The Spirit of Ingenuity: Geriatric Panel on Texas Infection Control, COVID-19, and Long-Term Care

March 26, 2020, 1:00pm

This webinar was a great success! A big thank you to all of our panelists for participating. We appreciate you sharing your valuable knowledge, experience and resources with everyone.

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

The PowerPoint presentation shared by Texas Health and Human Services is here.

Speakers

SUMMER D. ALVAREZ, APRN, FNP-C, NP-C, CCM

Summer Alvarez graduated from Simmons University, MA with a Master of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner. She is board certified through ANCC and AANP as an FNP with notable skills in wound care and chronic illness management. As a nurse for over 20 years, with more than a decade of experience in long-term care settings, she has a strong history of gerontological leadership and innovation, with a focus on evidence-based quality care. In long-term care she has served not only among floor staff but also in nurse management positions including Director of Nurses, and she has been a regional consultant for many nursing homes and skilled facilities. As a certified case manager, she works to ensure proper care coordination. Her many years in home health, long-term acute care, and inpatient and primary care settings give her a broad understanding of the various aspects of patient care and the healthcare system.

SUSANA BAUMANN, MPH, CIC
Susana Baumann is a Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Epidemiologist for the Texas Department of State Health Services for Region 9/10. As an HAI Epidemiologist, she works with facilities to address issues of MDROs, outbreaks, antibiotic stewardship and reduction of device-associated infections. She has a special interest in environmental infection control, policies and risk management, long-term care facilities and collaboration and enhanced communication between local and state health departments and healthcare facilities.

MICHAEL FISCHER, M.D., MPH & TM
Michael Fischer has worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for over 8 years in the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit (EAIDU). In 2017, Dr. Fischer took role of Antibiotic Stewardship Expert within EAIDU’s Healthcare Safety Investigations Group. Prior to this, Dr. Fischer served as an epidemiologist and subject matter expert for prion diseases in Texas.
Additionally, Michael has also served as a medical epidemiologist, during outbreaks or involving high-consequence pathogens and events with elevated public concern; including the 2014 West Africa Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and travel-related Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV public health responses; providing consults to physicians, infection preventionists, and healthcare facilities on appropriateness of testing, test results, prevention and containment measures, and mechanisms of disease transmission.
As the Antibiotic Stewardship Expert, Dr. Fischer's primary role is to promote the implementation and enhancement of antibiotic stewardship programs to improve patient safety and quality of care across all spectrums of healthcare in Texas.

LIAM M. FRY, MD, FACP, CMD
Dr. Fry attended the UT at Austin for undergraduate school and received a BA in the Plan II Honors Program. She graduated from the UT Southwestern Medical School in 2002, followed by Internal Medicine Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, HI. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is the Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the University of Texas Dell Medical school.

TRACIE C. HARRISON, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN
Tracie Culp Harrison is a professor in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin where she studies aging and disability. She is also the Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long-term Care within the School where she works to ensure best care for the public health of seniors and people aging with disabilities.

JOHN M. LOPEZ, MMAS, MPH
John Lopez is a military veteran with over 15 years in healthcare management and the delivery of health systems. He currently serves as Director for the Emerging and Acute Infectious Diseases Unit at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He has a comprehensive background in community health programs, organizational development, and quality improvement in healthcare.

LISETTE K. OSBORNE, RN/BC, MSN, CHEP
Lisette Osborne is a public health and nursing executive with over 27 years public health administration / program management experience. She currently serves as the Manager of the Preparedness Branch in the Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response of the TX Department of State Health Services in which she oversees the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and Hospital Preparedness Program as well as the state Strategic National Stockpile/Cities Readiness Initiative programs, volunteer management, community outreach and the fiscal management/resource coordination team.

CAMILE ROSS, GNP-BC

Camile Ross is an experienced gerontological nurse practitioner. She began her career with an ADN from Austin Community College. Later she earned her BSN from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and her MSN as Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. With over two decades of experience, Camile has worked in long-term care, skilled nursing, emergency rooms, and assisted living facilities. She specializes in the care of people with dementia, with specific training in transitional and hospice care.