CoxHealth Education Center is pleased to present the 31st Annual Geriatrics Conference.  This one-day conference also includes a rehabilitation breakout session that is designed to enhance the knowledge of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, nursing home administrators, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, case managers and other interested health care providers.


“The elderly have increased more consistently and proportionately than any age group.  Persons age 65 and over represented 10% of the population in 1950.  By 2000, their ranks had risen to 13% of the total population and it is estimated that by 2030 this group will represent more than one-fifth of Missourians (21%).  Between 1950 and 2000, the 65-and-over population grew by 85% to 755,000 persons.  This group is projected to grow by an additional 87% between 2000 and 2030 when their numbers are projected to increase to 1.4 million as the baby-boom generation progresses into this age category.” (Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 2012)

For more conference information, contact CoxHealth Education Center at 417-269-4117,

7:00 – 7:20 am Registration/Refreshments/Vendor Displays 
7:20 – 7:30 Welcome and Announcements
7:30 – 8:30 Saying the “D” Word: Interviewing and providing feedback to Patients with Dementia
Ryan Jones, PsyD

  • Identify key elements of conducting a clinical interview for dementia.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate skills for conveying a diagnosis of dementia to the patient and their family.
8:30 – 9:00 Geriatric General Orthopedic Concerns
Bryan Buck, DO

  • Identify 2 general orthopedic issues in the geriatric population
9:00 – 9:20 Break/Refreshments/Vendor Displays 
9:20  – 10:20 Intracerebral Hemorrhage in Atrial Fibrilation
Richard Jung, MD

  • Optimize management of intracerebral hemorrhage in the elderly patient
  • Offer treatment options for atrial fibrillation after intracerebral hemorrhage
10:20 – 10:50 Challenging Geriatric Fractures
Brian Buck, DO

  • Define the reasons why fractures are challenging in the geriatric population
10:50 – 11:20 Respecting Choices
Pam Stoetzel, MS, CNP, NCC

  • Describe the five promises that we make as providers to our community when participating in R.C.
  • Define the steps involved in advance care planning as done under R.C. model
11:20 –   12:00 pm Lunch  (served on site)
12:00 – 1:00 Hospice & Palliative Care: What’s the difference?
Melissa Gaines, MD, FACP

  • List the differences between hospital & palliative care
  • Define timeframe for hospice care
1:00 – 2:00 Why we need home based Primary Care
Thomas Edes, MD, MS

  • Explain how home based primary care (HBPC) differs from Medicare home care in target population, process, and outcomes.
  • Describe the population in need of longitudinal interdisciplinary home based primary care (HBPC).
“I’m ok once I’m up, it’s the getting up that’s the challenge”
Jason Shaw, PT, DPT, NCS

  • Identify complexities in sit to/from stand biomechanics faced by many older persons, based on specific pathology.
  • Provide effective intervention for sit to/from stand deficits, recognizing where paradigm shifts may be warranted
2:00 – 3:00 Anti-microbial stewardship, it is now required
Robin Trotman, DO

  • Prepare for CMS required antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Discuss with health care admin the benefits, requirements, value of antimicrobial stewardship.
Comprehensive Management of the Diabetic Foot
Chris Cobb, PT, BHS

  • Identify the 6 Medicare qualifying conditions for diabetic footware coverage
  • Identify the 5 components of an amputee prevention program


 3:00– 3:20 Break/Refreshments/Vendor Displays Meeting
3:20 – 4:20 Engaging conflict management strategies in challenging situations
Cheryl Berquist, PhD

  • Explain the elements that impact conflict situations in geriatric settings.
  • Describe appropriate methods of managing conflict in geriatric situations
4:20 – 4:30pm Evaluations/Statements of Credit/Adjournment

We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in case of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.

Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.

No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity.

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME credit has been approved with the American Academy of Family Physicians for 7.5 credits.

Cox College Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

7.5 Contact Hours

This program has been deemed appropriate for chaplains to list 7.5 contact hours of continuing education credit. Credit should be listed on the Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Summary of Continuing Education Hours Form in the area of “Workshops/Conferences/Seminars/Symposia.”

The Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators is approved for this conference for 7.5 clock hours toward annual re-licensure of nursing home administrators.

This program is pending approval for a total of # 3.0 Administrative (A) hours and # 6.5 Patient Care (PC) hour(s).

This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers-Missouri chapter for 5.5 social work clock hours for the following topics: Saying the “D” Word: Interviewing and providing feedback to Patients with Dementia, Respecting Choices, Hospice & Palliative Care: What’s the difference, Why We Need Home Based Primary care, Mind-FULL Therapy – Cognitive Strategies to Improve Therapeutic Outcomes, Engaging Conflict Management Strategies in Challenging Situations

This program is approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs). The course is 7.5 CE contact hour(s).

