Hillcrest’s July 24 Professional Development Series Features UNMC Physical Therapy Professor

Hillcrest Health Services is hosting a Professional Development Series featuring presentations by regional leaders in geriatric medicine, rehabilitation and pain management.

Designed exclusively for area health care professionals, two complimentary luncheons are scheduled for July 24 and October 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center located at 6450 Pine St. Participants will have the opportunity to receive one continuing education credit at each event.

Dr. Dawn Venema

Dr. Dawn Venema

On July 24, the series will feature a presentation by Dawn Venema, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor at UNMC’s Division of Physical Therapy Education. Dr. Venema will present “Rehabilitation Transitions in the Age of Reducing Rehospitalizations”.

Dr. Venema is an assistant professor in the Division of Physical Therapy Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Her clinical experience as a physical therapist focused on reduction of fall risk in older adults. At UNMC, she teaches a course related to interpreting and applying research findings to physical therapy practice, as well as a course on teaching mobility skills to patients. She is actively engaged in research on reducing fall risk in hospitalized older adults and the effects of dual-tasking on mobility in older adults, particularly those with cognitive impairments. Dr. Venema will share best practices on the vital role rehabilitation plays in reducing rehospitalizations.

Participants are asked to register online by July 21 at www.hillcresthealth.com/pds and may pay the $10 CEU fee at the event via cash, credit card or check. The continuing education credit is provided by Iowa Western Community College Board of Nursing provider #6.

“We are excited to host the professional development series, and it is our goal to offer topics of value to our colleagues who seek the latest information on caring for aging adults,” said Dr. Anna Fisher, Hillcrest’s director of education.

On October 23, Howard Edwards, Jr., M.D., M.A., associate physician with Palliative Care Associates, will present “Understanding Palliative Care”.

Hillcrest Health Services offers the region’s largest continuum of health services for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation, long-term care, memory support, adult day services, certified skilled home health and private duty home care, palliative care, telehealth services, and hospice care. Hillcrest currently serves nearly 1,000 aging adults daily across eight counties in Nebraska and Iowa. For more information, visit www.hillcresthealth.com or call (402) 682-4800.