More than 20 of the nation’s pre-eminent health care experts will invigorate the Saint Joseph’s College’s Fifth Annual Health Care Symposium in July. The program, titled “Health Care’s Future: Realizing the Promise” in celebration of the college’s Centennial anniversary, will cover topics ranging from health-care reform and ethics to traumatic brain injuries and breast care.

The symposium is designed for anyone in a supervisory position in health care, including administrators, nurses, and technician. Attendees can opt to stay for any or all of the days during the July 23-27 sessions. In the end, participants will have acquired the knowledge necessary to face any obstacle in the constantly changing health-care field.

“The goal,” says symposium coordinator Larry Messner, is “to educate and update health-care leaders regarding the current health-care climate. We want to prepare them for the changes that will affect their organizations in the future.” He is a faculty member for the Saint Joseph’s online undergraduate and graduate health administration programs.

Well-known leaders presenting at the program include keynote speaker Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association; Dr. Merrill Matthews, director of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance; and Steven Chies, senior vice president for operations at the Benedictine Health System.

Anne Logan, a North Carolina-based nurse who attended the symposium in 2010, says access to national experts is a highlight of the program.

“My favorite part is networking and learning from instructors and guest speakers… In 2010, I had the opportunity to have a case study published in [past speaker] Diana Crowell’s textbook,” Logan said.

In addition to general sessions, the symposium will offer tracks focused on specific industries for the first time, including radiologic technology, long-term care administration and interdisciplinary leadership.

The sessions themselves — both general and specific — span a wide range of subject areas. Twila Weiszbrod, director of the college’s health administration program, describes these subjects as a “mosaic of topics” designed to give attendees “a lot of information in a short period of time.” That format allows attendees to meet degree or employment requirements quickly, she explains.

General Session Schedule

Monday, July 23

Health Reform: What It Means Now and Into the Future for Our Country

Tuesday, July 24

The Ethics of Health Care Reform

Wednesday, July 25

Preventing Hospital Readmissions…It Takes a Team!

Thursday, July 26

Health Industry Integration and Physician Readiness for the New Health Care Environment

Friday, July 27

Simplifying Change in a Complex Health Care Environment

Hospital Efficiency: The Key to Health Reform Survival

Breakout Session Schedule

Monday, July 23

What Every Clinician and Health Care Professional Needs to Know About Destructive/Exploitive Cults

Innovations in Eldercare: Promising Approaches to Age-Old Challenges

Integrating Mission: The Heart of Who We Are and What We Do

Tuesday, July 24

Breast Care 101

From Administrator to Resident: Perspective from the Other Side

Transformational Leadership and the Culture of Quality

Wednesday, July 25

Quality Control in the Age of Digital Imaging

Health Care Reform and the Future for Long-term Care Providers

Health Care for the Homeless: 101

Thursday, July 26

Concussions 101: The Science Behind Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Shaping New Leaders for a New Era

Shared Decision Making: More Than Just the Right Thing To Do

Registrations are being accepted through July 16. To register or for more details, please, visit To register by phone, call: 207-893-7841 or 800-752-4723.

Sidebar highlight box:

Online health-related graduate degrees:

• Master of Health Administration health care managers for leadership roles in organizations that deliver, regulate, or provide health care services.

• Master of Science in Nursing practicing nurses and others in the health-care community for leadership nursing roles in education or administration.

Online health-related undergraduate degrees:

• BS in Nursing is for registered nurses who want to increase their knowledge in evidence-based care, clinical decision making, ethical practice, population-based care, and health promotion and disease prevention.

• BS in Health Administration the necessary foundation and framework for growth and success as a health care administrator.

• BS in Long-Term Care Administration students for administrative positions in long-term care settings.

• BS and AS Radiologic Science Administration radiologic science professionals for supervisory and teaching positions within radiology departments and schools.