Bethesda, Md., (April 10, 2012) - On April 20, Charles E. Smith Life Communities, together with Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital, members of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will convene 200 health care practitioners, professional and family caregivers for a thought-provoking symposium, "Transitions in Care: Perspectives for Clinicians and Caregivers," at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. The symposium is particularly timely as moving patients safely from one health care setting to another is a key topic in medicine, a critical point where accurate communications, proven models of care and the positive involvement of family caregivers are imperative. Nearly one-fifth of hospital discharges and almost one-quarter of long-term care admissions are returned to the hospital within 30 days. Many of these readmissions are preventable, and the symposium will address best practices to reduce unnecessary discharges and hospital readmissions. Dr. Eric Coleman, geriatrician and internationally recognized pioneer in Care Transitions, will set the foundation for the day’s discussion. In his keynote address, he will review the regulatory and clinical barriers to safe transitions, best practices in transitions and their common elements that participants can adopt, and what must change in the health care system to achieve quality in transitions. The "Coleman Model" he developed is an evidence-based program being implemented across the country to promote efficient, safer transitions. The 200 symposium participants can choose educational tracks with insights from exceptionally credentialed presenters focusing on The impact of policy and law on transitions -- essential information for physicians, administrators and other health care leaders. Transitions from the trenches, with Dr. Joseph Ouslander, innovator of the INTERACT II system, and Dr. Michael Zenilman, geriatric surgeon. When care giving is a moving experience—instruction for both professional and family caregivers in how to be empowered and engaged in a positive fashion in transitions. Attendees will reconvene for lunch and a closing discussion on end-of-life-care, best practices for the final transition, as Care Transitions, particularly multiple and closely-spaced ones, often signal the approach of end-of-life. This expert panel will discuss the spiritual, medical, emotional and legal perspectives. Registration to the half-day symposium is open now at www.hebrew-home.org/2012symposium. Physicians may register for $100, and healthcare professionals or family caregivers may register for $75. The symposium provides CMEs and CEUs for attendees in medicine, nursing, social work, assisted living and nursing home administration; please see brochure or website for details. The website also lists all presenters and moderators, with their credentials. Registration information is also available at 301.816.7715. "For the past 102 years, the Hebrew Home (now, Charles E. Smith Life Communities), has been a leader and advocate in providing quality care not only for our residents, but all seniors," said Warren R. Slavin, president and CEO of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities. "This is a critical issue within the eldercare and health care industries. Through insightful dialogue, we fulfill our role as part of the effort to advance the future of care." This symposium follows a well-received program on dementia care presented as part of the organization’s centennial celebration in 2010.
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for almost 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.