“Opioid Management” event attracts sold-out audience of 100-plus

W. Stephen Love (l to r), Lisa Sullivan and Patti Taylor.


The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation’s complimentary educational event “Opioid Management: A Path for the Future” attracted a sold-out audience of 100-plus attendees this morning at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Frisco.

Topics included an update on U.S. strategies, diversions and resources.

Lisa Sullivan of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) opened the event with a session on “Drug Diversion – Safety Implications.”

She was followed by Dr. Judy Embry of Baylor Scott & White Health discussing the “Broad Approach to Address Pain Management” and Dr. Artee Gandhi of Cook Children’s with “Hospital – Safe and Sound Pain Management Program.”

The event closed with a panel discussion on “Resources Available in the Community” with John Haenes of Challenge of Tarrant County, Dr. David Nilasena of The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Crystal Walker of My Health My Resources of Tarrant County and Cynthia M. Velazquez of the DEA. W. Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC, served as moderator.

“The Opioid issue in the U.S. is such a hot topic,” said Patti Taylor, the DFWHC Foundation’s director of quality and patient safety. “It was a great turnout this morning with excellent speakers. Collaborative discussions such as this are a productive way to create awareness and solve issues locally. I would like to thank the speakers and participants today. We hope to continue to provide this type of complimentary education throughout next year.”

For questions, please contact Patti at [email protected].

Jennifer Miff (l to r) John Haenes and Patti Taylor.



Cynthia Velazquez (l to r), John Haenes, Crystal Walker, Dr. David Nilasena and W. Stephen Love.