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Annual Healthcare Forum

26th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum



The 26th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum kicked off on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Del Tech in Dover with DHA President and CEO Wayne Smith providing a presentation, Cupola & Dome: A Legislative Update, that reviewed health-related legislation in Delaware from 2022 as well as what can be expected in the year ahead.

DHA’s Vice President Megan McNamara Williams, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP moderated an important panel on the Future of the Healthcare Workforce in Delaware featuring: Timothy E. Gibbs, MPH, NPMc, Executive Director, Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association; Kelly Davis, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, RN to BSN, Instructional Director, Delaware Technical Community College; Loretta Ostroski, MSN RN, Vice President Inpatient Nursing and Emergency Services, Beebe Healthcare; and Elizabeth Speakman , EdD, RN, FNAP, ANEF, FAAN, Sr. Associate Dean of Nursing, Professor, Chief Executive Nurse, University of Delaware School of Nursing. The panel reviewed the current healthcare workforce landscape and opportunities to expand the pipeline to meet future needs.
Bettina Riveros, JD, Chief Equity Officer, SVP, Government Affairs & Community Engagement, ChristianaCare, moderated an important discussion on Equity & Improving Health. The panel featured: Lydell Lettsome, MD, FACS Director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Services, Bayhealth; Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD, FAAP, Vice President, Chief Health Equity Officer, Nemours Children’s Health; Kathryn Fiddler, DNP, MBA, RN, Vice President Population Health & Interim Chief Nurse Executive, TidalHealth; and Erin Booker, LPC, Vice President Behavioral Health and Social Care Integration, ChristianaCare. Each described how hospitals and health systems must take steps to address health equity to improve population health and health outcomes. 
Wayne Smith presented the Most Valuable PAC Player Award to John Van Gorp, MA, MBA, CPA, Sr. Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Bayhealth for his leadership in supporting the Health Executives Action League (HEAL) Political Action Committee (PAC) of employees of Delaware Healthcare Association Member Hospitals, Health Systems, and Providers.
Wayne Smith presented the Grassroots Champion Award to Heather Farley, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP, Chief Wellness Officer, ChristianaCare, for her work on healthcare worker wellbeing, including advocating for legislation (SB 300) to ensure physicians are able to seek treatment for anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges without undue stigma or fear of losing their medical license.
ChristianaCare’s Dr. Heather Farley also moderated a panel on Caring for Caregivers: Cutting Edge Strategies in Delaware. The panel featured: Marcy Jack, JD, BSN, CPHRM, CPHQ, Chief Quality Officer, Beebe Healthcare; Maureen Leffler, DO, MPH, Chief Wellness Officer, Nemours Children’s Health; and Kelly Abbrescia, DO, FACEP, Medical Director Emergency Services, Chair, Emergency Medicine, Medical Director, Clinical Decision Unit, Bayhealth. These experts discussed strategies that hospitals and health systems can and have implemented to provide needed support for caregivers.
The Forum closed with the ACHE Panel: Telemedicine in the Healthcare Delivery System. The panel was moderated by Jonathan Kaufmann, DO, Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, Bayhealth and featured: Gemma Lowery, CVH, Technology Manager for Digital Solutions, ChristianaCare; Alta M. Porterfield, Statewide Social Innovator at Delaware Libraries; and Megan Werner, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Associate Medical Director of Population Health & Quality, Westside Family Healthcare. The panelists explored the rapid deployment of telehealth services to meet patient needs during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as benefits and challenges with this mode of care.

We want to thank all the sponsors and attendees for participating in the 26th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum. We look forward to seeing you again at next year's Forum.



Sponsors of the 26th Annual Delaware Healthcare Forum