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Suzanne Holm OTD

OTR, BCPR

Suzanne E. Holm, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR is a licensed occupational therapist, board certified in Physical Rehabilitation, and educator with more than twenty-five years of clinical experience in adult rehabilitation and acute care settings. She is the Occupational Therapy Academic Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and oversees Creighton University's entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy program-Regis pathway. She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, her master's degree at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and her doctorate at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Formally, she was a senior Occupational Therapist at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas and specialized in brain injury and dysphagia management. Her clinical practice also included the University of Colorado Health Care System in Northern Colorado where she had a special focus in the intensive care units. She has been actively involved with the American Occupational Therapy Association for over twenty years, including serving as the liaison for Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing and Physical Rehabilitation Specialty and Board Certification development and as a reviewer on the Fellowship Program Committee. She has presented at local and national conferences and published on dysphagia, acute care practice, discharge planning for the elderly, and interprofessional education. She is the co-editor of the textbook, Occupational Therapy in Acute Care.

She is the recipient of the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado's Marjorie Ball Award of Merit and Poudre Valley Health System's Employee of the Year. Outside of occupational therapy, Suzanne enjoys traveling and exploring with her husband and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Butters.

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Discharge Planning Part 1: Introduction to OT in Acute Care

Presented by Suzanne Holm OTD, OTR, BCPR and Helene Smith-Gabai PhD, OTR/L, BCPR

Discharge Planning Part 1: Introduction to OT in Acute Care

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This course sets the stage for understanding occupational therapy's role in the acute care setting, and how discharge planning and recommendations have evolved as an essential part of a patient's road to recovery and rehabilitation. The paradigm shift in OT services from Assessment-Intervention-Discharge Planning to Assessment-Discharge Planning is discussed. Occupational therapy practitioners must consider both the internal and external factors when making discharge recommendations to minimize the risk of adverse events and readmissions. Finally, this course reviews the different types of settings that patients may be transferred to after discharge along with their criteria, to help the OT practitioner effectively problem solve in making the most appropriate recommendation.

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Discharge Planning Part 2: Evaluation & Readmission Reduction

Presented by Suzanne Holm OTD, OTR, BCPR and Helene Smith-Gabai PhD, OTR/L, BCPR

Discharge Planning Part 2: Evaluation & Readmission Reduction

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This course describes the basic evaluation processes including formal and informal methods used in developing an OT plan of care and discharge recommendations. It also compares the different discharge planning approaches of experienced versus more novice therapists, highlighting the importance of clinical reasoning skills in formulating discharge recommendations. In addition, this course reviews the educational and equipment needs of the soon-to-be discharged patient and concludes with a discussion of the possible risk factors related to readmission and the role of OT in minimizing hospital readmission.

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Discharge Planning Part 3: Understanding OTs Distinct Value

Presented by Suzanne Holm OTD, OTR, BCPR and Helene Smith-Gabai PhD, OTR/L, BCPR

Discharge Planning Part 3: Understanding OTs Distinct Value

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This course highlights OTs' unique value in the discharge planning process. Through CMS requirements and AOTA's support, the OT should provide an essential focus on client-centered care that promotes optimal functioning in day-to-day occupations and ensures that functional deficits persisting at discharge will be addressed. It also highlights the significance of OT as part of the interprofessional team for the discharge planning process. This course concludes with a discussion around ethical dilemmas as related to the OT Code of Ethics and discharge planning issues.

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