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Speakers Bureau

Could your company, group or organization benefit from learning about office ergonomics, first aid for children, or stroke? Mercy Regional's Speakers Bureau offers presentations on a variety of topics related to health, wellness and safety in an effort to educate and empower our community.

For more information about a presentation, click the links below. Unless specific contact information is provided with the presentation you are interested in, you may schedule a speaker by contacting speakers@mercyregional.org.

10 Ways to Reduce Your Comp Costs (60 min.)
Theresa Crubel, RN, Director, Occupational Health

While the laws and courts certainly seem to limit what an employer can do to maintain control of their work compensation costs, there are some things employers can do. We have 10 suggestions for employers to help maintain control of their work comp costs and encourage a safer work place.

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Abuse/Neglect (20 – 60 min.)
Nancy Knopp, MS, LMSW, Director, Case Management

What do you do if you suspect someone you know — a child or an adult — is being abused, neglected or exploited? Learn what the law says and what you can do to help.

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Advance Directives (30 – 60 min.)
Mercy Regional Ethics Committee Members

An advance directive is a document that states a patient's choice regarding treatment, life support, stopping treatment, and life-sustaining treatment when patients are unable to do so themselves. This presentation will discuss the importance of communicating your healthcare wishes, along with the difference between a living will and a durable power of attorney.

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Anxiety (30 - 60 min.)
Staci Smock, LMSW, Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Program

The hallmark of an anxiety disorder that differentiates it from the normal emotions of anxiety is chronic worrying about day-to-day events, activities and situations that may keep an individual from solving problems and being able to complete daily tasks.

Living with this disorder generally means constantly anticipating disaster, and worrying excessively about money, family, health, work or even unidentifiable things. Sometimes, even the thought of making it through the day can provoke stress, worry and anxiety.

The physical symptoms of an anxiety disorder may include sweating, shaking, or difficulty breathing. Individuals with such a disorder also report that they cannot seem to relax and generally do not eat or sleep well, which may eventually lead to other physical problems such as fatigue, headaches and weight loss.

This presentation will cover topics such as the physical and emotional responses to anxiety, and tips to help someone who is suffering from an anxiety disorder.

To schedule this presentation for your staff, residents, clients or another group, please contact the
Senior Adult Program.

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Asthma 101 (30 – 60 min.)
Bob Garrett, CRT, CPFT, Pulmonary Diagnostics Department

What is asthma? What are the symptoms? Knowing how to manage your asthma is the first step to controlling it. Educate yourself and create a plan of action to help successfully manage your asthma.

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Bicycle and Helmet Safety (30 – 60 min.)
Julie Miller, Supervisor, Department of Emergency Services

Think helmets are just for motorcyclists? Think again! This presentation educates students, parents, schools and other groups about the importance of bicycle and helmet safety. Learn how helmets can prevent major traumatic injuries and save lives — and share that vital information with others.

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Breastfeeding
Melanie Ramsey, RN, BSN, IBCLC, CBE, Mother's Essentials

The certified lactation consultant from
Mother's Essentials is available for presentations to community groups, including high school classes, service groups and university classes. Presentations can be designed to fit your request. Common topics include: benefits of breastfeeding, how the body makes milk, and breastfeeding problem resolution.

For more information, contact 
Mother's Essentials.

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Care for the Cancer Patient (15 – 60 min.)
Kathy Bulk, RN, BS, OCN, Oncology Nurse Clinician

Learn about the issues affecting people with a cancer diagnosis, such as symptom management and psychosocial needs of both the patient and family members. Areas of discussion include pain management, depression and anxiety, nutritional issues, fatigue, infection risk and being a part of the healthcare team.

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Care for the Caregiver (20 – 60 min.)
Nancy Knopp, MS, LMSW, Director, Case Management

Who cares for the caregiver? Learn about resources available to supplement the care you're providing for your loved one and strategies for relieving the stress you're experiencing.

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Choices for Living: Teens and Driving (60 min.)
Julie Miller, Supervisor, Department of Emergency Services

Teens face very adult responsibilities when they begin to drive. This presentation prepares teenagers to make good decisions when it comes to driving. Topics include underage drinking, drinking and driving, and seat belts. Empower teens to be smart behind the wheel.

