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Assistant U.S. Surgeon General delivering keynote at 8th annual Health Care Symposium
Posted 08/21/2017 01:20PM

Misericordia University is hosting its eighth annual Health Care Symposium, "Inspiring Leadership to Patient-Centered Care,'' on Friday, Oct. 6 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. with the Assistant U.S. Surgeon General delivering the keynote address. The symposium is free.

RADM Scott F. Giberson, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General

Managers, supervisors, caregivers, clinicians, and students in all facets of the health care delivery system will benefit from the presentations by Rear Admiral (RADM) Scott F. Giberson, Assistant U.S. Surgeon General and former acting Deputy Surgeon General of the United States, and Liz Jazwiec, R.N. Business leaders and members of the public are welcome to attend.

During his presentation, RADM Giberson is going to address the importance of executive leadership to catalyze teams across the complete spectrum of the health care delivery system. Jazwiec's presentation concentrates on the impact the health care system has on health care workers.

Misericordia University and members of its Health Advisory Council organize the annual Health Care Symposium and select the speakers and topics. The symposium and other sponsored workshops examine the present state of the health care delivery system in the United States with an eye on the future. The series engages health care leaders from across the country to lead discussion and debate on vital topics, with particular attention to the needs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The symposium is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. This activity also has been submitted to the Pennsylvania Nurses Association for approval to award 4.6 contact hours. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Liz Jazwiec, R.N.

To register, please visit or email Patti Ross, Center for Adult and Continuing Education at Misericordia University, at

The program also features two special breakout sessions. RADM Giberson addresses health and medical science students on careers in health care and offers motivational words for those considering a career in health sciences. The caregiver session includes a panel discussion with chief nursing officers, Kathy Stella, R.N., C.C.R.N., assistant vice president, admissions and case management, Allied Integrated Health Services, and Russell E. Lloyd, medical center director, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, that addresses interprofessional/patient-centered care initiatives at the two health care facilities.

RADM Giberson is a West Wyoming native. He oversees all training, leadership development, recruitment, retention, facilities, employee services, and talent acquisition for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, whose workforce implements close to a trillion dollar budget. Most recently, RADM Giberson was the senior advisor to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General.

From 2011-15, RADM Giberson served as the first director of the Division of Commissioned Corpse Personnel and Readiness (headquarters). The headquarters provides for the management, operations, policy, recruitment, training, personnel, and deployment of all 6,700 active-duty Corps officers of the U.S. Public Health Service.

He also served as the overall Commander of Commissioned Corps Ebola Response in West Africa from September 2014 through June 2015. RADM Giberson deployed as the first wave of Corps officers and served as continuity of leadership throughout the response. In 2001, he responded to the Anthrax attacks in New York City and was a founding member of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security. RADM Giberson served on many international health missions for Pacific Command involving more than 23 countries. Following his work in the Pacific, he transitioned back to the Indian Health Service as the director of the national HIV/AIDS Program.

RADM Giberson served as the acting Deputy Surgeon General of the United States from 2013-14. He supported the acting Surgeon General in communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. In addition, he also served as the Chief Professional Officer, Pharmacy category between 2010-14, leading and supporting more than 1,200 active-duty pharmacists nationwide.

During his 24-year career, he has served in many clinical and leadership roles. RADM Giberson maintains dual licensure as a pharmacist and clinician. His service to the Corps and nation has been recognized numerous times, as RADM Giberson has received the Department of Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Surgeon General's Medallion and a Health and Human Services Secretary's Meritorious Medal. Most recently, he was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation – the highest unit award in all of the uniformed services – directly from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office for the Ebola response in Africa.

He has authored articles in many publications, spoken at numerous venues domestically and internationally, and served as adjunct faculty at multiple universities.

RADM Giberson holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Temple University, a master's degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts, and a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations. In 2016, RADM Giberson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Misericordia University during the spring graduate commencement ceremony in recognition of his dedication to improving health care.

Jazwiec is delivering the talk, "Yipee! Another Day in Paradise ... Driving Negativity Out of the Workplace.'' She 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 is 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.

A longtime hospital officer, she also helped to raise service scores at Chicago, Illinois' Holy Cross Hospital from the fifth 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, she uses that expertise to inspire other organizations interested in building a culture where excellence is driven by strong leaders and engaged employees. Jazwiec holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University.

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

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