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Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society
Affiliate of the American Geriatric Society

The Board of Directors dedicates this historical abstract of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society to our founder, Charles H. Ewing, M.D., for his vision, dedication, and years of service to permitting older individuals to live their lives to the end of life.
History
The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society had its inception as an expanded activity of the Committee on Geriatrics of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Charles H. Ewing, MD, who is a Fellow of the College and active in the American Geriatrics Society, discussed with the American Geriatric Society (AGS) the development of a local affiliate. The concept took shape with discussions in the Philadelphia area on September 12, 1989 at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. A preliminary educational meeting on November 8, 1989, also at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, followed this. The initial formal Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (initially, the Delaware Valley Geriatrics Society meeting took place on March 7, 1990 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Under Dr. Ewing's leadership, the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society (EPGS) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. An initial constitution and bylaws were developed, officers elected, and an application made to the American Geriatrics Society. The Society began as the Delaware Valley Geriatrics Society and expanded its name to the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society on April 7, 2005. This change provided a better geographic description of the Society and enhanced cooperation with the western part of Pennsylvania. The EPGS was approved and became the ninth affiliate of AGS in 1991. With the approval of the affiliate the Section on Geriatrics transferred all of its activity to EPGS, as the primary professional geriatrics organization in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. At that time, the EPGS, also included southern New Jersey and northern Delaware, and embraced the Geriatric Education Centers in the Philadelphia area at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, developed a strong relationship with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and state and local agencies concerned with the lives and care of older patients.
    The EPGS dedicated itself to bettering the care and quality of life of the elderly. The initial Board consisted of twenty professionals who represented a variety of professional disciplines. Membership was open to all individuals associated with legitimate and respected disciplines who were involved with the provision of quality care and well being to the elderly. The EPGS was the first affiliate to recognize the need for interdisciplinary participation and that the management of care for our older patients required an integrated team approach.

The purposes of the EPGS as outlined in the corporate bylaws were and are:
  1. To promote and maintain the high standards of healthcare for the elderly.
  2. To assist in the education of other healthcare personnel in issues of particular concern regarding the elderly.
  3. To foster professional and public awareness concerning issues in Geriatric Medicine.
  4. To encourage and promote research in the broad fields of geriatrics and gerontology.
  5. To serve as a forum for the discussion of issues pertaining to geriatric medicine by concerned health professionals.
  6. To act as a resource to professional and lay organizations, government agencies, and community programs in the areas of care to the elderly.
  7. To foster the above objectives in cooperation with the American Geriatrics Society and coordinate activities with other professional societies and interested groups regarding issues in geriatrics.
The initial goals of the EPGS were to serve three main areas including the following.
  1. Public Policy. Serving as an instigator or supporter of initiatives aimed at assuring that the best interests of the elderly are served. Functioning as an information source regarding the appropriateness of current policies relating to gerontology and geriatrics.
  2. Education. By providing periodic educational programs in the various disciplines of geriatric care for members of EPGS, their guests, and the public at large, as the need arises.
  3. Public Relations. By providing a newsletter and other information for members, keeping them abreast of activities of the EPGS and new developments in geriatrics.

Mission Statement
The current Mission Statement is as follows:
  • The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society is dedicated to the goal of advancing high standards of clinical care and quality of life for older individuals.
  • EPGS is a resource for interaction among interdisciplinary groups involved in geriatrics/gerontology and represents a professional network in the tri-state Delaware Valley region encompassing Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware.

Objectives
The current EPGS objectives are as follows:
  • Transmit information and enhance education regarding health care of the elderly to students, physicians, other health care professionals, and the public,
  • Facilitate increased awareness and dialogue regarding geriatric social and public policy concerns within the region,
  • Encourage collaboration between public and private sectors impacting the quality of life of older individuals, and
  • Provide a forum for identifying mutual interests in program development which best represents the needs of an expanding older adult population.
Over the years, those individuals who have served as Presidents of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society are as follows:
1990-1992 Charles H. Ewing, MD
1992-1994 Kevin, J. Ennis, MD
1994-1996 Jerry C. Johnson, MD
1996-1997 Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO
1997-1998 Evelyn P. [Evi] Mahairas, PhD, LCSW
1998-1999 Todd Goldberg, MD. CMD
1999-2000 Arthur E. Helfand, DPM
2000-2001 Grace E. Wert, RN, MSN
2001-2002 Christine Peterson, CRNP, RN
2002-2003 Alan P. Berg, PhD, MD
2003-2004 Julian Katz, MD
2004-2005 Jean S. MacFadyen, PhD, RN
2005-2006 Ilene Warner-Maron, PhD. RNC,
                  CWCN, MA, MLSP, CALA, NHA
2006-2007 Barry Fabius, MD
2007-2008 Gregory Busch, DO, MS
2008-2009 Lesley Carson, MD
2009-2010 Loretta Dahlen, JD, MSN, RN
2010-2011 William Zirker, MD
2011-2014 Andrew Rosenzweig, MD
2014-2017 David Hoffman, JD, FCPP

