George Dassios - NGAB

Dear Healthcare Partners,

It is with great pride and pleasure that I post this message regarding The National Guldmann Advisory Board (NGAB).

The NGAB, serves to provide accomplished experts, within the realm of SPHM, a platform for expanding one’s professional network and overall knowledge base.

On behalf of Guldmann, Inc., I look forward to welcoming our members.

George Dassios M.B.A
Chief Commercial Officer, U.S.A

Dear NGAB Member

As we continue to plan the coordination for our 2022 NGAB event, the feedback from our members suggests that the dates of May 22-24 are not ideal. Although the interest in physically attending the NGAB event remains very strong, there have been several members who have expressed challenges related to ongoing travel restrictions due to Covid-19, local resource constraints, and pre-planned family obligations, common during this time of year.

As a result, Guldmann has elected to push the 2022 NGAB event back to the Fall period with a target date of October 16-18, 2022. This will provide our members more time to plan their schedules accordingly as well as allow for additional time to pass, as the world recovers from this Covid-19 pandemic.

We believe this decision will help preserve the NGAB’s high standards of effectiveness for all its participating members. A live representation that includes a robust and broad group of experts from leading healthcare institutions, remains a major priority for the NGAB.

On behalf of Guldmann Inc. I look forward to welcoming our members in the Fall of 2022, at the same La Fonda venue in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Kindest Regards
George Dassios MBA
Chief Commercial Officer


Our Purpose
The National Guldmann Advisory Board (NGAB) is a select group of healthcare safety experts, thought leaders and industry champions who come together to:

  • Share perspective and expertise on healthcare safety and industry trends
  • Provide professional insight into issues and ideas raised by Guldmann Inc. and peer NGAB members
  • Inform and support initiatives and a strategic direction that lead to quality enhancements for mobility-impaired populations
  • Explore and encourage best practices and new business opportunities for improving Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM)

NGAB serves to preserve and enhance the Guldmann legacy of introducing technology that is well ahead of the curve and all industry standards. NGAB also provides a platform for networking and offers opportunities to increase member knowledge and advance professional development.

Our Mission
Enhance Guldmann Inc. positioning as a distinguished and premier provider in the Safe Patient Handling Mobility space known for delivering innovative healthcare facility solutions that free caregivers to devote the most possible "Time to Care".

Time to Care Retreat Highlights

  • Interactive conversations for leading the way to powerful cultural change
  • Sharing best practices regarding latest healthcare trends and Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM)
  • SPHM management strategies for an evolving cultural environment
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Invaluable industry networking
  • Post-retreat documentation for bringing our work together to your facility and your team

"Inspiration! What you get when you bring together smart people in a uniquely relaxing setting."
- Tapani Kikani

"The event overall was incredible.
I must say that I was able to develop a better understanding of this idea of “change” and how other systems also struggle with similar challenges as it relates to SPH."

- Nelson Reyes

"(...) It was plainly obvious that the combination of prep material, speaker and colleague interactions benefited all those that attended (...)"
- Curtis Chow

 "It was a great opportunity to meet the Guldmann team. I loved the opportunity to network with peers from across the country and share mutual challenges."
- Patty Kelly

"My experience was personally and professionally rewarding.
The opportunity to come together with a group of SPHM professionals from across the United States to learn from one another and collaborate is refreshing and re-energizing."

- Tricia Jaworski

"My experience at the NGAB retreat in New York was transformational on many levels. Knowledge sharing was optimal with specific detail to safe patient handling.
I am looking forward to 2019."
- Selina S. Lavache

"(...) I feel like this group gives me the drive each year to continue to advance my SPHM program. I am so thankful that Guldmann takes the time to grow their clients by inviting guest speakers each year on topics which are relevant to advancing our programs and grow as leaders. (...) The planning and details that go into these few days are truly amazing, it shows us the dedication Guldmann has towards SPHM."
- Manon Labreche

White papers



The Cost vs. the Outcome – Making Dollars and Sense of an SPHM Program

What does it cost?

When discussing technology solutions and improvement strategies in the safety world, the inevitable question will arise – how much does ‘it cost’?

This paper will provide an overview of additional return on investment measures to consider beyond the obvious cost of injury management, the value of the SPHM Program Manager Role, strategies to demonstrate total program value, and a systems approach to managing invested assets in an SPHM program. 

ICU Horizontal Sling disposable


Driving Change in Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Programs

Health care organizations are complex and perpetually have improvement initiatives and a wide variety of operational goals which involve a change from a current condition.

Like all organizations, Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) programs, regardless of age or stage of development, require the ability to change the status quo as required.

This white paper will discuss the concept of change, specific to SPHM programs, as well as offer practical strategies and best practices for building and nurturing a successful change environment.

Using a ceiling hoist or a free-standing lifter can facilitate everyday procedures, moves, etc. at the care home, to the benefit of residents and staff alike.


Influence the Customer Experience: Improve HCAHPS Scores through Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Programs

This paper is focused on the patient/customer experience, specifically, SPHM Programs’ impact on the patient and caregiver. Goals within Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Programs mirror the core qualities of HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), especially, patient-centered, safe, effective, timely and efficient.

Learn about activities and strategies which support SPHM programs that have a mutual impact and can benefit organizational objectives and stimulate interest from administrators.

Guldmann Consulting is well-equipped to train care staff to use the best possible lifting and moving techniques, and to work correctly with the products


Healthcare Experts Advice for Overcoming Challenges in SPHM Programs

This white paper provides interested persons and organizations with insider access to seasoned advice, learned strategies and best practices from health care leaders with thriving SPHM programs.

Key topics and ideas include:
The importance of benchmarks and vision; quantifying and analyzing risks; an investment strategy for the program and its controls; and the value of contributions from all stakeholders.

2018 Keynote Speaker

Nick Tasler

Driving Change... One Decision at a Time!

Nick Tasler is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, organizational psychologist and the #1 best-selling author of four counter-intuitive books on the art and science of making decisions and leading change.

Captain Philips - NGAB

2017 Keynote Speaker

Captain Philips

Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership

Captain Richard Philips served as captain of the MV Maersk Alabama druing its hijacking by Somali Pirates in April 2009. He authored the New York Times bestselling A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea, which inspired the major motion picture Captain Philips, starring Tom Hanks.

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