Glancing Back, and Looking Ahead; Summer Leadership Conference

With the 34th edition of the Summer Leadership Conference completed, it is now time to reflect and look ahead.

Many of you will recognize yourselves and your team members from the workshop competitions. Congratulations to the winners, and as Nelson Mandela says, “I never lose. I win or learn.” And all of us certainly learned a lot from each other and the excellent, energetic facilitation by Bryan K. Williams.

We added presentations by subject matter experts to the conference in 2016 – Claudette Fleming and Ricky Brathwaite. Their presentations are now available on the Summer Leadership Website:

Looking ahead, please hold July 24 – 28, 2017 for the 35th edition of the Summer Leadership Conference!

Next year’s conference will coincide with the exciting America’s Cup 2017 regatta – you won’t want to miss it.

Americas Cup

You will soon receive an email with hotel reservation information. Because of our long-standing relationship with the Fairmont, Southampton, we will have the same excellent rates next year, so plan to book early. Invite your friends and colleagues! And remember, attendance is limited.

We have already started to plan the conference program for next year, and many of you will be invited to offer your thoughts. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your observations, suggestions, rants, and raves.

Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you all again next year!


Summer Leadership Conference: What You’ll Be Missing Next Week if You Don’t Attend!

SLC_Broch1We’re looking forward to a great week next week at the 24th annual Summer Leadership Conference – July 25-29!
We have a great week planned and we are very excited about the expertise and energy that our facilitator, Dr. Bryan K. Williams, will bring to the 2016 Conference.
With so much change happening now, the Summer Leadership Conference is an ideal way to refocus, recharge, and plan for today, tomorrow, and the year ahead. There are still a few seats available (space is limited), so register today!
Here is some of what we’re looking forward to during the Conference.
The program will focus on 5 Steps to Building & Leading a More Results-Driven Team. After participating in this program, participants will:
  • Know what it takes to be a leader whom others want to follow
  • Be better at communicating each member of your team’s role
  • Empower your team members to connect to a greater purpose
Class models for leadership, sound principles of management, and the behavioral science of motivation will be presented in a series of highly interactive sessions. You can view the full program here.
NEW THIS YEAR! Leadership in Healthcare – International Perspectives
ClaudetteFlemmingDr. Claudette Fleming is the Executive Director of Age Concern Bermuda, the most important advocacy group for issues of persons of age in the island nation. She brings a wealth of experience and will discuss the demand, access, and challenges associated with the aging population in Bermuda.
Dr. Ricky Brathwaite is an internationally recognized healthcare economist. A native Bermudian, he splits his time among his home country and clients all over the world, while managing to spend significant time in Washington DC. A global thinker, he will share his perspectives on comparative health care systems, specifically as these relate to care and services for persons of age.
Dr Bryan K Williams

Dr Bryan K. Williams will facilitate the 2016 Summer Leadership Conference

The New York Chapter of the ACHCA is delighted to announce that Dr Bryan K. Williams will facilitate the 2016 Summer Leadership Conference to be held at the Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda

Dr Bryan K WilliamsDr Bryan K. Williams Bio:

Dr. Bryan Williams is a service consultant, trainer, and author. He has facilitated workshops and delivered keynotes worldwide for various companies in diverse industries. Bryan was the Global Corporate Director of Training and Organizational Effectiveness for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He holds degrees and certifications in Business Administration, Hotel/Restaurant Management, and Adult Education, including a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership. Bryan is also the creator of the popular BWTV training series, and author of two books on service excellence. He was also a member of the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Most of all, Bryan is very passionate about helping companies reach high levels of service and organizational excellence.

We are very exited about the expertise and energy that Dr Williams will bring to the 2016 Conference

2015 New Administrator of the Year, Eugene Gonsiorek, PhD

Dr. Eugene Gonsiorek has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Daemen College, a PhD in Neuroscience from the University at Buffalo and a certificate in Long-Term Care Administration from D’Youville College.

He has been part of the McGuire Group for fifteen years serving as Senior PT, Director of PT, Assistant Administrator and his current position as the Administrator of Autumn View Health Care Facility, one of six skilled nursing facilities operated by The McGuire Group.  Autumn View is a 230-bed skilled nursing facility in Hamburg, NY and includes 80 sub-acute beds.  The facility has been rated as a CMS Five-Star facility.

He is a hands-on Administrator and has worked with the facility’s recreation department and a local elementary school to develop an intergenerational program.  He assisted in the development, introduction and tracking of a company-wide “United We Stand” falls prevention program which has had  a tremendous impact on resident safety and has given the staff new tools and protocols to help prevent  falls and injuries.  He goes oout of his way to get to know the residents in the facility.

