Approximately 700 people attended the 2017 NPA Annual Conference Oct. 15-18 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston.

The Whova conference app was sponsored by Capstone Performance Systems. Attendees used the app to view the agenda and create a customized schedule; check in at sessions and complete session and conference evaluations; send in-app messages, schedule meetings, and exchange contact information with attendees; access maps and parking directions; and receive notifications of updates from NPA.

Educational Sessions

The conference featured educational sessions on a wide range of topics:

Exhibitor and Sponsor Acknowledgement

NPA thanks all of the companies that participated as exhibitors and sponsors at this year’s annual conference:

Conference Highlights

Among the conference highlights were the keynote speech during the Opening General Session and the annual social event.

The keynote speaker was BJ Miller, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His presentation on "What Really Matters at the End of Life," a popular TED Talk, addressed empathic end-of-life care, keeping the patient at the center of care, the therapeutic potential of aesthetics, and how to design for life. Dr. Miller's passion for palliative care stems from personal experience. A shock sustained while an undergraduate at Princeton University resulted in the loss of three limbs and nearly cost him his life.

This year's social event was an evening at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which is holding a year-long celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Kennedy. Attendees enjoyed a buffet dinner, a spectacular view of the Boston skyline, and exhibits featuring a replica of the Kennedy Oval Office, highlights of the Civil Rights struggle in the 1960s, and signature gowns and accessories worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Some mementos were on display for the first time in honor of the centennial celebration.

Awards Program

Randi Leeman, of Element Care, and Thomas Smith, of Senior CommUnity Care of Colorado, were honored during the Leadership and Awards Luncheon. Leeman received the Marie-Louise Ansak Award, and Smith was the recipient of the Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award.

Coleen Gaseca, RN, of Community LIFE in Pittsburgh, was named Outstanding PACE Nurse of the Year. She was recognized during the Nursing Symposium at the NPA Annual Conference.

The Marie-Louise Ansak Award was created in 1999 as a tribute to the founder of PACE. The award was designed to recognize a PACE or pre-PACE program employee who has worked to improve the quality of life of one or more frail older persons during the past year. To be nominated for the award, an individual must be a direct service employee who worked to improve the quality of life of one or more frail older persons; demonstrate unselfishness, originality, innovation and creativity; make a difference in the life of one or more PACE participants; and epitomize the concept of a team player. (List of recipients.)

The Judy Baskins Volunteer Leadership Award was created to recognize a current or past board, committee or task force member or other volunteer leader for significant contributions to NPA. Much of our success as an association is due to the commitment, passion and inspiration of our volunteer leaders. To be nominated for the award, an individual mustprovide outstanding leadership to NPA through participation as a board, committee or task force member or in another leadership capacity; demonstrate commitment to furthering the growth of NPA and PACE; effect positive change in the association; and advocate on behalf of PACE participants. (List of recipients.)

The Outstanding PACE Nurse of the Year Award was created by the Nursing Consortium to recognize a PACE nurse who provides and promotes the highest quality nursing care for PACE participants. To be nominated for the award, an individual must embrace and promote the ideals of PACE, including person-centered care, empowerment of participants and families, and support for the interdisciplinary team process; enthusiastically promote the role of the nurse on the PACE interdisciplinary team; and contribute significantly to PACE by developing, promoting, and ensuring quality, evidence-based nursing services. (List of recipients.)

For more information, visit the NPA Awards Program page.

For more information about the annual conference, contact Venise Lewis.

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