Those individuals who have served the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society as Members of the Board of Directors are as follows:
Christine Arenson, MD
Kathleen Ardekani
Barbara Bell, MD (Deceased)
Alan P. Berg, PhD, MD
Mark Bradley, MPH
Thomas Burd, NHA, MSA
Gregory Busch, DO, MS
Lesley Carson, MD
Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO
Anita Chopra, MD
Susan Cohen, CSW, CALA
Drn Coller, MD
Veronica Comfort, RN, MSN
Amy Corcoran, MD
Sandra G. Crandall, CNRP
Loretta Dahlen, JD, MSN, RN
Louis C. DeMaria, Jr., MD
Susan Denman, MD
Judy Dorshimer, BSN, RN
Carolyn Draftz, OTR/L, MBA
Jerry Driscoll, MSN, CRNPGNP
Brian Duke, MHA,MBE
Katherine Egan, PhD
Kevin J. Ennis, MD
Charles H. Ewing, MD (Deceased)
Barry Fabius, MD
Albert J. Finestone, MD
Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO
Eileen C Goldberg, RN, CS
Todd H. Goldberg, MD, CMD
Michael E. Goldis, DO, RPh
Patricia Grace, RN
Daniel Haimowitz, MD
Robert B. Hanes, MD, PhD
    (Deceased)
Grace Harrison, NHA
William A. Hatfield, MD
Arthur E. Helfand, DPM
David Hoffman, JD
Thomas Jones, MD
Jerry C. Johnson, MD
Patricia Johnston Corrigan, MSN, CRNP
Julian Katz, MD
Patrick Kenny, Ed.D, RN, ACRN,
    NE-BC
James Knittweis
Albert Kroser, DO
Gordon Kutler
Jean Lagenbach, RN, BS
Jean S. MacFadyen, PhD, RN
Mike Madden, PT
Evelyn P. Mahairas, PhD, LCSW, DCSW, BCD
Cedric Maladosian, BA
Ilene Warner-Maron, PhD. RNC,
    CWCN, MA, MLSP, CALA, NHA
Judith Neale
James Nettleton, MD, PhD
Roberta Newton, PhD
Karen D. Novielli, MD
Valerie Palmieri
Susan Parks, MD
Christine Peterson, CRNP, RN
Sanford Pfeffer, JD
Sara Popkin, MSW, LSW
Joel Posner, MD
Stephanie Randazzo, MSS,
    MLSP, LSW
Ritajean Reed, MA
Megen C. Roberts, BSW
Andrew Rosenzweig, MD
Kathy Segrist, PhD
Bruce Silver, MD
Michael Srulevich, MD
Douglas Stafford, DO
Edward J. Strauss, DO
Deborah Summers, MS, PA-C
Nancy Tatem, MSN (Deceased)
Ann van Sant, PhD
Edna Schwabe, MD
Ilene Warner-Maron, PhD, RN-BC,
    CWCN, CALA, NHA, FCPP Daniel Weintraub, MD
Grace E. Wert, CS, RN
Cynthia B Wishkovsky, MSSA, LSW
George M. Wohlreich, MD, FCPP
Meg Yetter-Pritchard, MSW
Delores N. Zander, RNC, BSN
William Zirker, MD

Those individuals who have represented EPGS as the American Geriatrics Society Council on State Affiliate Representatives (COSAR) include the following:
   Charles H. Ewing, MD
   Todd H. Goldberg, MD, CMD
   Arthur E. Helfand, DPM
   Thomas Jones, MD
   Christine Peterson, CRNP, RN
   Andrew Rosenzweig, MD    William Zirker, MD

The first EPGS Executive Director was Eileen C Goldberg, RN, CS; She served between 1997 until her retirement in 2004. A new Administrative Assistant, Barbara Weist, served during the period 2004-2005. Barbara Mark, MS, BA, was appointed Event Director, starting in 2005 and Jim Knittweis as the initial Webmaster. John Wilson was appointed to that position in 2007 and currently serves as Webmaster. Nancy Carpey, BA, became Director of Events in 2012.

