2015 Conference

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Welcome to the 2015 NLN.ON Conference,

at the Westin Prince Hotel

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 Opening Keynote Speakers

 Regina HollidayRegina Holliday

 Regina Holliday is a Washington, DC-based patient advocate and artist known for painting a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. This advocacy mission was inspired by her husband Frederick Allen Holliday II and his struggle to get appropriate care during 11 weeks of continuous hospitalization in five facilities. After his death from kidney cancer on June 17, 2009, she began “73 Cents,” a mural depicting her husband dying in darkness surrounded by inaccessible technological tools in a closed data loop. The title refers to the cost per page for medical records in the state of Maryland.

Holliday’s artwork became part of the national healthcare debate and was reported on in the mainstream press, as well as reviewed by such journals as BMJ and APA. She began an advocacy movement called “The Walking Gallery,” for which medical providers and advocates wear “patient story” paintings on the backs of business suits. She authored The Walking Wall: 73 Cents to the Walking Gallery.

Backed by her own patient and caregiving experiences, Regina Holliday travels the globe heralding her message of patient empowerment and inclusion in healthcare decision making, and offering guidance on crowd funding in healthcare. She fearlessly stands before officials and practitioners demanding a thoughtful dialog on the role patients play in their own healthcare.

Friday Keynote Speaker

  Photo MarleneMarlene Smadu

Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, LLD (h.c.) is Vice-President of Quality and Transformation, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has practiced nursing in all domains (clinical, education, administration, research and policy) and in a variety of settings in Canada, Papua New Guinea, and Qatar.

Dr. Smadu is a board member for the International Council of Nurses and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and is member of the University of Regina senate.

Her research program includes patient safety and quality improvement, health human resource planning and development, Aboriginal health, health and nursing policy, and leadership

 Closing Keynote Speaker

 Leslee TLeslee J. Thompson

Starting out as a critical care nurse, Leslee has three decades of health care experience that span both public and private sectors. She was appointed to her current position as President & CEO Kingston General Hospital in February 2009. Over the past six years, Leslee has led a major transformation at KGH moving it from a hospital under government supervision, to a high performing academic centre that has received multiple awards and international recognition for its patient-centred achievements.

Prior to joining KGH, Leslee spent three years as Vice President Health System Strategies with Medtronic, a global medical technology company, where she had national and international responsibilities. During the period 1993 to 2005, Leslee held a variety of senior executive positions with big change leadership mandates. Specifically she was: Senior Operating Officer, Royal Alex Hospital during its transition into the Capital Health Authority; Vice Presdient/Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Western Hospital while integrating Doctors Hospital into UHN; Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Sunnybrook & Women’s Health Science Centre following an involuntary amalgamation; and then Vice President Cancer Care Ontario which involved leading the province wide integration of cancer services.

Leslee currently serves as Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement and Board member of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. Over the past year she also served as a member of the Ontario Health Innovation Council. Recent awards received include: Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2013), Diversity 50 Canada (2012), Women in Business Award (2012) and the Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour (2012) for helping to pioneer the Look Good Feel Better program in Canada.

Leslee earned Masters of Business Administration from Richard Ivey School of Business (1998), a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto (1987), and a Bachelor of Nursing Science from Queen’s University (1984). She is also a Certified Health Care Executive (CHE), Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) and Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. Leslee is frequently asked to teach and speak at conferences on topics of innovation, leadership and patient engagement.