BREWER — Amy Cotton, nurse practitioner and director of Operations and Senior Service Quality for EMHS Continuum of Care, will chair the World Congress Leadership Summit on Innovative Care Delivery Models for the Aging Population on Nov. 7-8 in Vienna, Va.
According to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the elderly make up close to 13 percent of the U.S. population, but consume 36 percent of the total U.S. personal health care expenses. This problem is attributed largely to a much higher proportion of elderly with expensive chronic conditions. During this summit, health care leaders from across the world will focus on developing innovative care models to better serve this population while simultaneously lowering health care costs.
Along with her position as director of operations for continuum of care for EMHS, Cotton also holds the position of president for the National Gerontological Nursing Association. Nationally board-certified in gerontological nursing, she has devoted much of her 24-year career to improving the quality of senior health care services. A native of Hampden, she graduated from Bangor Christian High School, and obtained her nursing degrees from the University of Maine, and University of Southern Maine. Cotton is a fellow of the National Gerontological Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau International’s Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy.
“I am very excited to be a part of the World Congress Leadership Summit,” Cotton says, “This summit highlights a critical area of gerontological care that needs our attention. By working together on better strategies to improve the care of chronically ill seniors, we’ll be taking a huge step forward in serving this population and will be able to provide higher quality, more efficient care.”