Health Care Lecture Series

11th Annual Health Care Symposium

Fall 2020

More information to follow. Check back for updates.

See below for details regarding the 10th Anniversary of the Health Care Symposium that took place on October 18, 2019.

2019 Health Care Symposium

Participating in the 10th annual Health Care Symposium, front row from left, are Joseph E. Ravenell, M.D., M.S., associate professor of population health and medicine, New York University School of Medicine, presenter; Deb Vilegi-Payne, dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, Luzerne County Community College; Laura Piazza Smith, R.N., B.S.N., N.H.A., health care consultant, Allied Services, and Lori Beucler, M.S.N., R.N., vice president and chief nursing officer, Susquehanna Health, members of the Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council; artist Joseph Cohen, presenter, and Lalaine Little, Ph.D., director, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery; second row, Patricia Finan Castellano, health care consultant and member, Misericordia University Health Care Advisory Council; David Rehm, Ph.D., vice president, Academic Affairs, Misericordia University; Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., director, Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health and the Holocaust at Misericordia University​; Susan Sordoni, M.D., Excellence in Health Care Award recipient; Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president, Misericordia University; Joseph J. Grilli, M.P.A., D.P.A., director, Corporate and Institutional Recruitment, Misericordia University; Mark Hiller, news reporter and anchor, WBRE-TV, panel moderator; Brian Rinker, senior vice president, NEPA region, Highmark; Michael Golden, chief nursing executive, Pipeline Health; Amanda Caleb, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director, Medical and Health Humanities program, Misericordia University, and Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Ed.D., dean, College of Health Sciences and Education, Misericordia University.

10th Anniversary
Health Care Symposium

"The Patient-Centered Model: Health and Wellness Achieved"

Keynote, Dr. Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, Chief Transformation Officer, Innovaccer

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:00 a.m. - Gathering and Networking (Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall; faculty and student research posters will be displayed in the Rosenn concourse)

8:30 a.m. - Welcome (Lemmond Theater); Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., President, Misericordia University

8:40 am. - Second Annual “Excellence in Health Care Award Presentation” (Lemmond Theater): Alfred Casale, M.D., Associate Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Northeast

8:50 a.m. - Speaker Introduction (Lemmond Theater); Joseph Grilli, MPA, DPA., Director of Corporate & Institutional Recruitment, Misericordia University

8:50 a.m. - Keynote Address (Lemmond Theater); Dr. Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM - “Trusted Healer: The Foundation of Healthcare Transformation"

10:00 a.m. - Break

10:15 a.m. - Speaker Introduction (Lemmond Theater); Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Ed.D., Dean, College of Health Sciences and Education, Misericordia University

10:20 a.m. - Plenary Session (Lemmond Theater); Dr. Joseph Ravenell, M.D., M.S. - "Everyone is a Leader and Influencer"

11:30 a.m. - Lunch (Rooms 217-219 Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall); "Arts in Healthcare" exhibition in Pauly Friedman Art Gallery; Faculty/Student posters displayed in Rosenn concourse

12:50 p.m. - Artist Introduction (Lemmond Theater); Amanda Caleb, Ph.D., Director, Medical and Health Humanities, Misericordia University

1:00 p.m. - Artist Presentation (Lemmond Theater); Joseph Cohen, BFA, MFA - "Arts in Healthcare"

Moderated by Mark Hiller, Anchor/Health Reporter, WBRE/WYOU

1:50 p.m. - Misericordia University Faculty - Contemporary Research Presentations (Lemmond Theater)

2:20 p.m. - Closing Remarks (Lemmond Theater); David Rehm, Ph.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs, Misericordia University

All Day - Exhibition: Arts in Healthcare (Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall) - An exploration of how the arts contribute to a positive environment for patients and providers

All Day - Poster Session: Faculty and Student Research (Rosenn Concourse, Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall) - Featuring recent innovations and discoveries by students and faculty in the College of Health Sciences and Education

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 3.75 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.


* Please look for directional signs and security personnel for appropriate parking.

Keynote Speaker - Tenth Annual Symposium

Dr. Paul Grundy

Keynote Speaker

Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM is the Chief Transformation Officer at Innovaccer. Affectionately known as the ‘Godfather’ of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, he is the Founding President of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Prior to Innovaccer Dr Grundy enjoyed an esteemed career at IBM, as the Chief Medical Officer of the Healthcare Life Sciences division, and the Global Director of Healthcare Transformation. Previous to IBM he was the Minister Consular for the US Department of State. Dr. Grundy is a globally respected healthcare convener, storyteller, and visionary - a "Trusted Healer”. He holds numerous international honorary titles and awards, including an honorary lifetime member of the UK National Association of Primary Care, an Ambassador for Healthcare DENMARK and the first international member of the Irish National Association of General Practice. He was the recipient of the NCQA National Quality Award in 2012, and recipient of the prestigious Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award in 2016.