The EPGS has published a Quarterly Newsletter. To date, the Society has had four editors, Todd Goldberg, MD, CMD, Ilene Warner-Maron, NHA, RN, David Schklar, and Christine Peterson, CRNP, RN.

The EPGS received the American Geriatrics Society Affiliate Award in 1999 during the Annual AGS Meeting in Philadelphia.

A Special Recognition Award was given to Evelyn P. [Evi] Mahairas, PhD, LCSW, DCSW, BCD, for "Outstanding Service on the Education Committee", by AGS dated May 2001, Chicago, Illinois.

Over the years, the educational program of the EPGS conducted four meetings per year in various locations including, conference centers, continuing life care communities, nursing homes, other institutions, restaurants, and hotels. The locations have been geographically distributed to permit maximum exposure to the community. A research night seminar has been conducted each year to expose those in training to EPGS and to permit those fellows and graduate students from all related health professions to present their research. Each participant is recognized and prizes awarded to the best research.

Some of the topics that have been included in the educational program structure include as examples, the following:
  • Non-Pharmacologic Management of Challenging Behaviors in
  • Dementia
  • AIDS and the Elderly
  • Aging and Diabetes Mellitus
  • Community Based Long-Term
  • Programs by the Secretary of Aging of Pennsylvania
    • Long-Term Care in Pennsylvania
    • Policies of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging
    • Community Services for the Aging in Pennsylvania
  • Management of Troublesome Behavior within OBRA Guidelines
  • Sexuality in the Senior Years
  • Diabetic Complications
  • Pain Management in the Elderly
  • Sleep Disorders in the Older Patient
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Parkinson's Diseases
  • Estrogen Therapy in the Older Patient
  • Clinical Implications of Managed Care
  • Managed Care and Welfare Reform
  • Cardiology in the Older Patient
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Dementia
  • Health Care Policy for Older Patients
  • Health Services for the Elderly
  • Health Care Reform
  • AGS Guide to Health Care for Older Patients
  • Hospice Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Falls in the Older Patient
  • Older Diabetic Foot Assessment
  • Environmental Adaptation for Older Patients
  • End of Life Care
  • Ethical Management of Older Patients
  • Internal Medicine
  • Aging in Pennsylvania
  • Long-Term Care – Choices/Funding
  • Patient Safety Issues
  • Ethics in the wake of the Terry Schiavo Case
  • Fraud From Both Sides of the Street
  • Medicare D: Where Do We Go From Here
  • Modifying the Environment for Successful Aging
  • The Role of Complementary Medicine in Managing the Healthcare of the Elderly
  • The Future of Funding for the Elderly
  • Preventing Rehospitalization in Elderly Patients
  • The Infectious Etiology of Dementia
  • The Pace Program and the Coordination with Medicare D
  • Ethical Issues Surrounding the Use of Antibiotics in a Long-Term Care Facility
  • Hospice Care: The New Frontier for Compliance & Enforcement
  • The Future of Aging in Pennsylvania
  • Cognitive & Biological Markers of Dementia
  • Improving Fall Outcomes Using Business Analytical Tools
  • Aging and Our Future – Keynote Address
  • Hoarding in the Elderly – A Threat to Aging in Place
  • Elder Abuse and Fraud
  • Aging in Pennsylvania
  • Aging in the City of Philadelphia
  • Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia
  • Aging with Dignity-Working with LGBT Older Adults
  • Avoiding Federal Prosecution Through Effective Compliance
  • Is Alzheimer's Disease Preventable? Scientific Updates on Medications in Clinical Trials
A series of special awards were developed to recognize individuals in two selected areas, Nursing and Other Health Care Professionals, for their efforts in geriatrics. The Nancy Tatem, RN Memorial Award was developed by the Board to honor the memory of Ms. Tatem. The Award recognized individuals from the Nursing field who demonstrated special contributions to the area of geriatric nursing. The Barbara Bell, MD Award was developed by the Board to honor the memory of Dr. Bell. The award recognized individuals from other professions who have significantly contributed to geriatric care and education.

