It appeared to be a minor bicycle accident but internal injuries left a local 8-year-old boy fighting for his life. That child and those who cared for him will be among the presenters at Conemaugh Memorial’s upcoming fall Trauma Conference.
Dr. Neil Yoder, Director of the EMS Fellowship Program at Conemaugh Memorial will begin the daylong conference with a presentation on the care of trauma patients in the field. Dr. S. Lee Miller, Conemaugh Physician Group Trauma Surgeon and Chairman Department of Surgery at Conemaugh Memorial will then detail the case of the injured boy along with his colleague from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC – Dr. Barbara Gaines. Their talks will focus on management of blunt abdominal trauma along with a presentation on rehabilitation.
Later in the conference, the focus will turn to abuse with a presentation by Dr. Donna Balewick, Assistant Director of Emergency Services at Indiana Regional Medical Center and a certified physician for abuse examination. Others presenting on this topic include Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan who will speak on medical and legal issues in child abuse with a presentation on Understanding the legal system in abuse cases.
Cambria County Coroner Denny Kwiatkowski will then follow with a presentation on Medical and legal issues in elderly abuse.
Later in the day participants will hear from Dr. Shawna Morrissey, Chief Surgical Resident at Conemaugh Memorial, on the Top 10 issues in the critically injured child and Dr. James Gregory, Conemaugh Physician Group Trauma Surgeon, will present the Top 10 issues in the critically injured geriatric patient.
“We are excited by the lineup of participants and feel these topics are very timely and will be of great value to our participants,” says Dr. Russell Dumire, Medical Director of Conemaugh Memorial’s Level One Regional Resource Trauma Center. Dr. Dumire and Tracy Beltowski, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner will lead a Lunch and Learn Panel Discussion at the event.
The Fall Trauma Conference will take place on November 8, 2012 at the Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department in Johnstown. Registration can be done on line at www.conemaugh.org/LearningInstitute or by calling 814-534-9782.
About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Level One Trauma Center
The Regional Resource Trauma Center, based at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, is one of just 11 Level I trauma centers in Pennsylvania – and the only one between Pittsburgh and Hershey. The trauma program recently celebrated 25 years of service and this year received a full three-year accreditation from the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation with no recommended opportunities for improvement. Learn more about trauma services atwww.conemaugh.org.
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