Dr. Marie S. Gustin Health Professional Conference

Creating a Culture of Patient and Family Engagement

Dr. Marie S. Gustin Health Professional Conference

Creating a Culture of Patient and Family Engagement


Clinicians, nurses, therapists, other healthcare professionals and academics will learn and envision ways to change healthcare practice to better engage patients and families.

Mon, October 21, 2019
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Central Connecticut State University
Memorial Hall-Constitution Room
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06053


Healthcare professionals have the power to create and lead a culture of strong clinician-patient partnerships through patient and family engagement. Recent research has proven that patients who are more active in their care demonstrate improved wellness outcomes and lower healthcare expenses. At this conference you will discover innovative ways to engage patients and families in their healthcare journey within your practice and facility. You will understand the importance of the patient voice and learn how technology can be leveraged to effectively engage patients.

Contact Hours

Hospital for Special Care is an approved provider of nursing continuing education through the Connecticut Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver through the American Nurses’ Credentialing Commission. 1.25 contact hours will be provided.

An application has been made for CRCE through the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for Respiratory Therapists.



Dr. Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Sr Vice President, Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at Get Well Network, Bethesda, MD

Drenkard is responsible for the clinical direction and brings the voice of nursing to patient engagement and the innovation of technology for nursing practice.

Drenkard serves as an editorial advisor to Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA) and Nursing Administration Quarterly (NAQ). She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Indiana University School of Nursing, and is a Board of Trustee member for Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice.

Drenkard received her PhD in nursing administration from George Mason University.



Early Bird ……………………..$49 (before September 15)

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Call Jeanne Thomas at 860-827-1958 ext. 5702

Email jthomas@hfsc.org

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