Plenary Session - "Everyone is a Leader and Influencer"

Dr. Joseph E. Ravenell

Plenary Session

Joseph Ravenell, MD, MS, is Assistant Professor of Population Health and Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He is a core member of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change, a board-certified internist and hypertension specialist with a strong track record of NIH funding to improve cardiovascular disease in diverse populations. He is Principle Investigator (PI) or co-PI of 3 community-based randomized trials: 1) a National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute R01 (1R01HL096946) grant to test community-based strategies to improve blood pressure control and colon cancer screening in 24 black churches in Harlem; 2) a National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities P60 project (1P60MD003421, Proj 2) to improve blood pressure control and cancer screening in black barbershops; and 3) a CDC-funded U48 grant (1U48 DP002671) to test the comparative effectiveness of two interventions to increase blood pressure control among black men in New York City.

Dr. Ravenell is a current recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study a physician-level intervention to improve global cardiovascular risk in black men. He also received the American Heart Association Pharmaceutical Roundtable Career Development Award for Implementation Research for a project focused on improving guideline-concordant hypertension management among physicians within New York City’s municipal health system. He is co-PI of an NIA-funded RC4 grant to examine the impact of a behavioral economics intervention to improve adherence to clinical lipid-lowering guidelines among physicians in a New York City primary care practice. In parallel with developing unique expertise in multi-level cardiovascular and cancer research, Dr. Ravenell has become a leader in hypertension clinical care and training. He is certified as a Specialist in Clinical Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension, and was elected as an inaugural Fellow of the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Ravenell co-founded the Bellevue Hospital Resistant Hypertension Program, and established the first NYU Hypertension and Lipidology Fellowship designed to train physicians in the management of high-risk hypertension and community-based behavioral cardiovascular research. Through research, clinical care and training, Dr. Ravenell continually cultivates a multi-level approach to improving cardiovascular disease and cancer-related population health.

Artist Presentation

Joseph Cohen

Artist Presentation

Joseph Cohen, BFA, MFA, is a Houston-based artist who incorporates carbon nanotubes into his work to achieve colors beyond the visible spectrum. He has worked with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Weisman NanoEngineering Laboratory at Rice University in Houston to create paint at the molecular level. This collaboration of arts and medical technologies has applications in detecting cancer. For his keynote, Cohen will talk about his artistic process and about art consulting for MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Cohen’s presentation will demonstrate one possible model for healthcare administrators, as well as practical guidance on creating an arts-enriched healing environment.

MSP 001 - Joseph Cohen

Joseph Cohen
American, b. 1982
MSP 001 (Multi-Spectrum-Painting)
Separated carbon nanotubes, surfactant, binder, tracer dyes, and doped fluorescent and phosphorescent gouache paints on linen
24 x 24 inches

Click here to learn more about the "Arts in Healthcare" exhibition in the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery from August 23 to October 20, 2019.

Artist Presentation Moderator

Mark Hiller
Mark Hiller, Anchor/Health Reporter, WBRE/WYOU

Mark Hiller is the anchor for the WBRE Eyewitness News weekend evenings. Mark first joined WBRE in 1985. Since then he has had a number of positions, including weekday morning anchor, WYOU First at 4 anchor, weathercaster and even health reporter.

Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio/TV Communications from Marywood College. He has also worked at WWDL-FM and WICK-AM as an on-air personality and newscaster.

One of the things Mark finds most rewarding about his job is that it allows him to keep a finger on the pulse of Northeastern Pennsylvania – an area he and his family love. Mark says the story he covered that had the most impact on him personally was the Pope’s visit to New York and New Jersey in 1995.

Health Care Advisory Council

Health Care Advisory Council
Revised, May 2019



Michael Amory
Amory Medical Associates
Amory Sleep Solutions

Ron Beer
Chief Administrative Officer
Geisinger Northeast

Lori Beucler, MSN, RN, BC-NE, FACHE
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Susquehanna Health

Alfred Casale, M.D.
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Geisinger Northeast

Cornelio Catena
Chief Executive Officer
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital

Mary Erwine
Erwine Home Health and Hospice, Inc.

Ted Epperly, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho

Patricia Finan-Castellano
Health Care Consultant

Michael Golden
Chief Nurse Executive
Pipeline Health

Laura Piazza Smith, RN, BSN, NHA
VP/Chief Nursing Innovation Officer
Allied Integrated Health System

Brian Rinker
Senior Vice President- NEPA Region
Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Conrad Schintz
Health Care Executive (retired)

Deborah Vilegi-Payne, Ph.D
Dean Health Sciences
Luzerne County Community College

Eric Williams
Health Systems Sales Specialist
Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals

Paul Woelkers
Lackawanna Mobile X-Ray

Misericordia University Members:


Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Ed.D., SBA,
Dean, College of Health Sciences and Education
Misericordia University

Thomas Botzman, PhD, co-chair
Misericordia University

Glenn Bozinski
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Misericordia University

Joseph Grilli, MPA, DPA, co-chair
Director, Corporate and Institutional Recruitment
Misericordia University

Allen C. Minor, Ph.D
Program Director/faculty
Health Care Management
Misericordia University

David Rehm, Ph.D
Vice President Academic Affairs
Misericordia University

Jim Roberts
Special Assistant to the President
Misericordia University

Stacy Gallin
Director, Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health
Misericordia University

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