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.

Launched in September 2017, this highly coveted and successful annual event will be holding its third 2-day meeting in the foothills of the legendary Rocky Mountains.

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

September 15 to 17 2019, at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

George Dassios M.B.A
Executive V.P. Sales & Commercial Development, U.S.A


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

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.

Advisory Board Members


Aaron R. Ross, Ergonomics Specialist at Partners Healthcare.
Bill Farrell, Director of System Safety at Norton Healthcare in Louisville Kentucky.
Cathy Gambacorta, Medical Equipment Planning at Mitchell Planning.
Claire Carmondy, Certified Oncology Nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Curtis Chow, Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Practicing Occupational Health at Mercy Medical Center, Redding.
David Gladden, Injury Prevention and Employee Safety with Sutter Health.
Devon Kelley, Injury Prevention Specialist and Project Manager at OSF Healthcare Saint Francis Medical Center.
Jean Romano, Chief Nursing Officer at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Philadelphia.

Joseph Colucci, Manager of the Department of Ergonomics for Atlantic Health System.
Karen Bitzer,
Rehab Manager at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.
Kate Klein
, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center.
Leslie Pickett, Manager for Employee Safety, Beta Healthcare Group.
Lisa Webb, Safe Patient Handling Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic Health System.
Manon Labreche, Injury Prevention and Lift Team Manager at Tampa General Hospital.
Nelson Reyes, Manager of Guest Services and Patient Care Movement at White Memorial Medical Center.
Patty Kelly, Employee Safety Consultant at Sutter Health A Not-For-Profit Health System in Northern California.

Roric Hawkins, President and Founder of the RP Hawkins Group.
Selina Lavache, Clinical Nurse Manager of Spinal Cord Injury Unit and 77 West Amenities Med/Surg/Tele Unit at Mount Sinai Hosp., NY.
Tapan Kikani, VP of Innovation and Rehab Services across Holy Redeemer Health System.
Tom Adams, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineer with the Cleveland Clinic Health System.
Tricia Jaworski, System SPH Coordinator at Aurora Healthcare in Wisconsin.
Vicky Locey, Chief Nursing Officer at the Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Wesley York, Clinical Specialist in NYU Langone Health's Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Dep.

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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