15th Annual Spirit Trauma Conference to be held August 12 & 13

STEVENS POINT, WI - “A New Decade of Care,” the 15th annual conference sponsored by Ministry Health Care’s Spirit Medical Transportation, will be Thursday and Friday, August 12 and 13, at the Ramada, Stevens Point.

The multi-disciplinary conference highlights current issues in trauma care throughout the continuum: pre-hospital, emergency, critical and acute care and rehabilitation. At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to: Identify the key points related to the care of the injured patient Recognize ways to change practice to optimize the care of injured patients Understand strategies in implementing practice changes reflective of current care standards. Three exceptional, nationally recognized keynote speakers will be featured. Dwight A. Polk, MSW, NREMT-P, paramedic program director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), will open the conference with his keynote, "The Last Straw: Stress in Emergency Services." This presentation reviews types of stress, coping mechanisms, and what happens when coping mechanisms fail for emergency care providers at all levels.

Mary Lightfine, RN, a seasoned veteran of the Nobel Prize winning organization, Doctors Without Borders, and founder and president of Nurse Without Boundaries and Volunteers Without Boundaries will share her inspirational and compelling stories that show how everyone can make a difference in the world around us.

V.J. Smith, author of The Richest Man in Town, will share his inspirational story about the value of treasuring the simple pleasures in life. Smith offers reflections on how one person can make an enormous difference in the world - not through prestigious achievements - but through genuine caring.

Other local and regional experts will present topics pertinent to nurses, physicians, pre-hospital care providers, program managers and other health care providers.

Times are 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, and 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday. Application for Continuing Education Units has been made through Ministry Health Care-Education and Development by WISHET, the Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Education and Training, as a provider of Continuing Healthcare Education. Application for EMS CEUs has been made through WTCS and state EMS section.

For more information on registration fees, accommodations, or a brochure, contact Audrey Schmeeckle, conference coordinator, Ministry Health Care, at Audrey.schmeeckle@ministryhealth.org, or 715.343.3192.

Ministry Health Care is a values-driven health care delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics and other providers, based in Wisconsin and Minnesota. With over 12,000 employees including physicians and health professionals, Ministry also offers home health, hospice, long-term care facilities, dialysis services, a health plan and many other services.  

 
 
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