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Are We Prepared? Four Chronic Diseases Transforming Aging and Health Care

May 10 @ 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Woodmont Country Club
1201 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
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Online Registration is closed. If you are interested in attending, please call 301-770-8329.

The ninth annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium, Are We Prepared? Four Chronic Diseases Transforming Aging and Health Care will focus on the commonalities and unique complexities of treating cancer, diabetes, dementia and heart disease in an older population and is presented by Charles E. Smith Life Communities in partnership with Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The symposium is made possible by Drs. Ellen and Stuart Lessans, in loving memory of Stuart’s parents, Sara and Samuel J. Lessans.

Join leading physicians and public health experts for an inclusive and dynamic discussion on the complexity and challenges of treating and caring for an aging population in a total cost of care environment. Experts will review research surrounding the commonalities and complexities of treating cancer, diabetes, dementia and heart disease in an older population, how we will cost effectively treat them in an ever-growing aging population and how to assess value and quality metrics. Panelists will also provide information on the quality of care needed to treat these four most costly illnesses, the burden it places on our healthcare system and what this means for us as people live longer.

Keynote Speaker: Scott Berkowitz, MD, MBA, FACC, FAHA,  Senior Medical Director, Accountable Care,  Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients, LLC

Keynote Address: Transforming Healthcare in Maryland — In Search of Accountable Care

  • Hear about the latest research surrounding the unique challenges of treating and caring for an aging population.
  • Gain insight into the commonality of these four diseases and the complexity of treating older adults with multiple diseases.
  • Understand the importance of assessing value and quality metrics.
  • Learn about the future of caring for an old population as we all live longer

Breakout Sessions (10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Breakout Session I: Is There A Way To Treat Patients Within The Current System?


  • Edward Healy, MD, MBA, Chair of Cardiology, Suburban Hospital
  • Michele F. Bellantoni, M.D., C.M.D., Associate Professor & Clinical Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Specialty Hospital Programs, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Moderator: Elisa Gil-Pires, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Medical Director, Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Breakout Session II: Policy Changes Affecting the Care of Older Adults


  • Linda Dunbar, Vice President of Care Management and Population Health at Johns Hopkins Healthcare.
  • Davis Baird, Policy and Advocacy Manager, CTAC
  • Howard Haft, MD., Executive Director, Maryland Primary Care Model,for the Maryland Department of Health

Moderator: Howard Gleckman, author of Caring for Our Parents and Senior Fellow at The Urban Institute.

Breakout Session III: The More Complex The Issues The Greater The Need For Care Coordination


  • Susy Elder Murphy, BA, CMC Owner, Debra Levy Eldercare Associates
  • Leslie Kessler, LCSW-C, Clinical Social Worker, Jewish Social Service Agency
  • Monica Talcott, Social Worker and Clinical Liaison, Season’s Hospice

Moderator: Marybeth Rizio, Cinical Social Worker, Charles E. Smith Life Communities

Accredited Seminar: Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators and Assisted Living Managers will earn 4.5 continuing education credits; Nurses will earn 5 Contact Hours and Physicians will earn 3 Continuing Medical Education credits.