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Community Resources (20 – 60 min.)
Nancy Knopp, MS, LMSW, Director, Case Management

General information on support groups, caregiving at home, home health, medical equipment, nursing home/assisted living options, children's programs, and more.

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Depression in the Elderly (30 – 60 min.)
Staci Smock, LMSW, Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Program

Did you know that 6 million older adults suffer from depression, but only 10 percent seek treatment?

Depression is an internal "stress state." To an outsider, the symptoms observed seem to represent a form of either agitation or withdrawal. But inside, each depressed person experiences the condition differently.

The severity of symptoms varies with individuals and over time. Most individuals suffering from depression have persistent sad mood with other symptoms including poor appetite, poor sleep, feelings of guilt, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, and — at times — thoughts of wanting to die.

This presentation will cover topics such as depression signs and symptoms, causes and treatment options. There will also be a group discussion on depression's effects on the elderly.

To schedule this presentation for your staff, residents, clients or another group, please contact the Senior Adult Program.

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Drug-Free Workforce and Drug- and Alcohol-Free Workplace (1 – 3 hrs.)
Theresa Crubel, RN, Director, Occupational Health

Learn about the cost benefits of drug and alcohol testing for your business. A drug- and alcohol-free work environment reduces property damage, workplace violence, absenteeism, tardiness and argumentative/abusive employee behavior, while at the same time increasing employee morale.

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End-of-Life Issues (20 – 60 min.)
Nancy Knopp, MS, LMSW, Director, Case Management

A discussion of treatment decisions, community resources, and ways to discuss these tough situations with loved ones.

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End-of-Life Issues (15 – 60 min.)
Kathy Bulk, RN, BS, OCN, Oncology Nurse Clinician

A discussion of common issues affecting people with a life-threatening illness, such as symptom management and psychosocial needs of both the patient and family members. Topics include care settings, pain management, depression and anxiety, physical care for comfort, emotional needs and being a part of the healthcare team.

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First Aid for Children Today (F.A.C.T.) (60 min.)
Julie Miller, Supervisor, Department of Emergency Services

A health and safety program specifically for children from kindergarten through third grade, F.A.C.T. teaches kids to prevent and respond to injuries, make smart choices for their health and safety, and identify behaviors that might result in illness or injury. Children are taught to develop health and safety habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

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Grief and Loss (30 – 60 min.)
Staci Smock, LMSW, Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Program

Grief describes the emotions and sensations accompanying the loss of someone or something dear. Grief can weigh down the person who must face the reality of a difficult loss, taking both a mental and physical toll. Complex physiological and psychological responses may be extremely painful but can be overcome if faced and experienced.

There are many types of losses, such as loss of a loved one, a pet, physical functioning and home. Identifying the stages or feelings of the loss, sharing with others, and knowing others have experienced some of these same feelings can help individuals understand their own personal journeys through grief and feel supported in the process.

Topics include the definition, causes and stages of grief and loss. There will also be a group discussion on ways to assist clients or residents with their grief.

To schedule this presentation for your staff, residents, clients or another group, please contact the
Senior Adult Program.

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Gun Safety: It's No Accident (60 min.)
Julie Miller, Supervisor, Department of Emergency Services

Everyone from children to teens to adults can benefit from learning about gun safety. This presentation informs audiences about gun safety and storage in an effort to prevent avoidable injuries and deaths.

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Health Care in America (10 – 60 min.)
President/CEO, Mercy Regional Health Center

The latest healthcare trend information and discussion on how these trends affect you on a personal level. Includes a candid discussion about the challenges for hospitals to keep doors open as they balance rapidly growing demands for healthcare services with growing costs, the declining number of healthcare providers, and decreases in reimbursements.

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Healthy You! Fitness and Exercise (30 – 60 min.)
Barbie Anderson

Presentation will include exercise principles, guidelines for establishing an exercise program, and tips for staying motivated. Includes a demonstration of new exercise equipment and tips for purchasing home equipment. Options for exercise in Manhattan will be covered.

