the first center in Florida to have earned the Gold National Quality Award and one of only 28 nationwide. Additional awards include the JCAHO Ernest A. Codman Award for Performance Improvement, Nursing Homes Magazine Optima Award for excellence in resident focused care and a Five Star Rating from Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services consistently since 2010. Nina has been recognized as Florida Health Care Association Administrator of the Year, received the FHCA Walter M. Jonson Circle of Excellence award, and received both President’s Award and Chairman’s Award, the highest honor an associate can receive from Life Care Centers of America. Nina is a Past President of both Florida Health Care Association and FHCA Quality Foundation. She served as a Master Examiner for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award program and is a member of the program’s Board of Overseers. Nina is published in Spectrum Magazine, Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, Nursing Homes Magazine and Healthy Skin Magazine. She is a state and national speaker on end-of-life issues, quality improvement, program development, culture change and the American Health Care Association nation quality award program. Nina received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She has been the Senior Executive Director at Life Care Center of Sarasota since 2001.


Session #7: Defining Leadership and Management
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.