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Conference Schedule

Saturday, June 22, 2019
Session Title
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration & Networking Breakfast with Sponsors and Exhibitors
8:00 AM - 8:10 AMWelcome Announcements
8:10 AM - 8:30 AMChapter Business Meeting
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMSession 1: Achieving Excellence with Orthopedic Bundles
9:30 AM - 10:15 AMNetworking Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AMSession 2: Caring for Patients with Advanced Illnesses
11:15 AM - 12:15 PMSession 3: Interdisciplinary Care Rounds: A Key Strategy for Improving Case Management Outcomes
12:15 PM - 1:45 PMNetworking Lunch with Sponsors and Exhibitors
1:45 PM - 2:00 PMGiveaways
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMSession 4: Policy and Practice: The Intersection of Change in the Mental Health System
3:00 PM - 3:10 PMBreak
3:10 PM - 4:10 PMSession 5: Do It Well. Make It Fun. The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between
4:10 PM - 4:30 PMClosing Remarks

Conference Sessions

Session 1: Achieving Excellence with Orthopedic Bundles

Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Program Manager · Orthopedic Service Line
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Dr. Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku was the project manager during development and implementation of the Total Joint Replacement Service Line at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where she now serves as Clinical Program Manager. She was appointed as Clinical Redesign Lead at Hackensack Meridian Health for implementation of the Comprehensive Joint Replacement CMS Bundle Project. Ulanda was recognized for leadership in nursing by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2013, and was awarded the Elizabeth I. Kellogg honor in 2018 for nursing excellence. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Rutgers University. Her nursing philosophy is grounded in spirituality, and inquiry to the social determinants of health. Dr. Aiyeku is a published researcher, and shares her enthusiasm for the advancement of nursing as an adjunct lecturer, and her commitment to quality clinical outcomes as a reviewer for orthopedic programs across the country.

The presentation will cover the development of orthopedic bundles. Primary focus will be the emerging role of the care manager within the interdisciplinary team, and shift from acute in-patient care transitions to pre-operative discharge planning.


  1. Describe the shift from acute inpatient care transitions to preoperative care planning for elective surgeries.
  2. Discuss the development and application of discharge planning tools.
  3. Review patient and family education approaches within a shared decision model.

Session 2: Caring for Patients with Advanced Illnesses

Marianne Holler, DO, FAAHPM
Chief Medical Officer
VNA Health Group

Dr. Marianne Holler is the Chief Medical Officer at VNA Health Group, as well as the Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rowan University SOM. Through her hard work under various roles, she has earned numerous honors. These include NJ BIZ Healthcare Hero Physician of the Year in 2013 and Excellence in Caring Award in 2017. She has also served internationally in Honduras, Guatemala, and Uganda to share her heart for primary care needs around the world.

Since 2016, Dr. Holler has been asked to speak in many different capacities. She holds a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Roman University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.


New Jersey ranks last in many metrics regarding end-of-life care. This session will enable you to develop skills to help guide patients and families dealing with advanced illnesses.



  1. Recognizing ways palliative care benefits patients with advanced illness.
  2. Review communication techniques to discuss goals of care.
  3. Integrate palliative care concepts within case management practice.

Session 3: Interdisciplinary Care Rounds: A Key Strategy for Improving Case Management Outcomes

Toni Cesta, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Partner and Health Care Consultant
Case Management Consultants, LLC

Toni G. Cesta, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is Partner and Health Care Consultant in Case Management Concepts, LLC, a consulting company which assists institutions in designing, implementing and evaluating acute care and community case management models, providing on-site education to case management staff, and strategies for assisting health care organizations in improving their case management department’s efficiency and effectiveness.

The author of nine books on case management, and a frequently sought after speaker, lecturer and consultant, Dr. Cesta is considered one of the primary thought leaders in the field of case management.

Prior to her current work as a case management consultant, Dr. Cesta was Senior Vice President – Operational Efficiency and Capacity Management at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to her position as Senior Vice President at Lutheran Medical Center, Dr. Cesta has held positions as Corporate Vice President for Patient Flow Optimization at the North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System and Director of Case Management, Saint Vincents Catholic Medical Centers of New York, in New York City and also designed and implemented a Master’s of Nursing in Case Management Program and Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Case Management at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York. Dr. Cesta completed seven years as a Commissioner for the Commission for Case Manager Certification.


This presentation will identify the key stakeholders needed for effective interdisciplinary rounds. Review best practice rounding processes including scripting and time management and discuss how to hardwire your rounding process so that it remains timely and efficient.  We'll also review the roles of each team member and how to involve the patient and family in the bedside rounding process.  Get tips for effective documentation and a documentation template. Receive strategies to take back to your facility to evaluate your rounding process through outcomes metrics.


  1. Define best practice interdisciplinary care rounds.
  2. Review the roles of each team member on rounds.
  3. Discuss the outcomes that can be achieved using interdisciplinary rounds.

Session 4: Policy and Practice: The Intersection of Change in the Mental Health System

Mary Ditri, DHA
Director of Professional Practice · Clinical Affairs
New Jersey Hospital Association

Dr. Mary Ditri is the Director of Professional Practice at the New Jersey Hospital Association, a nonprofit trade association representing New Jersey’s hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers. The New Jersey Hospital Association provides leadership on quality and patient safety, education and advocacy in both Washington, D.C. and Trenton.

In her role, Ditri oversees the coordination of policy, education and advocacy related to mental health and substance use disorders, maternal and child health, veteran and military families, diabetes prevention and other efforts aimed at building the bridge between prevention, treatment and community-based interventions.

Ditri is a member of the National Quality Forum’s National Quality Partners™ Serious Mental Illness Action Team, charged with providing practical guidance to advance serious mental illness care and aligning actions to advance measurement, policy and payment. Her expertise in the areas of patient throughput and high reliability has garnered her speaking engagements on the national and international stage, she has experience in varied media outlets and has co-authored a chapter in Joint Commission Resources’ “Optimizing Patient Flow: Advanced Strategies for Managing Variability to Enhance Access, Quality, and Safety”.

Prior to joining the New Jersey Hospital Association, Ditri led quality management, organizational development and patient satisfaction initiatives in hospitals throughout New Jersey, and served in the Office of the Medical Director at the Department of Human Services.

Ditri holds a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services.


This session will focus on current policy impacting delivery of and access to mental health and substance use disorder services in New Jersey.  Discuss efforts underway to ensure individuals in need of services are able to receive the right care, at the right time in the right setting.  Collaborative models for innovative change will be featured.



  1. List at least one policy that impedes access to care.
  2. Describe efforts at the Federal level to improve the service delivery system.
  3. Identify at least one innovative initiative that may have transferability to the participant’s local provider/community.

Session 5: Do It Well. Make It Fun. The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP, CPAE
Speaker, Author, Humorist

As a social worker, Ron has worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and Hospice of Northern VA where he was also the Manager of Counseling Services and the Director of Quality Improvement. Throughout his career, he has worked with many wonderful case managers.

Ron was the 2012-2013 President of the National Speaker Association and in 2014, was inducted into that organization’s Speaker Hall of Fame.

From a creative perspective, Ron has written four books and produced hundreds of blog posts.

Based on Ron Culberson's book by the same name, this presentation provides tools for case managers to apply to be more effective and content in their jobs. Strategies can be applied to achieve excellence combined with fun and humor to improve productivity, create better working relationships, enhance creativity, change the workplace culture and lead to the delivery of better services.


  1. Recognize that the time in our lives is limited; thus, we must make the most of every day.
  2. Manage stress by changing your perspective and seeing the humor that's all around you.
  3. Change the processes in life and work by improving the steps.

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