The recipients of the Nancy Tatem, RN Memorial Award are as follows:
  • Deanna Gray-Micele, CS, RN
  • Christine Bradway, PhD, CRNP, RN
  • Eileen C Goldberg, CS, RN
  • Judy Dorshimer, BSN, RN
  • Ilene Warner-Maron, NHA, RN
  • Christine Peterson, CNRP, RN
  • Veronica Comfort, MSN, RN
  • Grace Wert, RN, MSN
  • Jean Yudin, MSN, RN, CS
  • Donna Nahass, CRNP
  • Patricia Johnston, MSN, CRNP
  • Mary Ann Haggerty, CRNP
  • Kathleen Hill O'Neill, RN
  • Alexandra Wells, RN
  • Johanne Louis, MSN, CRNP
  • Janice Fey, CRNP
  • Barbara Reall, MBA, MSN, CRNP
  • Teresa R. Clark, BSN, RN-BC
  • Dequilla Hurt, MSN, CRNP
The recipients of the Barbara Bell, MD Memorial Award are as follows:
  • Charles H. Ewing, MD
  • Todd Goldberg, MD
  • Arthur E. Helfand, DPM
  • Daniel Haimowitz, MD
  • Mary Ann Forcia, MD
  • Katherine Galluzzi, DO
  • Alan Berg, MD, PhD
  • Albert J. Finestone, MD
  • Richard Stefanacci, DO
  • Bruce Kinosian, MD
  • David Galinsky, MD
  • Susan Ball, MD
  • Peter G. Stein, MD
  • Deborah Kahn, MD
  • Philip C. Taylor, MD
  • George M. Wohlreich, MD, FCPP
  • Joel E. Streim, MD
In 2012, the Board established the Grace W. Harrison Award for Nursing Home Administration. The Award has been presented to:
  • 2012 - Gordon E. Kutler
  • 2013 - James W. Shepard, MD
  • 2014 - Paul Nordeman, MHA, NHA
  • 2015 - Joseph Townsend, NHA
  • 2016 - David Hoffman, JD, FCPP

In 2001, the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society presented a Special Recognition Award to Jerry C. Johnson, MD, on his assuming the Presidency of the American Geriatrics Society for his contributions to the field of aging, for his leadership, and for his role as an outstanding educator in the field of geriatric medicine.

The Board also established a special award to recognize individuals from the community at large for their contributions to improving the lives of older citizens. In 2002, the First President's Award was presented to Gene Crane for his distinguished community services for the aging. Mr. Crane had been with NBC in Philadelphia for many years and provided much information on aging to a large radio and television audience in the Delaware Valley, prior to his retirement.

The second President's Award (2005) was presented to Willow Cary of Channel 12, WHYY, public television station for her outstanding contributions to aging in public television. Ms. Cary has also been active as a Member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

The third President's Award (2006) was presented to Allen Glicksman, PhD of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging for his outstanding contributions to research and the future needs of older citizens in Philadelphia.

The fourth President's Award (2007) was presented to Daniel Haimowitz, MD, CMD, Past President of the Pennsylvania Medical Director's Association for his leadership in improving the care provided to patients in long-term care facilities.

The fifth President's Award (2008) was presented to Nora Dowd Eisenhower, JD, former Secretary of Aging, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Aging, former Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Retired Person, and former activities with the Center for the Rights and Interests of Older People and US Justice Department.

The sixth President's Award (2009) was presented to Laura Gitlin, PhD of Thomas Jefferson University for her leadership in Research in the fields of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

The seventh President's Award (2010) was presented to Suzanne Roberts for her significant contributions to Aging in the Philadelphia and surrounding communities.

The eighth President's Award (2011) was presented to Kenneth C. Rosenberg, MD for his dedication to ethical care of older patients and his advocacy to older persons.

Charles H. Ewing, MD Memorial Presidential Award was established in 2007 to recognize special activities in the field of geriatrics. The first Award was presented to Daniel Haimowitz, MD (Geriatric Internist). This Award was presented to Thomas E. Lawrence, MD in 2012.

A Distinguished Service Award was presented to Arthur E. Helfand, DPM in 2012 for his twenty years of service as a Founder, Board Member, Past President and Historian for EPGS on his retirement.

