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General Sessions


Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 8:30–10 am


Opening Keynote Session

Endeavour to Succeed

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U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly

On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly faced the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords’ road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Captain Kelly, focus equals success—even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Captain Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions, and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication, and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. For Kelly, the foundation of true success is built by accomplishing the mission while maintaining love and devotion to family.


Friday, October 5, 2012 | 8–9:15 am


Founder’s Address

Holistic Approach to Healthcare Reform

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Paul Nathenson, ND RN CRRN HN-BC CTN

Increasingly, social and behavioral factors influence morbidity and mortality in the United States. Like other industrialized nations, the United States has undergone the epidemiological transition, changing the healthcare focus from infectious to chronic illness. Dr. Nathenson will address the relationship of lifestyle factors, obesity, and chronic illness in the United States in the context of the Determinants of Health model. Learn about the healthcare policy implications for these lifestyle factors, including both traditional and alternative approaches to behavior change and disease prevention.


Saturday, October 6 | Noon–1:15 pm


Closing General Session

Impossible Possibilities: From Lung Transplant to Lincoln Center

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Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

Don’t miss the inspirational story of the resilience and courage of American-born soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick. Follow her journey from a double lung transplant in 2009 to performing at Lincoln Center in New York after her recovery. Learn about the integral role of nurses in her recovery and experience a musical performance that will demonstrate her return to optimal performance.