He has written for various publications and has presented at many Scientific Meetings and Seminars.  He is an Adjunct Professor for the Physical Therapy Program at the University at Buffalo.  He is a volunteer fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, Mercy Flight and St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

We congratulate Eugene Gonsiorek on his accomplishments and being selected as this year’s recipient of the New Administrator of the Year Award.

Vincent Maniscalco

2015 recipient of its prestigious Administrator of the Year award

Vincent ManiscalcoThe New York Chapter ACHCA is pleased to name Vincent Maniscalco, Administrator of Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Middletown, New York as the 2015 recipient of its prestigious Administrator of the Year award.

Vincent began his career in long term care as a teenager, volunteering his time after school and  on the weekends in a local nursing home.  He continued his experience in healthcare by being  accepted into the New Vision Medical Program of Orange-Ulster BOCES in which he shadowed  healthcare professionals in various fields throughout the Hudson Valley while completing college level coursework through SUNY Orange as a high school senior in Chester, NY.  He went on to attend Binghamton University, SUNY, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law and the degree of Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Policy.

Vincent’s professional career in long term care began in May of 2005 when he was hired as the Assistant Administrator for a large not-for-profit healthcare system where he completed his licensing qualifications for nursing home administration.  During the course of his career as a licensed nursing home administrator, Vincent has held various positions in both assisted living and skilled nursing care facilities.

Vincent joined the team at Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in 2010, where he is the Administrator of Record for the 230-bed long term and post-acute facility.  Vincent, along with his dedicated employees and team of professionals, follows the philosophy that ensures the core values of respect, compassion and individual uniqueness of his residents.

Vincent uses a team oriented leadership style which is evident in Middletown Park’s “All Hands on Board” approach to quality assurance and performance improvement-recognized by the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) as an innovative Practice Award winner in 2012.  Together, Vincent and his team have achievedthree consecutive deficiency free Annual Quality Indicator Surveys, have supported multiple quality initiatives that have culminated with the facility’s Five Star CMS rating including the reduction of antipsychotics, restraints and potentially avoidable hospital readmissions, and earned the American Health Care Association’s prestigious 2014 Bronze National Quality Award.

Vincent is an active member of the NYSHFA Board of Directors where he serves as the Orange, Ulster, Dutchess and Sullivan County District 4 President.  He is involved in the Payment for Services and Legislative Committees.  He serves as the Vice-Chair and Board member of the Orange-Ulster BOCES Craft Advisory Committee, and is a graduate of Leadership Orange.  He has been a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators since 2010.

Vincent was a presenter at NYSHFA’s 2014 annual Nurse Leadership Conference on  “Readmissions as an Enterprise Priority” for his work in reducing potentially avoidable readmissions to the hospital.  He sits on the Committee to Reduce Potentially Avoidable Readmissions with Orange Regional Medical Center and the Population Health Coalition with St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.  He is also involved with the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborate and Westchester Medical Center Delivery System  Reform Incentive Payment Program committees.

Vincent takes great pride in working with a dedicated nursing staff to meet the ever changing needs of the community.  He credits his team for their inspiration and committment to the mission of providing the highest standards of care to those they serve.

We congratulate Vincent Maniscalco on his accomplishments and being selected as this year’s recipient of the Administrator of the Year Award.

2013 Presentations

2013 Spring Conference Presentations

Compliance, Medical Records and HIPAA
Speakers: Charles P. Kelly, Esq. and Burton T. Ryan, Jr., Esq.

“Hot” Wage and Hours Issues in the Healthcare Industry

Changing Markets and Health Care Investment Strategies
Speaker: David M. Darst, CFA

The Challenging Patient: A Worker Compensation Perspective
Speakers: Joephine Bottitta, Esq. and Megan Coville

2013 Federal Regulatory and Policy Updates
Speakers: Sheryl Rosenfield, RN

Case Mix Update
Speakers: Sheryl Rosenfield, RN and Marc Zimmet, CPA

Negotiating Managed Care Contracts
Speakers: Ari Markenson, Esq. and Marc Zimmet, CPA

DOH Update
Speakers: Jackie Pappalardi and Al LoBalbo

E Discovery, Social Media and Document Discovery Basics
Speaker: David Rohde, Esq.

Rate Sheets 101
Speakers: Anthony Morrone, CPA and James Budd, CPA

Rate Sheets 101 Cost Accounting
Speakers: Anthony Morrone, CPA and James Budd, CPA
Speakers: Joseph Martello, CPA and Anthony Morrone, CPA