FOCUS 2015 Held in Wisconsin Dells

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services held FOCUS 2015, its annual conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Nearly 1,000 registrants from all long-term care facility backgrounds were registered for the Conference.

Click HERE to read full session descriptions.

Attendance for the FOCUS conference is geared toward the following professionals:

  • Assisted Living Facilities (Adult Day Cares, Adult Family Homes, Community Based Residential Facilities, Residential Care Apartment Complexes)
  • Division of Quality Assurance
  • Facilities Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Providers
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Pharmacists

On Thursday, Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judith Paice, Director of Cancer Pain Program Division of Hematology and oncology at Northwestern University Freiburg school of Medicine in Chicago, offered a talk on “Safe and Effective Pain Control.”

Secretary Kitty Rhoades spoke during the opening session of Thursday’s FOCUS 2015 programming. The Secretary issued a challenge to providers to find methods to breaking down “artificial barriers” to providing care, including ways to address the workforce staffing shortage.

“Being a CNA needs to be a path to a brighter future,” said Secretary Rhodes, who singled out Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill for the facility’s efforts to recruit retirees as CNAs to supplement its workforce.

Another example that the Secretary used was providing college students room and board in a nursing facility exchange for their help in caring for residents, a method that has been used in some European countries.

Following, Rhoades’ remarks, Otis Woods, Administrator of the Division of Quality Assurance, discussed the antibiotic stewardship program that has been successfully implemented at Park Manor in Park Falls as a result of the efforts of the facility’s medical director, Dr. Joe Boero and Director of Nursing Services, Paula Koch. Boero and Koch offered a presentation on the topic during one of the sessions at FOCUS.

Click HERE to read an article on Park Manor’s success.

Congratulations to Cindy Robinson, Executive Director of Golden LivingCenters – Riverview in Tomahawk, and Laura Holmstrom of Willowfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in Delevan were the winners of this year’s drawings of a collapsible cooler and a comfortable collapsible chair!

WHCA/WiCAL has contacted DHS officials to determine when recorded versions of these presentations will be available, and whether the recorded versions of these sessions will be available for attendees exclusively or any member of Wisconsin’s LTC provider community. Stay tuned to CareConnection for information on when these videos will be posted.

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