Session Abstracts


  1. Outline resources, talking points and specific steps necessary to engage and educate executive champions into your SPHM vision and experience.
  2. Explain ways to integrate live or virtual “hands-on” learning into your SPHM program.
  3. Describe efficiencies in performing the top challenging handling and mobility tasks.
  4. Identify specific ways to include patient safety initiatives into your SPHM action plan.


2022-001 10 am – 10:30 am Sponsored by Freedom Medical
Lead with Purpose where you Stand! with Rhonda Turner and Kayla Hutson
Objective(s) 1, 4

This energetic panel describes the success that can develop when executive stakeholders are engaged. Learn ways to empower your teams and build the necessary partnerships across every platform to bring meaningful and sustainable practices. The umbrella of the culture of safety involves everyone moving forward together from where they stand.

Rhonda Turner, MSN, RN, CSPHA has been in healthcare for 35 years in various roles. She acquired her BSN in 2014 and was inspired to go after her MSN-Leadership to be a stronger voice for the frontline, graduating in 2018. She currently works as an RN Operations Support Specialist, and her primary role includes supporting onboarding, education, quality metrics, and strategic initiatives through partnering with leadership and the bedside staff. She continues to empower her colleagues, bedside to leadership, 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 the patients and frontline staff. She is a visionary leader, has been on the national speaking platform since 2015, became a 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.

Kayla Hutson is the RN Associate Director of the Observation unit at Banner Baywood Medical Center. She has been an RN for about 9 years and has gained a passion for serving the geriatric population. Through her love for geriatric patients, she obtained her ANCC Gerontological Nursing board certification in 2020. She strives to make every patient visit to the hospital a safe one. Therefore, she propelled her passion towards decreasing falls within the hospital setting. She joined the Banner Falls committee and later became a system co-lead. She gained a desire to combine Safe Patient Handling, Mobility and Fall Prevention to promote early and safe mobility for the patient and caregiver.

2022-002 10:30 am – 11 am Sponsored by HillRom
National Engagement and SPHM with Nicole Hopewell, Cade Clurman and Ruth Francis
Objective(s) 1, 4

Speakers will review two national initiatives that can be critical to your SPHM decision-making and planning. The first is an update on the recently revised Interprofessional SPHM National Standards. The second is information on an advocacy effort for mobility; promoting mobility as an issue of importance and for work on standard methods to assess mobility.

Nicole Hopewell, PT, MS, CSPHP is a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Clinical Consultant with Baxter. She is a licensed physical therapist, certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and Caritas Coach. She has worked for over 30 years in healthcare leadership, education, and direct patient care in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care, outpatient rehab and women's health. Nicole has extensive real-life experience in the development of successful SPHM programs from the ground up, including gaining administrative support, equipment selection and justification, education, developing the right culture, and supporting the day-to-day operations of multi-faceted SPHM programs. She values collaboration and partnership with the entire healthcare team to drive change and improve patient and caregiver safety. Nicole completed her Bachelor of Physical Therapy from New York University and her Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Regis University.

Cade Clurman is a federal lobbyist for the Baxter Healthcare Government Policy and Reimbursement team. She joined the company in January 2017 with a focus on federal tax and trade, and surgical product and reimbursement policies. In this role, she interfaces with domestic and international government stakeholders on behalf of Baxter to advance issues and manage relationships important to the patients Baxter serves.
Prior to Baxter, Cade served over a dozen years on Capitol Hill, where she was responsible for the creation and execution of the healthcare policy and press agenda for a midwestern Senator, as well as two former Representatives. Cade is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and currently resides with her family near Annapolis, Maryland.

Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES 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, #End Nurse Abuse and Bullying Prevention, Opioids Prevention, Precision Health, and Gun Violence Prevention, representing ANA at national and federal stakeholder meetings. For the past two years, Ruth has represented ANA on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices related to the COVID-19 vaccine. In January 2022, Ruth started her three-year term on the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Board of Scientific Counselors, providing guidance to the NIOSH executive staff. 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. She 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.

2022-003 11 am – 11:30 am
SPHM and Emergency Management with Tim Buchanan and Tim Lee
Objective(s) 1, 3

How does a SPHM background fit into emergency management plans or an event? These well-received speakers will discuss ways to protect workers in time of high chaos. Decedent care and mass fatality are discussed.

