2022 Hillcrest Professional Development Series

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Mental Health Issues Surrounding COVID-19: April 29, noon-1 p.m., Zoom
Presented by Dr. David Miers
  • Explain behavioral health impairments
  • Describe lifestyle factors that influence behavioral health
  • Discuss how to overcome COVID-related anxieties
Meet Our Speaker:

David Miers, PhD, LIPC, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Bryan Medical Center

Dr. Miers is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, NE. He has been with Bryan Medical Center for 25 years. Dr. Miers received his B.S. from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska. He is a Licensed Independent Professional Counselor. He is a member of the American Association of Suicidology and is a Suicidologist. He is the founder and past co-chair of the state of Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and current Board Member. He is a member of the Lincoln HOPELNK Lincoln/Lancaster County Nebraska Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition. In 2019 he served on the Mayors Child Access to Firearms/ Safe Storage Task Force in Lincoln, NE. He has published research and co-authored a chapter in The Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers assisted in the development of the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, NE in 2009 and has assisted in the development of other LOSS teams in Nebraska and LOSS team development on a national level. He has served in the past on several local boards in various capacities including the Lincoln Lancaster County Homeless Coalition, Lincoln Human Services Federation, and Lincoln’s Child Advocacy Center, Nebraska Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), New Americans Task Force, Lincoln Lancaster Mental Health Foundation, State Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, and the Disaster American Red Cross Mental Health Team. Dr. Miers is a graduate of Leadership Lincoln Fellows 33 and was a member of the 2018-2019 Leadership Lincoln Program Planning Committee. Dr. Miers is the former Vice President for Acute Care Services and current member of the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Healthcare Organizations (NABHO) and on the board of the Seniors Foundation. Dr. Miers was awarded the 2021 Heroes of Hope Award by the HOPELNK Suicide Prevention Coalition.

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PREVIOUS: COVID-19 Discussion with the Experts: March 25, noon-1 p.m., Zoom
Presented by Dr. Rick Starlin, Kate Tyner & Margaret Drake
  • Recall lessons learned from the pandemic
  • Explain the current state of infection prevention
  • Describe what’s on the horizon for infection prevention and control
Meet Our Speakers:

Rick Starlin, MD, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, UNMC

Rick Starlin is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He completed his medical degree at UNMC and has a BS degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases was completed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St Louis. He subsequently served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Washington University after completing his fellowship.

He is currently a medical director for Employee Health at Nebraska Medicine. He also serves as the service line director Community ID and Telehealth ID service and co-director of the non-tuberculous mycobacterial clinic at Nebraska Medicine. His clinical interests include non-mycobacterial infections and general infectious diseases with emphasis on community/telehealth based care.

Kate Tyner, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Team Supervisor, Nebraska ASAP & ICAP

Kate is Nurse Coordinator of the Nebraska ASAP and ICAP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC. She has been working in infection control and prevention since 2005, in both inpatient and ambulatory locations and has been certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2008. She has been an instructor with The Nebraska Infection Control Network for several years. She has contributed to many publications and presentations, but most enjoys educating healthcare professionals on the prevention of healthcare acquired infections.

Margaret Drake, MT (ASCP), Infection Preventionist, Nebraska ICAP

Margaret is an Infection Preventionist for Nebraska ICAP. She obtained her undergraduate medical technology degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is certified by the American Association of Clinical Pathologists and Certified in Infection Control.

Margaret has worked in the medical field since 1981, first in the laboratory for twenty five years and for the past ten years in Infection Control. She has a strong background in surveillance for healthcare associated infections and the National Hospital Safety Network (NHSN).

Thank you to those who attended this webinar!

Contact Hours are offered for attending these webinars. Please be sure to attend the full hour, and fill out the survey. Continuing Education Contact Hours awarded by Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #6. 

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