2019 Annual Conference

**IHFDA has secured 20.0 continuing education credits for attendees**

The IHFDA Executive Board wants to thank all of the attendees at our 4th annual conference just completed in Orlando, Florida. We feel it was the best agenda so far with some incredible attendees who were eager to learn more from the presenters. We also had a record number of exhibitors and made many new friends.

We also announced our 5th annual conference in Chicago, September 28-30, 2020. The Westin at O’Hare is the host hotel and we are starting to plan already for this conference. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

We are also planning to open up a “Call for Presentations” again that will start November 1st. There were several attendees who expressed interest in submitting a presentation or poster for the Chicago conference.

Conference Agenda

Monday AM - Pre-Conference Sessions - 9/23/19
Monday AM 9/23/19
9:00 – 9:45 A.M. “Patient Harm-Impact of Diversion”
Lauren Lollini, IHFDA Secretary 
10:00 – 1:00 P.M. Exhibit Hall opens  
9:45 – 10:30 A.M. “Drug Diversion in Healthcare Facilities- A National Secret” 
John Burke- IHFDA President
10:30 – 11:15 A.M. “Interview and Interrogation in Healthcare Investigations” 
Kevin Vanover- IHFDA Treasurer
11:15 – 12:00 P.M. Panel discussion
Derek Empey, R.Ph, IHFDA Board Member
Jeffrey R. Wahl, J.D.
Lauren Lollini, IHFDA Board Member
John Burke, IHFDA Board Member
Kevin Vanover, IHFDA Board Member
12:00 – 1:00 P.M Lunch on your own


Monday PM (Start of Conference) - 9/23/19
Monday PM 9/23/19
1:00 – 1:15 P.M. Opening Remarks
Marsha Stanton – IHFDA Vice President
1:15 – 2:15 P.M.

“A Multi-Victim Crime-Bloodborne Pathogen Transmission from Tampering
and Substitution”
Dr. Pamela Talley, M.D., IHFDA Board Member

2:15 – 2:45 P.M. Break- Exhibit Hall Open
2:45 – 4:45 P.M “Mayo Clinic Diversion Management Solution and Results”
Charles D’Amato, R.Ph. ,
Mark H. Siska, R.Ph. ,
Dr. Pamela Mergens, M.D.,
Ann Schettler, MHL, BSN, RN,
Curtis Storlie, Phd.
5:00 – 6:30 P.M Exhibitor Reception 
Exhibitor Hall


Tuesday - 9/24/19
Tuesday 9/24/19
7:00 – 8:00 A.M. Exhibitor Hall Open
8:00  – 9:00 A.M. “Roadblocks and Roundabouts: Navigating Hospital Diversion”
Heidi McNeely, R.N., Colorado Children’s Hospital
9:00 – 10:00 A.M. “Behind the Scenes, The Real Stories Addicts Tell” 
Molly Fitzgerald, Probation Officer, Hamilton County Ohio (Ret.)
10:00 – 10:30 A.M. Break- Exhibitor Hall Open
10:30 – 11:30 A.M. “From the Operating Room to the Courtroom: A Case Study of Diversion”
Jeffrey R. Wahl, J.D. Jeffrey R. Wahl Co., LPA
11: 30 – 1:00 P.M. Lunch (Provided) – Sponsored by Protenus
Exhibitor Hall Open
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. “Testing the Value of Intelligent Analytics for Drug Diversion”
Sheetal Patel-House, Pharm. D., Department of Pharmacy, UNC Medical Center
2:00 – 2:30 P.M. Break and Exhibitor Hall Open
2:30 – 3:30 P.M. “Launching a National Network to Report and Reduce Drug Diversion in Health Care” 
Tom Knight, Lauren Lollini, Derek Empey
3:30 – 4:30 P.M. “Diversion of Non-Controlled Prescription Medications: Scope of the Problem”
Michael O’Neil, Pharm. D. Professor and Chair, South College School of Pharmacy, Knoxville, Tennessee


Wednesday - 9/25/19
Wednesday 9/25/19
7:00 – 8:30 A.M. Exhibitor Hall Open
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. “Diversion 2019: Challenges Facing Facilities”
Kim New, R.N., J.D., IHFDA Executive Director and Co-Founder
9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Break Exhibit Hall Open
10:30 – 11:30 A.M. “Pearls and Perils: Drug Diversion in Perioperative and Procedural Suites”
Maureen Burger, MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE
Chief Nursing Officer


Gregory Burger, MS, RPh, FASHP
Sr. Vice President, Hospital & Health System Services

11:30 – 1:00 P.M Lunch Provided 
Exhibitor Hall Open
Exhibitor close down at 1:00 PM
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. “Integrating Technology to Improve Drug Diversion Auditing Within the Operating Room” 
Tom Harper, MPH, CPh.T, FCSHP, Controlled Substance Auditor, UC Davis Health, Sacramento, CA 
2:00 – 2:15 P.M. Break 
2:15 – 3:15 P.M “Establishing Surveillance Reports to Gauge Practices Susceptible to Drug Diversion”
Denise Hickey, MSN, RN, Nurse Specialist, Drug Diversion Team Coordinator, Tampa General Hospital
Richard R. Rainey, Analyst II,Team Member Health and Wellness Services, Tampa General Hospital
3:15 – 3:45 P.M. Panel Discussion
3:45 – 4:00 P.M. Wrap up- closing remarks 
Marsha Stanton, IHFDA Vice President


Conference Hotel Information

IHFDA has chosen the Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South, to host the 2019 conference. Your hotel reservation provides you with a free made-to-order breakfast and evening reception each day. The hotel is 3.5 miles away from the Disney properties and has a fitness room and pool.

You are able to make hotel reservations by:

Using the “Hotel Reservations” button

Calling the hotel direct at 407-597-4000


Embassy Suites Orlando – Lake Buena Vista South
4955 Kyngs Heath Road
Kissimmee, Florida, 34746

Current Exibitors (A-Z)