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Southwest Ohio District Education

  • November 30, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Mercy Health Corporate Home Office


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Southwest District Fall Education 2018

Friday, November 30, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Mercy Health Corporate Home Office

1701 Mercy Health Place

Cincinnati, OH 45237

Room S144A

RSVP:  513-227-6484 or by Tuesday, November 27

Free for OHVMA members and non-members

3.5  Educational Contact/CEU Hours for attending entire program



10:00-10:20        Check in and Mingle

10:30 – Noon     Cultural Diversity and Inclusion

Speaker: Dr. Nathan Ziegler, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Noon – 12:30     Lunch

12:45 -2:15         Joint Commission and Regulatory Survey Readiness

Speaker:  Rita Synder, Chief Patient Safety Officer

2:15 – 3:30         Facilitator Guided Popcorn/Networking Session following brief  OHVMA Update

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion(1.5 contact hours)

Bon Secours Mercy Health is currently deploying a system-wide D&I strategy that is tailored to each market around the five pillars of the healthcare system: workplace, workforce, patient experience, community, and marketplace. This session will explore the strategic diversity and inclusion platform for Bon Secours Mercy Health, and how D&I can be leveraged to improve the patient experience.

Our Speaker: Dr. Nathan Ziegler, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Nathan Ziegler is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Bon Secours Mercy Health. He leads the strategic integration of the D&I strategy throughout the BSMH footprint. He is also responsible for developing tailored education for all associates of BSMH, including volunteers, contractors, and non-contracted physician.

Nathan has a long career developing educational programs centered around diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. He is a published author in international journals of education, has presented his work globally, and has served as a consultant with international and national organizations.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1.    Define diversity and inclusion

2.    Explore their own diversity and the diversity of their team.

3.    Lead their team using principles of D&I

4.    Identify opportunities to reinforce the values of diversity and inclusion with their staff.


Joint Commission and Regulatory Survey (1.5 contact hours)

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • 1.    Identify specific expectations for volunteers during an accreditation and/or   regulatory survey
  • 2.    Identify tactics to support Infection Prevention
  • 3.    Identify responsibilities in fire safety

Our Speaker:  Rita Snyder, RN, MSN, NE-BC, CHSP

Chief Patient Safety Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health

Rita Snyder is the Chief Patient Safety Officer for Mercy Health.  Her responsibilities include Patient Safety initiatives, Accreditation Readiness, Regulatory compliance and oversight of corporate policies.

She is responsible for accreditation and regulatory compliance for the legacy Mercy’s hospitals and numerous ambulatory care sites.  Her compliance responsibilities include but are not limited to Joint Commission, CMS Conditions of Participation, EPA, OSHA, Ohio Department of Health regulations, CAP, HIPAA regulations.  She also serves as the organization’s resident expert on Ohio Nursing law. 

She was a surveyor with the Joint Commission for over 9 years, surveying in the Accreditation Program for Hospitals. 

Rita is board certified as a Nurse Executive in Nursing Administration (NE-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   She is also board certified as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) at the master level through the Board of Hazard Control Management. 

She has had several article publications in numerous professional nursing journal


Brief OHVMA Update:

Alice Wanninger, Sheila Maxwell, and Kelly Wills


Facilitator Guided Pop Corn/Networking Session (0.5 contact hours)

Utilizing a facilitator to guide discussions participants will explore a collaborative approach to various volunteer topics with fellow directors and coordinators sharing best practices to expand the reach of Volunteer Services within their own facilities.


Additional Information & Parking

Mercy Health Corporate Offices has ample parking.  Please enter through the main entrance of the building.  You can stop at the lobby/security desk for directions or turn right.  There is a Starbucks Coffee Shop on your left and to the right of that a hall.  Turn right follow the hall to the end then turn left the meeting room will be on your right down.  

Address:  1701 Mercy Health Place

     Cincinnati, OH 45237


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