Digestive Disease Nursing Symposium

Observation Opportunity Available

A limited number of opportunities are available for this conference.


Sessions will address:

  • A day of clinical education addressing a variety of patient and personal care topics as it relates to the digestive disease caregiver.
  • Concurrent sessions will address what to expect when caring for specialized patient populations and provide attendees with methods to use in the workplace.
  • The health of our caregivers is equally as important, so this year we will discuss how to deal with stress from home, work and yourself.
  • The goal of the conference is to enhance the knowledge of caregivers about these topics so they are better equipped to care for themselves as well as the global community that digestive disease serves.


  • September 18, 2015


InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106Directions



InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue

InterContinental Hotel Suites
8800 Euclid Avenue

The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland Doubletree by Hilton
10660 Carnegie Avenue

Faculty, Agenda & Accreditation


Course Director

Susan Beam, MBA, BSN, RN
Nursing Director for the Digestive Disease Institute

Planning Committee

  • Lydia Booher, MSN, RN, ACNS
  • JeanMarie Campana, BSN, RN
  • Beth Christoff, BSN, MBA
  • Sheila Fansler, BSN, RN
  • Maria Masina, RN
  • Mallory McMaster, BA
  • Samantha Miller
  • Shannon Rives, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
  • Kitty Ribar, RN
  • Ronald Rock, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Friday, September 18, 2015 Conference Agenda
7 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast - Exhibits, Art Display
7:45 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Susan Beam, MBA, BSN, RN
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Take a Big Bite of Well-Being
Speaker: Scott Bea, Psy D
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. “What Makes Their World Go Round: Cultural Considerations”
Speaker: Shannon Rives , MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Break - Exhibits, Art Display
10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. "When Bites are Not Enough"
Facilitator: Jean Marie Campana, BSN, RN
Speaker: Mary Pat Morris, RD, LD
10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Breast Cancer/Genetics
Facilitator: Kitty Ribar, RN
Speaker: Holly Pederson, MD
11:35 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Going Home on TPN, Now What?
Facilitator: Jeanmarie Campana, BSN, RN
Panel: Donald Kirby, MD FACP, FACN, FACG, AGAF, CNSC, CPNS; Betsy Gallant; Lori Jeris CNP;
Denise Konrad; Betty Napoleon; Pamela Brelloch
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. "Seeing the Ostomate Through the Os"
Facilitator: Sheila Fansler / Ron Rock
Speakers: William Wick; Althea Premraj, BSN, CWOCN; Coleet Potts, BSN, CWOCN;
Jessica Lawson, BSN, COCN, CCCN
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Break - Exhibits, Art Display
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
What to Do When You are Feeling Blue
Speakers: Lydia Booher, RN and Kevin Peterca, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, CEAP
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Fecal Transplant
Facilitator: Kitty Ribar, RN
Speakers: Margaret Dziedzic, RN and Paula Frazier, RN
4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Growing Pains
Facilitator: Beth Christoff, BSN, MBA
Speakers: Marsh Kay, MD; Kathy Raig RN BSN; Megan Costedio, MD; Barbra Kaplan, MD;
and Jessica Philpott, MD
5 p.m.

Cleveland Clinic Enterprise is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Preregistrations are accepted by online until 9 a.m. ET on September 11, 2015.
To register after this date, please do so onsite. 

In case of cancellation, a full refund will be made if canceled by September 1, 2015.
After September 1st, 2015, a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund.
Written notification of your cancellation is required in order to process your refund.
NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER September 18th, 2015. 

For questions about registering online, call 216.444.0295 or email ddicme@ccf.org.

Conference Fees Early Bird Rate
(Before 8/14)
(After 8/14)
Student $50 $100
CCHS Caregiver
$75 $125
General Registrant
$100 $150

Exhibitor Package – Standard $750.00 Click here to reserve your exhibit space

  • One day of exhibit space
  • One 6' Table, chair, linen and skirting
  • Two Exhibitor badges (provides admission to education program)
  • Additional exhibitor badges available at $50 each.
    • Exhibitor badges do not include registration to the course
  • Additional Exhibitor Fees (standard electric, power strip, easel) waived
  • Meals provided (available with Exhibitor Badge)
  • Exhibit Location: Allocated
  • Attendee Roster and statistics

Additional marketing opportunities available. For more information, please contact Samantha Miller, millers15@ccf.org or 216.444.0295

General Information

Cleveland Clinic's Stanley Shalom Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence
Office of Nursing Education & Professional Practice Development

Conference Location

Intercontinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH, 44106
United States

Contact Information

Samantha Miller
Phone: 216.444.0295
Email: millers15@ccf.org