25th Annual - Frontiers in Critical Care Nursing and Healthcare

May 6, 2014

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
181 Boston Post Road West
Marlborough, MA 01752


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 Program Brochure

Conference Schedule at a Glance 

Continuing Education Credit



Continuing education credits: Six contact hours have been applied for. The Department of Nursing at UMass Memorial Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In order to receive the certificate, attendees must sign in on the day of the symposium and turn in the completed evaluation form at the close of the program. 

Dawn Carpenter
Assistant Professor UMass Memorial Health Care
Coordinator Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse
Practitioner track

Byron Chen, MD
UMass Memorial Health Care

Jay Cyr, RN, MS, MBA
Senior Vice President
Heart & Vascular and Diabetes Centers of Excellence
UMass Memorial Health Care

Melinda Darrigo, PhD, NP
Clinical Coordinator for Cardiac Surgery
Heart & Vascular Center of Excellence
UMass Memorial Health Care

Eric W. Dickson, MD, MHCM, FACEP
President and CEO, UMMHC

Wiley Hall, MD
Director, Neurocritical Care,
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Johnny Isenberger, RN, MSN, ACNP, CCRN
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Advanced Practice Donation Specialist

Kathleen Sims, MS, ACNP
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Terri Mazzarelli, MS, APRN-BC
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Paulo J. Oliveira, MD, FCCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Advanced Bronchoscopic and Pleural Procedures
Medical Director, Respiratory Care Department
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Karen Ostiguy, RN, MS, CCRN
UMass Memorial Medical Center

Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD, RN
Dean and Professor, GSN, UMMS

Robert Spicer, RN
Clinical Educator, Neuroscience ICU
Umass Memorial Medical Center

Diane Thompson, RN, PhDc, CENP
Chief nurse officer, UMMMC
UMass Memorial Medical Center 

Questions regarding registration please contact UMass Office of Continuing Medical Education



NEW this year!  Choose from four different tracks:

 Acute, Critical, Leadership or Advanced Practice 

Course Information: 
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel • 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752

Registration fees: $125 for all participants. Special group rate of $115 per person for parties of three or more submitted in a single payment. All payments and registrations must be received by Monday, April 28.
Early bird registration fee is $100 prior to Friday, March 21, Early registrants are included in a special drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD 7” or a free 2015 conference registration.

This year’s 2014 Frontiers Conference materials will be available to you on a CD and is included in the cost of registration. The CD will be distributed at the close of the conference. See registration page for on-line registration directions. Secure credit card payment now available on-line. Register EARLY and qualify to win a KINDLE FIRE! LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS APRIL 28th.

Confirmation: Confirmation of your registration will be sent via e-mail if an e-mail address is provided.

Information and special needs: Call Candace Gonsalves at 508-856-3757.

Directions: Take exit 24B off Interstate 495. Hotel is one mile on the right. Be careful not to turn into shopping center driveway. The hotel entrance is just on the other side of the Best Western Hotel sign.


Guest Keynote Speaker:
Kay Frances Known as “America’s Funniest Stressbuster,” Kay Frances has shared her message to “lighten up, stress less and take care of ourselves” in 38 states and Canada for over 25 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a degree in Physical Education and a 4th degree black belt in karate. She was also a family caregiver for 7 years. Kay is the author of “The Funny Thing about Stress; A Seriously Humorous Guide to a Happier Life.”
When it comes to humor, Kay is the “real deal” having performed as aprofessional standup comedian for many years and appearing on a number of national television and radio programs including Lifetime Cable’s “Girls Night Out” and NBC’s “America’s Funniest People”. She also lived and
performed in New York City where she appeared at the nation’s top comedy clubs such as “The Improvisation” and “Catch a Rising Star.”
When it comes to managing stress, Kay learned the hard way by engaging in every unhealthy habit known
to man before making her way back to good health and sanity. It was a long, winding, hilarious road!