Leadership Academy

February 16, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rosen Centre - Meeting Room: Salon 1
9840 International Dr
Orlando , FL 32819
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The goal of the FSHRMPS Leadership Academy is to provide a framework for understanding and practicing leadership, while highlighting fundamental skills needed to lead risk management and or patient safety initiatives in today’s complex healthcare system. Participants receive practical strategies for strengthening leadership and collaboration skills.

Upon completion of the Leadership Academy participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the Difference Between Management and Leadership
  • Identify Leadership Qualities for Risk or Patient Safety Leaders
  • Describe Strategies for Promoting Collaboration with Internal Departments & Outside Stakeholders
  • Analyze the Role of Leadership in Developing a Safety Culture
  • Apply Leadership Theory Through an Action Learning Project


Program Agenda 2-16-19 

8:30 – 9: Continental Breakfast & Sign in

9-10:  Management vs Leadership

10- 11: Key Leadership Qualities for Risk or Patient Safety Leaders

11-12: How to be Recognized as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Patient Safety Culture

12- 1 PM: Working Lunch: Facilitated Small Group Discussions 

1-2: Collaborating with Internal Departments & Outside Stakeholders

2-3 Speaking and Reporting to the Senior Team, Medical Executive Committee, and Board

3-4: Discussion of Potential Projects:


Leadership Academy Faculty

Joshua Montemayor is the Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Transformation at Orlando Health. Josh comes with a great deal of experience in healthcare, both as a clinician and an executive.  Josh became a Certified Professional in Patient Safety over 4 years. After spending nearly 2 decades working as a respiratory therapist and a registered nurse, Josh transitioned into a risk management and patient safety roles. His career began as a respiratory therapist in 1996 at a small community hospital. Since that time, he has held a number of positions in respiratory care, invasive cardiology, CVICU, flight medicine, as well as nursing leadership roles in orthopedics, neurology and risk management.

William R. Scharf, M.D. is the Director of Patient Safety for AdventHealth since September 2018.  He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and received a medical degree from the University of lllinois in Chicago.  Dr.  Scharf received postdoctoral training in general surgery from the University of Illinois Hospital, Cook County Hospital, and the West Side Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Chicago.   He completed residency studies in general surgery at the Ohio State University. 

Denise Shope joined RCM&D in 2008 as a Risk Management Consultant. She brings 33 years of extensive healthcare experience, 25+ years of which she spent working in healthcare risk management handling risk management issues for tertiary care systems, physician groups, post acute care and enterprise-wide health care delivery systems. She is a nationally recognized healthcare enterprise risk management professional.

Candace Eden has worked in Quality, Risk and Patient Safety for the last 20 years in the State of Florida. In her 36+ year nursing career she has served in operations for new program development of a cardiac observation and post-cath unit, as the Risk and Quality Director for Kaiser Permanente and Nemours Children’s Hospital, as the Risk Manager for Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Services at Orlando Health, and in various leadership roles for cardiac and emergency care. She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Central Florida in 2015 and is a board certified nurse executive.

Melissa Lofton has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years.  Her primary area of practice was obstetrical nursing.  Ms. Lofton has also been a licensed attorney for 20 years where her practice was focused on medical malpractice defense for hospitals and physicians.  Her career shifted focus in 2002 when she transitioned to Risk Management, Patient Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance.  She is currently the Vice President of Quality & Patient Safety for an acute care general hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.     

Hotel Reservations

FSHRMPS has negotiated a special discounted room rate, no (self parking) fee and no resort fee for those participants who would like to stay at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

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CE Credit

This program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (CE Broker Trakcing # 20-689240) for the following CE Credits:

  • Medical Errors - 2
  • Legal Aspects of Nursig - 2
  • General - 3 


This meeting has been approved for a total of 7.0 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal. 


$75.00 Member Registration

$150.00 Non Member Registration