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Continuing Education

Smoky Mountain Symposium

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15th Annual

November 6-8, 2024   |   Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center   |   Pigeon Forge, TN + Virtual

Course Information

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Join the thousands of respiratory therapists, sleep technicians, and nurses who have elevated their careers over the past 15 years!

Encore Healthcare hosts the annual Smoky Mountain Symposium in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, TN. This annual event is the premier continuing education of the South, offering two days of courses for respiratory, sleep, and nursing professionals, including both ethics and safety courses. 

Our courses are approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care and American Association of Sleep Technologists.

Dates: November 6-8, 2024

Location: The Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center

3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

or attend virtually from your location!

2024 Conference Pricing (In-Person & Virtual)
*Early bird pricing ends at 11:59PM (CST), August 30th

EARLY
BIRD

REG.
PRICE

$195
$210
$120
$135

$210
$225
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$35

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Respiratory Speakers

Speakers
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Zach Gantt

RRT, FAARC

Encore Healthcare

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Vineesha Arelli

MD

Smyrna Pulmonary &

Sleep Associates

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Gene Gantt

RRT, FAARC

Eventa, LLC

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Kim Wiles

RRT, CPFT, FAARC

Allegheny Health Network
HME Company

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Carrie Proffitt

RRT

Encore Healthcare

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Micah Panzini

RRT

Fisher & Paykel

Healthcare

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Ian Lucas

RRT, RRT-NPS, NR-P, C-NPT

Vanderbilt

School of Nursing

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Harold Davis

RRT, CPFT

Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation

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Sleep Speakers

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Gerald George Mannikarote

MBBS, MBA, RST, CPT

SleepTech Talk

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Gabe Tallent

MD, DABPN

Sleep Centers of

Middle Tennessee

Tim Safley

RRT, MBA, RCP

ACHC

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Emerson Kerr

MBA, RRT, FAAST

Nox Medical

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Robert Miller

RPSGT

Apria Healthcare

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Robert Lindsey

MS, RPSGT, CCSH

Blue Ridge Medical

Center

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Agenda

Agenda

Wednesday, November 6, 2024 (All times listed in Eastern Time)

12:00-5:00PM                  Exhibitor Set-Up

4:00-5:30PM                    Attendee & Exhibitor Registration

 

Thursday, November 7, 2024 (All times listed in Eastern Time)

7:00AM

Registration & Exhibits

8:00AM

8:15AM

Respiratory

Gold Sponsor & Announcements

Leadership Session: Connecting for Maximum Productivity
Ken Hartley
Author/Speaker

Sponsored by: Encore Healthcare

Sleep

Gold Sponsor & Announcements

Leadership Session: Connecting for Maximum Productivity
Ken Hartley
Author/Speaker

Sponsored by: Encore Healthcare

Break / Exhibits

10:15AM

11:15AM

Providing Mechanical Ventilation in
the Home

Harold Davis, RRT, CPFT
Director of Surveyor Services, HQAA

Sponsored by: HQAA

Updates in Sleep Medicine
Robert Miller, RPSGT, RCP
Vice President of Sleep Business, Apria Healthcare
Sponsored by: Apria Healthcare

Lunch Presentation (Lunch Provided)

12:15PM

1:30PM

Nasal High Flow: Hospital to Home
Micah Panzini, RRT

Respiratory Sales Specialist, Fisher & Paykel 
Sponsored by: Fisher & Paykel

Set Your Sleep Center Apart
Gerald George Mannikarote, MBBS, MBA, RST, CPT
Co-Host, Co-Producer, SleepTech Talk
 

Break / Exhibits

2:30PM

3:30PM

Presentation Title TBA
Speaker TBA

Empowering Sleep Technology: Understanding A.I.
Emerson Kerr, MBA, RRT, FAAST

Director of Clinical Affairs (North America), Nox Medical

4:30PM

Safety
Ian Lucas, RRT, RRT-NPS, NR-P, C-NPT
Graduate Student, Vanderbilt School of Nursing

5:30PM

Attendee/Exhibitor Social

Friday, November 8, 2024 (All times listed in Eastern Time)

7:30AM

Registration

Respiratory

Sleep

8:00AM

Obstructive Airways: Beyond COPD
Vineesha Arelli, MD
Pulmonologist, Smyrna Pulmonary
& Sleep Associates

Presentation Title TBA
Gabe Tallent, MD, DABPN
Physician, Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

9:00AM

A.I. Powered Respiratory Care
Zach Gantt, RRT, FAARC
President/CEO, Encore Healthcare

Sponsored by: Encore Healthcare

Recurrent Isolated Sleep Paralysis (RISP)
Robert Lindsey, MS, RPSGT, CCSH
Director - Sleep Services, Blue Ridge Medical Center

10:00AM

Break

10:15AM

Portable Oxygen Concentrators:
Patient Driven, Evidence Lacking

Kim Wiles, RRT, CPFT, FAARC
VP of Respiratory Services, Allegheny
Health Network HME Company

Develop a PAP Nap Program for Your Sleep Center
Gerald George Mannikarote, MBBS, MBA, RST, CPT

Co-Host/Co-Producer, SleepTech Talk

11:15AM

Moving the Needle on Quality in Post-Acute
Respiratory Care: The Year in Review

Gene Gantt, RRT, FAARC
President/CEO, Eventa, LLC
Sponsored by: Eventa, LLC

Presentation Title TBA
Gabe Tallent, MD
Physician, Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

12:15PM

Lunch on Your Own

1:15PM

Respiratory Care: 2024 & Beyond
Zach Gantt, RRT, FAARC
President/CEO, Encore Healthcare

Gene Gantt, RRT, FAARC
President/CEO, Eventa, LLC

Sponsored by: Encore Healthcare

Meeting Sleep Testing Requirements for Payors
Tim Safley, MBA, RCP, RRT
Program Director, ACHC

Sponsored by: ACHC

2:15PM

Ethics: Good Samaritan Laws: Understanding Legal Protections and Real-World Cases
Carrie Proffitt, RRT
Senior Vice President of Operations, Encore Healthcare

Sponsored by: Encore Healthcare

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Reviews
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Lunch Presentation

Satellite

Thursday, November 7, 2024  ●  Lunch Presentation  ●  12:15 - 1:30PM

Related Forms:

Prospectus Letter

W-9 Form




For more info about exhibit opportunities, please contact us:

Keisha Harper

(877) 853-2931
kharper@encorehc.com

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