Tim Buchanan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CSPHP is a master’s level prepared Registered Nurse with over 28 years of patient care experience. He is a retired United States Air Force (USAF) critical care and flight/CCAT nurse. Tim moved from his previous roles as a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Facility Coordinator and Adjunct Nurse Faculty into his current role as a Patient Safety Officer for the Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where he works to promote patient safety and still oversees the SPHM program for all of Florida and southern Georgia. Tim has a passion for education and has served as an adjunct nurse clinical faculty for 10 years, has presented at numerous SPHM conferences, and recently served as collaborating author for SPHM chapters in a Nursing Fundamentals text. He collaborates with a diverse multidisciplinary team of patient safety and SPHM professionals to deliver care to over three million veterans. He maintains an interest in clinical excellence and continues to consult as an SPHM and patient safety professional.

Tim Lee, PT, DPT, CEAS II is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a clinical background working with patients in settings ranging from outpatient orthopedic and balance to acute care and rehabilitation. Timothy moved from direct patient care into his current role as a Workforce Safety Specialist for Northwell Health, where he is the liaison for 10 acute care hospitals and works to promote musculoskeletal injury reduction through development of SPHM and ergonomics program initiatives. Timothy has a passion for education and has served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Stony Brook University, and as a guest lecturer at physical therapy programs raising awareness of SPHM concepts to optimize patient outcomes while reducing injury risk in future healthcare professionals. He collaborates with a diverse multidisciplinary team to develop profession-specific SPHM education that addresses emergent and rapidly evolving issues in present-day healthcare, including proning and decedent handling. Timothy maintains an interest in clinical excellence and continues to treat patients primarily using MDT principles through telehealth.

2022-004 11:30 am – 12 noon
Making Virtual "Hands-On" Work for You with Marie Martin
Objective(s) 2, 4

Recent changes in hands-on training have been challenging in the SPHM world. This presentation describes innovative ways to use virtual methods to maximize the hands-on experience.

Marie M. Martin, PhD, CSPHP is an industrial hygienist by training, with her PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Washington. She led curriculum for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training center before joining the VA North Texas Health Care System as an industrial hygienist in 2008. Within two months of her arrival, she was planning for ceiling lifts, and she has been an SPHM Facility Coordinator ever since. In 2014, she started helping with the national VA SPHM program, led it from 2015 to 2016, and has assisted with its leadership ever since.

2022-005 12 noon – 12:30 pm
Resources for Healthcare Design Across the Continuum of Care with Ellen Taylor
Objective(s) 4

Healthcare is complex and solving a problem in a silo often results in unintended consequences. This is especially pronounced when it comes to designing all types of healthcare facilities. Far too frequently, design professionals and the many user stakeholders engaged in a project are expected to be magicians rather than logicians, solving an organization’s worldly woes with incomplete information and documentation. Teams are rarely equipped with the necessary resources to design an environment that both responds to current needs and anticipates future requirements. Most healthcare staff and clinicians have never been included in a design project and are caught in the headlights with their role and responsibilities. Become acquainted with The Center for Health Design’s many open-access evidence-based resources for planning and designing for the current and anticipated needs of a different populations across healthcare settings. Obtain specific insights to inform your everyday practice including preventing injuries and increasing safety, incorporating universal design for human needs – all with a goal to improve patient, resident, staff, and organizational outcomes.

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC brings over 30 years of experience in architecture, research, and business to leading The Center’s research team. She is a registered architect and member of the AIA who was recognized by Healthcare Design as the HCD10 Researcher in 2017, an award recognizing significant contributions to the industry. Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Global Executive MBA degrees from Columbia University and London Business School, and a PhD in design, patient safety and human factors from Loughborough University in England. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Steering Committee for the FGI Health Guidelines Revisions Committee, the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) Journal and American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), and is the 2022 President of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health.

2022-006 12:30 pm – 1 pm
SPHM Simulation Challenge Panel Discussion with Paul Power BA, MBA, EMT-P, CEAS I; Erin DiCandia, PT, DPT, CEAS I; Ernest Fabros, PT, DPT, CSPHC, SCCE, WCC; Marcella Norizsan, CNA, CPSHA
and Guests
Objective(s) 2, 3

Northwell Health System has developed a unique way to engage staff participation into the promotion and sustainability of SPHM program. The SPHM Simulation Challenge, this method has yielded measurable results at the bedside. Learn about the SPHM Simulation Challenge and hear from "gold medalists" who will share their experience with this training method, and ways their training is useful to patient care every day!

