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ACHCA Ohio Chapter 2019 Marblehead Trip - CEUs and AIT Exam Review

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Port Clinton - Catawba Island

50 Northeast Catawba Road

Port Clinton, OH 43452

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2019 Annual ACHCA Ohio Chapter Marblehead Trip - Fishing, Fundraising, and CEUs

Join us for an excellent opportunity to combine networking, continuing education, AIT review, fishing, and fun at popular Port Clinton on Lake Erie! We encourage you to also join in for a sponsored fishing trip and dinner. Bring your spouse! NEW LOCATION. BELTSS APPROVED CEUS!!

Wednesday 06/19/2019:

Arrival for those fishing

Thursday 06/20/2019:

6:00 AM Walleye and Perch fishing

5:00 PM Reception at VFW

6:30 PM Ferry Ride to Kelly's Island for dinner

9:00 PM Rich Fratianne Melting Pot Fundraiser (sponsored by SecureCare Systems) - Auction and Karaoke

Friday 06/21/2019:

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

PDPM for Administrators presented by Tammy Cassidy

Sustaining a 5-star Census without a 5-star Census presented by Linda Saunders

AIT Review Course and Exam Prep

ACHCA Ohio Chapter Marblehead Event History

Rich Fratianne was a past National President of the College and a leader in the Ohio Chapter for many years. This event was created in his memory where our Ohio Chapter members would have fun and enjoy the fellowship of being together in a recreational setting such as Lake Erie. Rich strongly felt and stated on numerous occasions that he believed the Ohio Chapter members got as much out of our meetings with good fellowship as we received in the classroom for the CEU required by our State Licensure Board. His idea was that the Ohio Chapter should be the “Melting Pot of ideas and discussions between our members coming from not only the for-profit and non-profit nursing centers, but also from the facility members, presenters, and students combined together in a “Melting Pot like atmosphere of camaraderie. He loved to see all these disciplines coming together to discuss issues, to talk and to laugh and fun and enjoy being with each other in a “Melting Pot”. When Rich suddenly passed away, we developed this event to remember him in this setting once per year with Secure Care as our sponsor.

ACHCA CEU Course Description and Speakers

8:00AM- 10:00AM:

Program Title 1 : Sustaining a Five Star Census Without a Five Star Rating

With the changes within the quality rating system and new regulations, only a small percentage of skilled nursing facilities will achieve a five star quality rating. The fact remains that this rating can be impacted by a variety of factors at any given time. This program is geared to skilled nursing facility leaders that are seeking to position their organizations for consistent and sustainable census success regardless of their current star rating. A low-cost, high-impact approach will be utilized to outline strategies to achieve and sustain a high occupancy and payor mix. Case studies will also be shared and time allocated for questions/answers.

Speaker #1 Linda L. Saunders A licensed nursing home administrator for over thirty years, Linda has specialized in opening new campuses and turning around underperforming organizations by developing outstanding teams and spearheading aggressive marketing programs. Linda has served as a consultant to regional and national senior living and post-acute care companies in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, revenue maximization and communications. Linda’s winning blend of hand-on operational skills coupled with tenacious marketing expertise fostered her success as a leader and mentor within the senior living and post-acute profession. She served as President of the Board of Directors of the Health Care Admissions and Marketing Directors Association of America from 2001-2003 as well as other state and regional task forces. Linda has served as guest instructor of the Graduate Management Institute of Ashland University, The Ohio State University, The State of Ohio Core of Knowledge program and the State of Ohio CEAL program. She is a sought after speaker at industry conferences and a regular contributor to leading publications. She is Founder and President of Census Solutions, which specializes in senior housing, aging services and post-acute health care. Linda’s programs are utilized in more than 150 organizations nationwide. Linda is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and resides in Worthington, Oh.

10:00AM -3:00PM:

Program Title 2: Patient Driven Payment Model for Administrators

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is set to dramatically change the landscape of Medicare reimbursement, but also the roles of the MDS nurse, interdisciplinary team, and the therapy department. This session will not only describe the elements of PDPM, but will take a deeper dive to map out what the change could look like for the operational roles of your community. We will discuss the critical role Administrators will play in ensuring successful implementation of the process in their communities and identify practical ways to prepare for the changes now.

Speaker #2 Tammy Cassidy has over 24 years of long term care management experience including Charge Nurse, Care Team Manager, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Corporate Clinical Compliance, Corporate Risk Manager, and Vice President of Clinical Quality. She is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Ohio, and has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, specializing in MDS, as a DAVE2 surveyor. She is certified in Gerontological Nursing and MDS, and is the President of T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC. A major focus of Ms. Cassidy’s is to raise awareness of the MDS process, correct coding, and reimbursement. She is the past president of OANAC (Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators) and is the proud recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Ohio Chapter, and Education Award in 2017.


  • Jerome Demmings, LNHA
    • Jerome is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Gerontology. Jerome was then licensed as a nursing home administrator following an internship with a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Centerville, Ohio. Prior to joining Friendship Village, Mr. Demmings spent over 6 years working with a longterm care provider most recently in the Beavercreek area.

  • Jerome is currently a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) and served as president of the Ohio Chapter from 2010‐2012. He works on other committees associated with long‐term care locally with the Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the Long‐Term Care Advisory Committee with Bowling Green State University. Jerome has also served as a board member with the Beavercreek Rotary Club from 2009‐2010. Jerome currently serves as the Executive Director of Friendship Village which is a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Trotwood, Ohio

  • Brenda Wirrig, LNHA, CEAL

  • Brenda has been with Lincoln Park Manor since 2001. She started her career as an evening receptionist while home schooling her two daughters. Within six months she was promoted to Human Resource Manager for 4 years. In 2006, she received her LNHA and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director. In 2014, she was promoted to Executive Director. She is proud of the longevity of the senior management at Lincoln Park Manor. She is only the fourth Executive Director in the 25 years history of Lincoln Park Manor. She is on the Board of Directors for Ohio Centers for Assisted Living. (OCAL).

  • Cathy Hamblen, RN
    • Cathy is an RN who received her BSN from the University of Kentucky. She is the Executive Vice President of Risk Management for Carespring Health Care Management in Loveland Ohio, which manages 9 Nursing Home/Transitional Care facilities in Kentucky and Ohio. She began her career in the ‘60’s as a Hospital Volunteer and Nurse aide. As a nurse, she worked in Acute Care for 23 years at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Kentucky, with a focus on Orthopedics, Hospital Based Skilled Nursing and Management. Cathy has presented in-service and education for nurses related to Assessment, leadership and risk management practices both locally and statewide.


1. Organization Management Jerome Demmings (8:00AM 10:00AM)

2. Federal and State Licensure Regulations‐Cathy Hamblen (10:00AM12:00PM)

3. Human Resources and Business Office OperationsBrenda Wirrig (12:30PM‐2:30 PM)

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