The Charles H. Ewing Presidential Award was developed by the Board upon Dr. Ewing's retirement to recognize the past Presidents of the EPGS, starting in 2000. The Award has been presented to:
  • 2000 - Arthur E. Helfand, DPM
  • 2001 - Grace E. Wert, CD, RN
  • 2002 - Christine Peterson, CRNP, RN
  • 2003 - Alan P. Berg, MD, PhD
  • 2004 - Julian Katz, MD
  • 2005 - Jean S. MacFadyen, RN, PhD
  • 2006 - Ilene Warner-Maron, RNC, MA, MLSP
  • 2007 - Barry Fabius, MD
  • 2008 - Gregory Busch, DO, MS
  • 2009 - Lesley Carson, MD
  • 2010 - Loretta Dahlen, JD, MSN, RN
  • 2011 - William Zirker, MD
  • 2013 - Susan M. Parks, MD
  • 2014 - Robert I. Field, PhD, MPH, JD
  • 2015 - Diane A. Menio, MS
  • 2016 - Terri Clark, MPH
The EPGS Board has also presented a special recognition to those long standing Members of the Board of Directors, upon their retirement from the Board, for their contributions and years of service to EPGS and their recognition as leaders in the field of geriatrics. The individuals so recognized included the following:
  • Kevin J. Ennis, MD
  • Albert J. Finestone, MD
  • Charles H. Ewing, MD
  • Robert B. Haines, MD, PhD.
  • William A. Hatfield, MD
  • Arthur E. Helfand, DPM
  • Todd H. Goldberg, MD
  • Ilene Warner-Maron, PhD. RNC,CWCN, MA, MLSP, CALA, NHA
  • Evelyn P. Mahairas, PhD, LCSW, DCSW, BCD
The initial meeting to form the EPGS took place on March 7, 1990. Those individuals who were present at the initial March 7, 1990 meeting of the EPGS include the following:

President Dr. Charles H. Ewing
Secretary Dr. Jerry C. Johnson

Individuals Present
Aiello
Bell
Berkenstock
Bernett
Cogan
Crandall
Dorshimer
Ewing
Goldberg, T
Haimowitz
Hanes
Hatfield
Helfand
Johnson, J
Katz, J
Mahairas
Meade
Mishriki
Moyer, I
Moyer, P
Rodrique
Salerno
Stafford
Satinsky
Thompson

In June 2000, the EPGS held its initial Board retreat with participation of the American Geriatrics Society. The initial Long-Range Strategic Plan was as follows:

GOAL 1: Recognition
  1. The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society will advance the recognition of geriatric education as central to the quality of geriatric care.
  2. Increased recognition of health care professionals involved in the care of the older patient.
    - Promote the EPGS as the primary professional resource and organization in our geographic region.
  3. Increased recognition of the need for specialized geriatric care specialists and education by policy makers.
    - Conduct a target campaign to promote this concept.
  4. Increased recognition of the interdisciplinary team approach to geriatric education and care.
    - Utilize the American Geriatric Society to promote team management and interdisciplinary education.
  5. Define the identity of those involved in the special care of the older patient.
  6. Develop a public relations effort with a clear message that defines the care needs of the older patient.
  7. Permit the EPGS to serve as the benchmark for professional education
GOAL 2: Education
  1. Increase the standards of geriatric care.
    - Translate and disseminate new information from the field to the geriatric community.
  2. Increase the competence of health care professionals in the field of geriatric care from an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary viewpoint.
    - Conduct continuing educational programs.
    - Increase access to educational opportunities.
    - Recognize the credentials of EPGS Members.
  3. Broadened involvement, influence, and impact of geriatric management.
    - Develop educational programs that address current and future issues at all levels of patient care.
    - Partner with and other facilities to develop advanced interdisciplinary curricula in chronic disease prevention and management.
GOAL 3: Advocacy
  1. Establish the EPGS as the primary advocacy source for quality of care and ethical issues.
    - Broaden the educational activities of the EPGS
  2. Expand the consulting role of the EPGS with health policy makers.
    - Establish a consulting list of EPGS Members for circulation to health insurance carriers and policy health care agencies.
    - Establish consulting teams to recommend concepts of quality care issues.
    - Foster a public awareness of the EPGS, its members, and activities.
GOAL 4: Organizational Excellence
  1. Establish an efficient and effective information and communication structure.
    - Evaluate our current structure, internally and externally.
    - Implement recommendations to strengthen the EPGS.
  2. Expand the membership and leadership base.
    - Identify potential leadership sources and develop methods to incorporate new leadership into the structure of EPGS.
  3. Increase external partnerships.
    - Present key issues to organizations, educational institutions, hospitals, and other agencies to enhance partnering EPGS initiatives.
  4. Enhance the value of EPGS membership.
    - Build EPGS specialty recognition.
    - Strengthen the educational base and programs.
    - Promote Board, Committee, and leadership potential.
    - Recognize EPGS and its parent AGS, as the leading policy and quality care organization in the clinical geriatric field for our region.