Paul Power, EMT-P, CEAS I is the Assistant Vice President at the Workforce Safety Department at Northwell Health System, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, and the nation’s 14th largest healthcare system. He is a paramedic with an extensive background in injury prevention and absence management. Paul has also directed safety programs as an Assistant Director for Northwell Health CEMS, one of the largest hospital-based EMS services in the country. He was appointed Safety Officer for one Northwell hospital and is the Director of Workforce Safety Operations, in charge of implementing an enterprise-wide safe patient handling program. His implementation strategies have received multiple awards, including the EHS Daily Award for Innovations in Training for 2019. Other featured work includes deployment of a mobile training unit with a simulated hospital room and formation of Safe Patient Handling Olympics for employee engagement (enterprise-wide participation from 15+ hospitals). Paul has advanced certification in ergonomics and is actively pursuing certification in safe patient handling. He has presented both nationally and internationally. With over 30 years of dedicated service to the emergency services and safety field, he has encountered some of the most dangerous and unsafe conditions one could imagine.

Asha Roy, OTD, OTR/L, CSPHP, CWcHP, CEAS II, AOEAS, PMEC, LSSWB, CTS, CCIM, CMS is a Director in the Workforce Safety Department at Northwell Health System. She has a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with specialization in Administration and Practice Management from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Health Professional, Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist, has a certification in Expanded Ergonomics Assessment Skills, and is an Advanced Office Ergonomics Assessment Specialist certified. As a Director for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility, she works closely with the risk management division to analyze each injury toward identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities, improve the quality of occurrence reporting, and reduce injuries and related expenses. She established a web-based program to help leaders objectively understand and analyze specific elements of risk. Collaborating with her team and each individual site, she successfully analyzed each building’s patient population, case mix indexes, acuity scores, existing knowledge base, and resources, and developed a plan to procure required equipment. She was instrumental in developing the SPH training curriculum for Northwell, including educating staff in a web-based environment, scheduled site-based training, and unit-based validation of clinician competencies and comfort levels. She also worked with her colleagues to develop a ‘train the trainer’ model at each site, promoting the current sustained process of SPH across Northwell Health System.

Erin DiCandia has been a Physical Therapist since 2014 and works as a program manager for Northwell Workforce Safety. Prior to working for Workforce Safety, she worked as an acute care physical therapist at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH). At NSUH she developed a passion for working with complex patient populations and a strong interest in early mobilization in critical care, bariatric mobility and safe patient handling & mobility (SPHM). Erin also has clinical experience in subacute rehab and long-term care as she worked as a traveling physical therapist prior to working for Northwell Health. In her current role as a Program Manager for SPHM she is responsible for creation of, implementation and sustaining an internal safe patient handling program at Mather Hospital, Northwell Health. At Mather, Erin manages the WFS educators and oversees the SPHM program working very closely with the SPHM & Falls committee co-chairs and leadership to minimize risk of injury to patients and employees during all patient handling and mobility tasks. With the Mather Hospital SPH Co-chairs and committee, she created the code fall algorithm, equipment proposal, falls response cart, and updated the code fall policy and procedures. For the Northwell Health System, she is responsible for creating educational content related to patient mobility and SPHM, providing training at various levels, assisting with SPHM program development and sustainability, performing fit for duty testing and ergonomic assessments. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Touro College in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, where she teaches PT interventions I and integrates SPHM concepts and equipment education into the course material as it relates to bed mobility, transfers, gait training and rehabilitation interventions. With her colleagues at Northwell, and utilizing the Northwell SPHM mobile training unit she is dedicated to bringing this content to other educational programs in the area to introduce SPHM education and concepts to healthcare students.

Marcella Norizsan had been working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Northwell’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital in New York for nine years now. She is an active safe patient handling proponent—achieving for the health system their first certified safe patient handling associate in August 2018. In March 2020, she presented a poster at the ASPHP Conference in San Diego, California, also facilitating hands-on equipment demonstrations to the conference participants. Utilizing multiple formats of instruction, during the first wave of Covid—along with SPH champions in her facility and leadership—she became part or the ‘Prone Team’ educators. Her outstanding reputation in the SPHM efforts of her health system has become so that she had gotten local recognition and was invited to become a panelist judge at her health system workforce’s annual SPH simulation competition in January 2022 — allowing her expertise to be shared to a bigger forum. Marcella continues to pursue higher training and education to focus on injury prevention in healthcare in her current capacity—and perhaps, later in more advanced roles.

