The Conference was well attended and was well reviewed. Sue and Dennis Isernhagen honored us by attending as well. Sue was our keynote opening speaker, setting the pace for the conference by presenting on the past, present and future of work injury management.
Sandi Sorum, OTR/L presented impressive data from Sanford Health in Sioux Falls SD that showed their excellent outcomes using DSI’s Job Function Matching system.
Kathy Bray, Esq., an attorney back by popular demand, presented timely information on legal issues regarding the ADAA and the EEOC and current case law.
Jim Hughes, PT from the Mayo Clinic presented on Mayo’s intervention process with care of the injured worker including psychosocial aspects impacting return to work.
Frank Murray, MSPT discussed onsite therapy approaches at several industrial facilities that he contracts with, emphasizing the interventions that get results.
Curt DeWeese, PT from DSI Work Solutions and Beth Trouy, PT from St. Francis Hospital, presented an informative session on safe patient handling approaches in a hospital setting.
Carolyn Brierly, PT, Rehab Institute of Michigan, presented on the implementation process at Detroit Harper Hospital including the opportunities and challenges.
Ben Sanford shared a process on how to measure outcomes in an industrial rehab program.
Nancy Bellendorf, OT, presented her company’s industrial consultant model.
Scott Ege, PT and Curt DeWeese, PT gave us all an in-depth look at the practical application ergonomics.
Scott, Curt and Debbie Reed, PT presented information on onsite services including current thinking and challenges that need to be considered in the service arena.
All of our vendors took time to present their products during the conference and were a wealth of information during breaks. Thank you to Scott Ege -Ege WorkSmart Solutions, Russ Certo and Charlotte Booth- the Medically Oriented Gym, Wayne Fetman – JLW Instruments, Mark Blankenspoor-Take Shape For Life and Ryan Hammond- Creative Specialists International.
A major highlight was dinner on the Minneapolis Queen, greeting old friends and making new ones while floating down the Mississippi river at sunset.
The Conference was a great success thanks to the hard work of all the presenters, our vendors and a very interactive group of attendees. We hope to welcome all of you to the next one in 2018!