Wright & Filippis: Provider plays host, strengthens connections

Thursday, May 24, 2012

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – For more than 10 years, Wright & Filippis has given itself an “edge” on the competition by hosting an annual event for referral sources. 

The annual Michigan Health and Rehab Conference, held in conjunction with the Filippis Foundation, the provider’s philanthropic arm, draws nurses, discharge planners, occupational/physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals.

“It’s a win for everybody,” said A.J. Filippis, president. “We feel like it has value to the medical community we’re involved with, as well as helping us with our referral base. When they think of a company that they want to be working with, it’s going to give us an edge up.”

This year’s event, held April 19, drew 230 attendees and featured 41 exhibitors. It included three breakout sessions, two keynotes and a meal.

The big draw for attendees: six CEU credits, including a pain management credit nurses need to earn each year. 

“Six credits is a good chunk of credits for a one-day conference,” said Sherri Szep, event and promotions coordinator for Wright & Filippis. 

Szep, who plans the conference, said the goal is to have keynote speakers interject humor into their talks, and to make the classes fun. 

Another draw: exhibitors that  include financial organizations, transportation companies, home health agencies and manufacturers.

Wright & Filippis formed the Filippis Foundation to raise money for charity and promote clinical education. Filippis said the event furthers that mission and helps keep the provider’s clinical efforts in the spotlight. 

“I feel the clinical part of what we do is very important,” said Filippis. “We’re not just here for the money; we’re here for the clinical and patient service side of what we do.”