This program has been approved by the Arkansas Board of Physical Therapy for 7.5 contact hours and is deemed equivalent by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts per 4 CSR 150-3.203-5A.

This program meets the criteria for category 2.3 (attending employer-provided, workplace continuing education) Professional Development Unit activities for NBCOT© and qualifies as 8.0 contact hours (equivalent to 8.0 NBCOT© Professional Development Units).

This program has been approved for 1.0 CoxHealth Stroke hours

The Continuing Education Committee of the Board of Pharmacy has approved this conference for 7.0 credit hours.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through program attendance. Please note that attendance of the entire conference is required in order to obtain any credit today. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation and Personal Verification of Attendance form at the end of the program.

Brian Buck, DO
Orthopedic Surgeon
Cox Health
Springfield, MO 

Charlene Berquist, PhD
Director, Center for Dispute Resolution
Professor, Communication
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO

Thomas Edes, MD, MS
Executive Director, Geriatrics and Extended
Care Clinical Operations
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Washington, DC

Melissa Gaines, MD, FACP
Cox Health – Cox Senior Center
Springfield, MO

Jamie Harlan, MD, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Springfield, MO 

Ryan G. Jones, PsyD
Clinical Neuropsychology
CoxHealth Department of Neuropsychology
Springfield, MO

Richard Jung, MD
Medical Director, CoxHealth Stroke Center, Neurology
Springfield, MO

Jason Shaw, PT, DPT, NCS
Assistant Professor/Physical Therapist
Missouri State University/Cox Health
Springfield, MO

Pam Stoelzel, MS, CPC, NCC
Respecting Choices Coordinator
Springfield, MO

Robin Trotman, DO
Infectious Disease Physician
Springfield, MO

All speakers except Dr Robert Trotman, have indicated they DO NOT have significant interest or affiliation in any pharmaceutical companies whose products he may discuss, nor do any members of his immediate family. All speakers have also indicated that they DO NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. All speakers have agreed to give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic names to contribute to impartiality. Their presentation will be evidence or scientific-based. There was no conflict identified that would exclude them from presenting.

Dr. Robin Trotman has indicated he has relevant relationships with the following companies, he is part of the speaker’s bureau for Cubist Pharmaceutical, Sanofi, and Astellus Pharmaceuticals.   Dr Trotman’s conflicts have been reviewed by the committee and they did not have any effect on this conference.   Dr Trotman’s lectures were created without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.

Presenters are responsible for obtaining all applicable copyright releases when utilizing proprietary information. The opinions of the presenters are not necessarily those of CoxHealth; attendees should formulate their own opinions based on the evidence/scientific-based information presented.

Robin Grothoff, MSW, LCSW
Clinic Manager
CoxHealth Senior Health Center

Lisa Boyer, BSN, RN
Enterprise Educator
Nurse Planner/Conference Coordinator
Cox College, Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center

 William Rosen, MD
Medical Director
CoxHealth Senior Health Center

Mandy Rudroff, MHA, PT
Clinical Educator
CoxHealth – Meyer Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Hospital 

Keith Steenbergen, LNHA, BS
Nursing Home Administrator
Glendale Gardens Nursing & Rehab 

Judee Steward, BS Gerontology
Senior Advocate
CoxHealth Senior Advantage

Ashley Taylor PharmD
CoxHealth Pharmacy 

Kristi Vandeloecht, PTA, GC CDR, MS
Clinical Therapist Educator

Stefanie Hawkins PharmD
Ambulatory Care Pharmacist

Nancy Cathey, BS Gerontology, MS Health Care Management
Director of Senior Care

All planning committee members, with the exception of Lisa Boyer have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies that would exclude them from the planning of this activity. Lisa Boyer’s conflict has been reviewed by the committee and did not have any effect on this conference.   Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. There were no conflicts identified that would exclude them from the planning process.

To register for this conference visit and click on the “Continuing Education and Life Support” at the top of the page followed by the “Conferences and Seminars” link.

Cancellations received in writing to by February 10, 2016 will be entitled to a full refund. After this time, a $25 processing fee will be withheld. No refunds will be made the day of the conference. No shows will be charged the full conference fee.

In the event Education Center cancels or reschedules a course, participants are entitled to a full refund or the participant may transfer registration to the next scheduled activity. All refunds must be received in writing via email or by calling the Education Center. CoxHealth is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled.

The entire cancellation policy can be viewed at under the Continuing Education and Life Support tab.

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Special rates are available for CoxHealth conference participants at the following hotel. Ask for the CoxHealth negotiated rate of $119 plus tax.

Doubletree by Hilton
2431 N. Glenstone Ave
Springfield, MO 65803