Health Care Lecture Series

Eighth Annual Health Care Symposium

"Patient-Centered Care: Leadership and Innovation"

Keynote, Scott Giberson, RADM, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, Director CMS

Health Care Symposium cover photo

Registrations are no longer being accepted as symposium attendance is at full capacity.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall, Misericordia University

8:00 a.m. - Gathering and Networking

8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Speaker Introduction

8:45 a.m. - Keynote Address

10:00 a.m. - Break

10:15 a.m. - Speaker Introduction

10:20 a.m. - Plenary Session

11:00 a.m. - Student Breakout Session

11:30 a.m. - Caregiver Breakout Session

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 p.m. - Health Sciences Faculty Presentations

2:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Leaders and managers at all levels and in all areas of the health care delivery system will benefit from this presentation as well as students in health care administration and clinical fields. Business leaders and the public are also welcome.

This activity has been submitted to Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award 4.4 contact hours. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Event sponsors include Allied Services, Commonwealth Health, Erwine’s Home Health, Geisinger Health System, Highmark Blue Shield, and Metz Culinary Management.


Keynote Speaker - Eighth Annual Symposium


Keynote Speaker

Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General, is the Deputy Director of the Office of Human Capital at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In that capacity, he oversees all training, leadership development, recruitment, retention, facilities, employee services and talent acquisition for CMS, whose workforce implements close to a trillion dollar budget. Prior to this, RADM Giberson was the Senior Advisor to the Office of the Surgeon General.


RADM Giberson has served in many Corps roles as a pharmacist, clinician, Senior Public Health Advisor, Senior Medical Program Officer, Director, and Acting Deputy Surgeon General.

RADM Giberson has received the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Surgeon General’s Medallion and an HHS Secretary’s Meritorious Medal. RADM Giberson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Temple University, a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, and a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for his body of work on improving patient and health system delivery and outcomes through interprofessional practice.

Plenary Session - Eighth Annual Symposium

Liz Jazwiec, R.N. is a nationally renowned speaker, strategist and author who has shared her passion for leadership, engagement and service with audiences across the country. She is the award winning author of the bestselling books “Eat THAT Cookie!” “Hey Cupcake! We are ALL Leaders,” and “Service Excellence As Easy As Pie, (Perception Is Everything.)” In 2010 “Eat THAT Cookie” was chosen as a winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award in the leadership and management category


Liz has also been a longtime hospital officer who helped raise service scores at Chicago, Illinois’ Holy Cross Hospital from the 5th to the 99th percentile in just a few years. Her work as vice president of patient care and as the director of emergency services was one of the key reasons Holy Cross won Fortune Magazine’s Enterprise Award for Best Business Practices in 1996.

Today, Liz uses that expertise to inspire other organizations interested in building a culture where excellence is driven by strong leaders and engaged employees.


Many audiences describe Liz’s presentations as uplifting, motivational and fun. However, they also clearly respect her practical and experience-based style. You’re sure to enjoy her creative and viable suggestions for addressing some of the difficult issues facing organizations today.

Sixth Annual Health Care Symposium

The Sixth Annual Misericordia University Health Care Symposium was held on November 6, 2015 on campus. David Feinberg, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, delivered the keynote address in front of 250 regional health care leaders and practitioners. Students from Misericordia University participated in a separate session. The topic, Patient Centered Care: Proven Experience, Expect The Best, was well received.

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