Ernest Fabros is a senior physical therapist at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, NY. He is the co-chair person of their local SPH Committee, overseeing and promoting practice of SPHM and injury prevention in their facility. He is an SPH Champion and an ASPHP Certified SPH Clinician himself—first in their health system. As a site clinical educator, he has enabled awareness of SPHM and injury prevention to student rehabilitation professionals coming into their facility for clinical experiences since 2016. A collaborator, he was a co-presenter of an SPHM poster in the 2020 ASPHP Annual Conference in San Diego, California—sharing his SPH knowledge to Early Mobility efforts in the ICU. He continues to raise awareness, find creative means for, and highlight the culture shift for injury prevention, safe patient handling and experience in his area of practice.

Break 1 pm – 3 pm
2022-007 3 pm – 3:30 pm Sponsored by HoverTech International
"How To" Perform the Top Three Challenging Tasks with Margaret Arnold
Objective(s) 2, 3, 4

Have you wondered about practical solutions to performing some of the more challenging tasks? This presentation demonstrates virtual safe, efficient ways to perform the top 3 challenging SPHM tasks.

Margaret Arnold, PT, CEES, CSPHP is CEO of and of Inspire Outcomes. She has 30 years’ experience as a physical therapist and 20 years as an ergonomic evaluation specialist and safe patient handling/ early mobility expert, holding certification as a Safe Patient Handling Professional. Margaret has published extensively on early mobility and safe patient handling, and she is the Editorial Advisor on Early Mobility to the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility. She sits on the Board of Directors for ASPHP, where she chairs the Education Committee and leads a national task force to integrate safe patient handling and mobility into graduate education for physical and occupational therapists, nurses, radiology technicians, and medical doctors. Margaret is passionate about patient outcomes as well as protecting those who care for patients, and she has done a TED talk on this very topic. She is working with over 50 VA facilities nationwide to help move toward safe early mobility across care settings and disciplines.

2022-008 3:30 pm – 4 pm
A Day in The Life! with Susan Gallagher and Guests
Objective(s) 1 & 4

Have you ever wondered about the day-to-day activities of professionals who support SPHM? This panel describes roles and responsibilities, leadership, professional practice and everyday activities of healthcare personnel across disciplines and settings who support SPHM.

• Susan Gallagher

• Laura Chadbourne, RN BJC Missouri
• Linda Pryor, RN OHN NorthBay California
• Jason Hollis, CNA Atlanta VA
• Tupo Tuppo, PT Stanford Heath California
• Stephanie Wilson, OT NUHS, Illinois

Susan Gallagher, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, CBN, HCRM, CSPHP is a trained wound ostomy continence nurse, certified bariatric nurse, healthcare risk manager, and certified safe patient handling professional. She has certificates in Six Sigma-Health Care and Six Sigma LEAN. Dr. Gallagher holds a master’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in religion and social ethics, and a PhD in policy ethics. She is a recognized expert in safety and outcomes with emphasis on bariatrics, skin/wound care, safe patient handling and mobility, and loss control. She lectures internationally and has authored over 200 articles, books, or book chapters. Her professional objective is to assist organizations in capturing quality and sustainability through customer sensitive initiatives, supported by quantitative performance improvement outcomes.

2022-009 4 pm – 4:30 pm
Shifting from Silo’d Harm Perspectives to an Activity and Mobility Promotion Culture: The Johns Hopkins Solution with Michael Friedman
Objective(s) 4

A look to the future as it relates to your practice today are described by this team from Johns Hopkins Health System.

Michael Friedman, PT, MBA is the Director of Strategic Program Development and faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His responsibilities include integration of rehabilitation within health system initiatives inclusive but not limited to population health, quality improvement, clinical research, practice standardization and functional outcome measurement.

2022-010 4:30 pm – 5 pm
Inspiring and Engaging your Teams with Edward Hall
Objective(s) 1, 4

A universal element of successful, sustainable SPHM is the ability to inspire and engage your team. This presenter will share ideas with you based on 2 decades of cutting-edge experience in safety, specifically SPHM.

Edward Hall, MS, CSP, CSPHP has over 25 years of diverse risk and insurance management experience, Ed is an authority in managing risks in academic, industrial, insurance and healthcare sectors. Ed started his career in the Risk Management office at an academic university. Thereafter, he managed risk programs for the heavy metals industry and Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky before moving into the insurance and healthcare industry. He is nationally recognized, published, and received multiple awards for his development of innovative loss control risk management programs which have led to dramatic increases in patient and employee safety, exceptional general liability program performance, and proven financial savings.