Keynote Speakers

Tuesday Opening Keynote
Justify the Program!
By Edward Hall, MS, CSP, CSPHP

Ed Hall is a veteran healthcare risk and insurance executive with 19 years’ experience in both academic medicine and community healthcare environments. He is nationally recognized and published, and he has received multiple awards for his innovative loss prevention and loss control programs that consistently lead to increased patient and employee safety and proven financial savings. He co-founded the Risk Authority (TRA) Stanford, a consulting firm and eventual training platform, and now works as the Executive Administrator for Risk Management at Keck Medicine of USC. In his free time, Hall enjoys college football, horse racing, and spending time with his family and dog.

Take a look at the University of Southern California (USC) review of data to support a meaningful SPHM program. Learn ways we used indicators and subjective probabilistic modeling to support a strong programmatic return on investment (ROI). Discussion will include how claims and safety play an important role in program performance and how it’s all tied together into one supportive program. Learn how to get leadership involved in the discussion and how these programs justify themselves with good data.

  1. Review the benchmarks available to help show performance and how to use them.
  2. Identify factors that will support your program and sustain it for years to come.
  3. Learn how SPHM programs can be a big win for any organization and see how to prove it.

Wednesday Keynote
Individual and Organizational Factors Associated with Injury and Use of SPHM Technology
By Neal Wiggermann, PhD and Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES

Neal Wiggermann is a Specialist Research Scientist in Human Factors and Ergonomics at Baxter, formerly Hillrom. For 11 years he has managed a biomechanics laboratory and performed scientific research and product testing to inform the design of medical devices. His work focuses on reduction of caregiver injuries and improving patient outcomes by supporting mobility. He received his PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a member of the Board of Directors of ASPHP.

Ruth Francis has over 30 years of international, corporate, association, government, and community health education and promotion experience and is a Senior Policy Advisor for the American Nurses Association (ANA) in the Nursing Practice & Work Environment Department. She currently leads ANA’s Occupational Health Initiatives: Safe Patient Handling and Mobility, Workplace Violence/#End Nurse Abuse and Bullying Prevention, Opioids Prevention, Precision Health, Racism in Nursing, and Gun Violence Prevention, representing ANA at national and federal stakeholder meetings. For the past two years, she has represented ANA on CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices related to the COVID-19 vaccine. In January 2022, she started her three-year term on the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors, providing guidance to the NIOSH Executive Staff. Francis recently led an Advisory Group and Workgroup to complete the development of the ANA National Interprofessional SPHM Standards, 2nd Edition. It was published in November 2021. She has authored or co-authored over 100 articles, positions, briefs, and papers, and has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on occupational health, immunizations, workplace violence prevention, and health and wellness promotion. A past ASPHP Board member (2019-2021), she currently participates on the Governance and DEI committees and chairs the Policy Workgroup. Francis received her master’s degree from Loma Linda University in California and is certified as a Master Health Education Specialist. She is currently completing her dissertation for her Doctor of Public Health degree.

This presentation describes the results of a survey on injury history and SPHM practice for 973 professional caregivers representing all 50 US states. Although more musculoskeletal injuries occur in healthcare than any other industry, there is little information on organizational factors associated with risk of injury and rates of unreported injury. There is also limited information about the adoption of SPHM practice and associated workplace factors.

Attendees of this presentation will gain information about injury history in caregivers and the role of organizations in retaining workers and preventing injury. Attendees will also learn caregivers’ nuanced attitudes toward manual patient handling as it relates to task requirements and patient body weight. The presentation will detail the effects of equipment availability, SPHM training, patient assessments, and organizational support on the use of SPHM technology. Finally, the presenters will explain how these findings reinforce the best practices described in the ANA SPHM standards.

  1. Describe rates of pain and injury in professional caregivers and implications for practice.
  2. Understand caregivers’ approaches toward SPHM and facilitators to use of technology.
  3. Explain the relationship between survey findings and ANA SPHM standards.

Thursday Opening Keynote
Bringing Life to a System-Wide Early Mobility Clinical Practice
By Rhonda Turner, RN, Sumit Agarwal, MD, FACP, Nimit Agarwal, MD, FACP, and Lori Best, BSN, RN, RN-BC

Rhonda Turner has worked in healthcare for 34 years in various roles. She acquired her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2014 and was inspired to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Leadership to be a stronger voice for the front line, graduating in 2018. She is an RN Operations Support Specialist who supports onboarding, education, quality metrics, and strategic initiatives through partnering with leadership and the bedside staff. She continues to empower her colleagues by identifying methods to increase awareness around SPHM and fall prevention, and to demonstrate how a comprehensive program can positively impact patient outcomes while reducing injuries to patients and frontline staff. She is a visionary leader, has been on the national speaking platform since 2015, became a Certified Safe Patient Handling Associate (CSPHA) in 2015, joined the Board of ASPHP in 2019, has traveled internationally presenting on how to build sustainable SPHM programs and caring for patients of size, and is now stretching her wings as a published author.

Dr. Sumit Agarwal is the Associate Director of Analytics at Banner Health. He completed medical school in India, earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in healthcare administration, and since then has been a leading member of quality improvement initiatives at Banner Health. Often called the ‘Unicorn’ and the 'Wizard of Data Analysis’, he has played pivotal roles in ensuring successful completion of quality improvement and operations projects by providing timely and accurate information and data analysis. Through his work, project leaders have been able to focus their energy on areas of attention. He is also affiliated with University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix as a Research Assistant Professor, where he has mentored numerous medical students in their scholarly projects. He has over 50 manuscripts and abstracts published in major peer-reviewed international medical journals.

Dr. Nimit Agarwal is a geriatrics and internal medicine physician leading the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Banner – University Medical Center (UMC) Phoenix and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He leads the Center for Healthy Aging at Banner – UMC Phoenix and is the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.
Under his leadership, Banner – UMC Phoenix became the first hospital in Arizona to receive the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians. Banner – UMC Phoenix is also a member of NICHE: Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders, an international nursing and consultation program designed to improve geriatric care in health care organizations. Banner – UMC Phoenix has ranked in the Top 50 programs annually per U.S. News and World Report for geriatric medicine. He was awarded the 2020 Arizona Falls Prevention Award for Research and Science by the Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition.

This presentation will take participants on the full journey – from concept to implementation – of how Banner Health brought an Early Mobility Clinical Practice (EMCP) to life. Research clearly demonstrates the importance of early mobility for the hospitalized patient. Now is the time to direct knowledge into practice by building consistent early mobility interventions to improve patient outcomes across the continuum of care. Learn from Banner Health’s success how to design and implement an EMCP in your healthcare organization.

  1. Assess the need for a system-wide early mobility clinical practice (EMCP).
  2. Review the necessary steps to design a system-wide EMCP.
  3. Explore options for the implementation and ongoing facilitation of a successful EMCP.