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Low Back Pain Prevention (15 – 30 min.)
Brian Howells, PT, MS, Physical Therapist, Mercy West Rehabilitation
Luke Henry, PT, MS, Physical Therapist, Mercy West Rehabilitation

Learn about management of low back pain. Postural correction, flexibility, and strengthening exercises will be highlighted. A simple preventative exercise program will be demonstrated.

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Managing Stress (30 – 60 min.)
Staci Smock, LMSW, Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Program

Stress is any change people experience — positive or negative — that deviates from their expectations. Stress can be handled in healthy or unhealthy ways. Learning to manage stress must be a component of any healthy lifestyle. One way to deal with stress is to avoid the event or thing that leads to your stress - but often that is not possible. A second way, and often the best way, is to change how you react to stress.

This presentation will include the definition and causes of stress, tips for managing stress at home and work, and ways to decrease stress by living a healthier lifestyle.

To schedule this presentation for your staff, residents, clients or another group, please contact the Senior Adult Program.

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Occupational Health
Theresa Crubel, RN, Director, Occupational Health

The Occupational Health team at Mercy Regional offers presentations on topics related to keeping your employees healthy - including the flu, safety awareness, blood pressure, and diet and exercise. If you would like someone to speak to your group about an occupational health topic, please contact
Occupational Health.

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Organ/Tissue Donation (20 – 60 min.)
Nancy Knopp, MS, LMSW, Director, Case Management

"I've signed my driver's license...What else is there to do?" Learn what it takes to be a donor and what donation can do for others.

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Pain Management for Adults (15 – 60 min.)
Kathy Bulk, RN, BS, OCN, Oncology Nurse Clinician

Discussion about pain, options for pain medicine, and non-drug methods of dealing with pain. Covers common concerns about dependence and addiction.

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Rehabilitation Services Department (30 – 40 min.)
Mercy West Rehabilitation Department

This presentation educates office workers how to fit their workstation to their stature and task needs, while also touching on the topic of cumulative trauma and the workplace. Discussion topics include proper positioning of the body during various work tasks, how to achieve these postures through proper workstation arrangement, and use of ergonomic equipment. Examples of ergonomic equipment are provided for demonstration.

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Sexual Assualt Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE/SART) (30 - 60 min.)
Amanda Nall, RN, Emergency Services 

SANE/SART is a community-based coordinated response to child and adult victims of sexual assualt. This discussion offers explanation of this program to provide a multidisciplinary response to victims of sexual assualt and promotion of safety, dignity, and compassion.

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Stand Strong for Life: Falls Prevention (60 min.)
Julie Miller, Supervisor, Department of Emergency Services

According to the Emergency Nurses Association Injury Prevention Institute, approximately 1.8 million individuals ages 65 and older visit emergency departments each year due to injuries from falling. Learn how to minimize falls and related injuries among older adults. This presentation is suitable for elderly adults, as well as healthcare professionals and educators.

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Stroke
Primary Stroke Center

Education is the key to preventing stroke. The Primary Stroke Center at Mercy Regional speaks to all kinds of groups about stroke prevention and warning signs. If you would like someone to speak to your group about stroke, please contact the
Primary Stroke Center.

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Why Group Therapy Works (30 – 60 min.)
Staci Smock, LMSW, Program Coordinator, Senior Adult Program

In group therapy, a small number of people meet with a therapist and talk about their concerns. Through actively participating in the group process, members become more aware of themselves, identifying thoughts and feelings in a variety of interactions with different people.

Group therapy also provides a safe forum to discover how individual members experience one another and whether their reactions match their expectations. This process creates the opportunity to replace learned behaviors of social interaction with new, adaptive ways of dealing with other people. These new behaviors can then be used outside the group to help members deal more effectively with conflict resolution and to improve personal relationships.

This presentation will include a discussion about the benefits of group therapy, who makes a good candidate for this treatment option, and resources available.

To schedule this presentation for your staff, residents, clients or another group, please contact the
Senior Adult Program.

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Workplace Wellness (30 – 60 min.)
Barbie Anderson, RN, BSN, MS, Director, Fitness & Wellness

Keeping your employees healthy and happy at work contributes to their productivity and your bottom line. Addressing psychosocial issues, chronic medical illness, drug/alcohol problems and much more, learn how Mercy's Corporate Wellness program can assist you in reducing employee absenteeism and increasing productivity.

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