The Second Board Retreat took place on July 2002. The focus of this meeting was organizational dynamics with a look at re-organizing the Society to better meet the needs of the membership and the changing healthcare delivery system.

Issues identified during this second retreat included a review of the Mission state statement as follows:

A. MISSION - THE "WHAT" OF THE ORGANIZATION.
Objectives
  1. To conduct interdisciplinary educational programs.
  2. To create a community of collaboration and understanding among members.
  3. To facilitate an awareness of aging issues in the health care community.
  4. To provide a forum for an ongoing dialogue with age-related organizations and for members.
  5. To provide a link to the American Geriatrics Society and expand cooperation between both organizations as indicated,
  6. To be the area resource for geriatric expertise.
  7. To also consider methods to bring individuals together with the following goals: to learn from each other and develop a sense of community; to involve all those who deal with the care of the elderly; to continue to serve as an umbrella organization and regional resource of geriatric expertise; and provide an educational forum for discussion.
B. RESOURCES OF THE ORGANIZATION.
  1. The Board
  2. Committees
  3. Membership
  4. Staff: - Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, or Events Director
  5. The Geriatric Community
  6. Newsletter
  7. Membership
  8. Financial Resources
  9. Indirect Resources
  10. Other Organizations
C. STRATEGIC CONCEPTS - Current Activities
  1. Formal meetings
  2. Membership meetings
  3. Board meetings
  4. Financial Resources - Dues, Programs, Seminars, Sponsors, Grants and Contributions
  5. Newsletters
D. STRATEGIC CONCEPTS - Future activity considerations
  1. Improve communications
  2. Establish and continually republish calendar of all events well in advance.
  3. More informative membership directory (work on this has started).
  4. Encourage and facilitate member-member and member-board communications.
  5. Broaden member participation
  6. Develop a communication committee
  7. Phone conferences
  8. Electronic Communications
  9. Augmenting Dollar resources
  10. Develop leadership and expand the Board
  11. Restructure the Board through expanded committee functions
  12. Partner with other groups and agencies
  13. Restructure staff support
  14. Consider program and educational modification
  15. Publicize future events
  16. Expand the Education Committee
  17. Develop closer ties with community organizations and agencies on aging
The Third Board Retreat took place on March 15, 2009. The focus of this meeting was organizational and to focus on the future needs of the Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Delaware Valley Geriatrics Society, with particular reference to the needs of the membership and the changing healthcare delivery system. Issues identified during this third retreat included a review of the Mission statement and the following:

Who Are We?
  • Review Mission Statement and Objectives
What Are We Doing?
  • Bylaws-Term of Officers
  • Strategic Plan
    • Specific Advocacy Goals for 3-5 years
    • Specific Educational Roles
    • Specific Policy Goals
Where Are We Going?
  • Ways to Achieve Goals
    • Membership
      • Groups to target
      • Diversity issue-long term care community
      • Liaisons with other organizations
      • Corporate Memberships
      • Benefits of Membership
    • Committees
      • Identify Specific Committees
      • Identify Committee Roles
    • Marketing
      • Website
        • Interactive Website with links
        • Consumer Links
        • Ask the Expert
    • Education Programs
      • Frequency
      • Type
      • CMES & other Educational Credit
      • Participation in affiliate events
      • Outreach
    • Political Activity
      • PAMDA

There were some special acknowledgements that should be identified. The first, is the major gift provided to EPGS by Charles H. Ewing, MD. The second was the effort to host a COSAR Representative Meeting and Luncheon during the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society under the direction of Christine Peterson, RN, CRNP. And finally, there is a need to recognize the significant contribution of Morton J. Simon, Jr., Esq. and Howard M. Soloman, Esq. for their willingness to provide pro bono legal service to EPGS.

ARTHUR E. HELFAND, DPM
Past President

Revised 12/22/2014
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