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LED Talks

Monday, March 6, 2017
​2:30pm - 4:30pm 

Provider magazine will curate a series of thought-provoking talks. Known as LED -- Lead, Engage, Discover -- they are aimed at bringing you topics and ideas that are evocative, inspirational, and sometimes unsettling.

The Millennials' Real Impact on Employee Turnover 

Talk Leader: Cara Siletto

Talk Description: The long term and post-acute business is changing, and so have employee expectations. As the economy improves, more job opportunities exist and LinkedIn poachers are hunting for talent. This means the power has shifted, since the recession, from employers to employees. To retain critical talent, successful companies are putting forth intentional effort and resources to create an organizational culture where people want to work. In addition, the Millennials (workers under 36) are now the largest generational group in the workforce, and they'll outnumber the Boomers and GenXers combined by 2020. Cara Silletto, a millennial herself, will share a new perspective on the Millennial mindset. She will uncover why Millennials think and act so differently than previous generations and share strategies for improving management effectiveness in order to reduce unnecessary employee turnover. Her first-hand stories about technology, authority, work/life balance, loyalty and entitlement fuel an eye-opening discussion about which traditional business principles need a revamp for today's changing workplace.

Never Burn a Bridge 

Talk Leader: Bob Siebel 

Talk Description: Those in the long term and post-acute care profession know the importance of understanding and utilizing management techniques and protocols for improved outcomes with resident and staff satisfaction. As our world increasingly revolves around data mining, measurement tools, and ever changing management improvement ideas, we sometimes forget that a large part of the success of both individuals and organizations is their willingness to work in divergent, and sometimes adversarial situations and to move beyond personalities for a positive outcome. Relationships, whether personal or business, really matter. The person we are upset with today may resurface tomorrow as a key decision maker that can improve or decimate our outcomes. Bob Siebel, president and chief executive officer of Carriage Healthcare, Inc., knows this all too well. Citing personal experience and observation, he discusses helpful tools for interfacing with residents, families, government, insurers, and others who have a direct influence on your ability to achieve both personal and business related goals. In short, this concept is “Never Burn a Bridge.”

Saying No to More: Medical Care At The End Of Life 

Talk Leader: David Gifford, MD, Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, AHCA/NCAL, Washington, DC 

Talk Description: As a geriatrician, Dr. David Gifford has spent much time talking to his elderly patients and their families about what they wanted as they grew older. While society assumes more health care is better and living longer is better, his patients did not always share this view.  In fact, they usually expressed a desire to maximize their quality of life, even when it increased their risk of harm or a shorter life. For family members and care providers, this often conflicts with the traditional approach of maximizing a patient’s safety and extending their life using more medical care. Often, more medical care at the end of life does not help improve individuals’ health. It may or may not prolong one’s life in a state of health the person does not want at the expense of a much worse quality of life. This session will discuss this tension and incorporate personal and professional stories of patients who decided against more medical care and putting the concept of “no to more” into practice. 

From Patient to Practitioner, A Personal Journey

Talk Leader: Jessica Sobul, Rehabilitation Director, FutureCare ​

Talk Description: Jessica Sobul, Rehab Director at FutureCare, is no stranger to overcoming incredible obstacles. Her journey through pregnancy, cancer, and a MRSA infection left her trached on ventilator in a medically induced coma, bed bound with bilateral foot drop and a stage 3 pressure ulcer to her sacrum, all while being a new mother. In this presentation, she will discuss her amazing journey from patient to practitioner. From the interdisciplinary team of professionals who directly impacted her recovery process to her family and caregivers providing much empathy and love, several individuals facilitated her personal motivation to a path of wellness. After coming full circle through her recovery, Jessica’s Aha moment was just the beginning to a life beyond recovery. 

Lester's Legacy: Finding the Artist Within

Talk Leader: Dr. Daniel Potts, Attending Neurologist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Founder and President, Cognitive Dynamics, Medical Director, Dementia Dynamics, LLC 

Talk Description: Lester Potts Jr., an Alabama saw miller, became an acclaimed watercolor artist while he was in the throes of Alzheimer's disease. He had never shown artistic talent prior to the diagnosis.  Those close to Lester sensed that this creative awakening freed his spirit from the prison of dementia, enabling the content of his character and life story to find expression through art, even as his verbal ability faded.  

At a time when most would size up Lester as being "less than," he proved himself to be "more than."  This newly discovered gift brightened his affect, gave back his confidence, and restored pride in his capabilities. By honoring his story through art, Lester raised his own banner in triumph, and left dementia lying in the sawdust. 

Lester's life and art, now known internationally, continue to educate and inspire.  They speak of the indomitable human spirit, the importance of narrative and story sharing, and the fact that personhood remains until the very last breath, regardless of cognitive state. In this unique talk, Daniel Potts, Lester’s son, will share his father’s legacy via a visual journey of his art. Daniel is a neurologist, poet, and founder of Cognitive Dynamics, a foundation created in his father’s legacy, dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with cognitive disorders (such as Alzheimer’s disease) and their caregivers.

Entrepreneur in Residence

Talk Leader: Andrew Smith, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Brookdale Senior Living

Talk Description: Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. is committed to supporting innovation to address the needs and preferences of seniors and their families. In 2015, they realized that many entrepreneurs, while passionate about serving seniors, lack easy access to their desired customer base. Serving more than 100,000 residents in 1,100 communities across 47 states, Brookdale is uniquely positioned to help entrepreneurs ensure they design products and services with seniors, not just for them. Andrew Smith, Brookdale’s director of strategy and innovation, will share stories from Brookdale’s Entrepreneur in Residence program, where innovators are invited to move into a community, living and creating alongside the residents they seek to serve.