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More than 500 to attend ARMC's 15th Annual Trauma Symposium


Media Advisory
Contact: Jennifer Tornetta, (w) 609-569-7010, (c) 609-335-3446
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For Immediate Release:  May 17, 2013

Who:  AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC)

What: To host Fifteenth Annual Trauma Symposium

When:  Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22

Where: Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
(Media interested in covering the event should call Jennifer Tornetta at 609-569-7010 or 609-335-3446.)

Details: More than 500 healthcare professionals from New Jersey to California are expected to attend the Harrah’s Regional Trauma Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s 15th Annual Trauma Symposium, May 20 to 22 at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. Twenty-five experts including those from ARMC, its clinical partners and hospitals/healthcare organizations from across the country, will share best practices for care of the trauma patient in 30 different sessions.  Attendees will gain medical education credit as they learn the latest techniques, technology and topics in critical care, emergency medicine and trauma. The Symposium will include the presentation of the Scott E. Monk, DO, Memorial Scholarship Award to Sarah O’Neil, RN, of Northfield, New Jersey, who works on ARMC’s Trauma/Critical Care Unit. The Monk family established the yearly $5,000 scholarship to honor the life and teachings of the former medical director of the Harrah’s Regional Trauma Center at ARMC.
Featured presentations of particular interest to media include:

Monday, May 20

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Aquatic Spinal Cord Injuries – Kris E. Radcliff, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Rothman Institute at AtlantiCare; assistant professor Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - New Drugs of Choice  - Brian Acunto, DO, attending physician, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Emergency Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m. - Prevention & Treatment of Critical Care Delirium, Catherine Dudick, MD, chairman, Department of Critical Care, ARMC.

Tuesday, May 21

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Advances in Neuro Critical Care Diagnostics - Edward Hamaty, Jr., DO, Medical director, Neuro Critical Care, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute.

11:45 a.m.  - Presentation of Scott E. Monk, DO, Memorial Scholarship Award

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Humanism in a High Tech Environment: Is It Possible and What Does It Look Like? - Thomas M. Scalea, MD, physician in chief, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center; system chief for Critical Care Services University of Maryland Medical System; and Francis X. Kelly professor of Trauma Surgery and director, Program in Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Combat Related Traumatic Brain Injury in Iraq and Afghanistan: A Protocol Based Treatment Strategy - Christopher Koebbe, MD, Lt. Col., USAF, MC, professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; staff neurosurgeon, Hillcrest Baptist Health System, Waco, Texas; Scott and White Clinics Hospital, Temple, Texas and Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Wednesday, May 22

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Ways to Bolster Resilience in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters - Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, consultant to Child Psychiatric Facility, Los Angeles, California; Adult Psychiatric Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Behaviour Management Service for Developmentally Delayed, York Central Hospital and Traumatic Brain Injury Centre, both in Toronto, Canada. Research director, Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, Miami, Florida; and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Miami, School of Education, Miami, Florida.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Treatment Approaches for Post-Traumatic Stress - Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, consultant to Child Psychiatric Facility, Los Angeles, California; Adult Psychiatric Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Behaviour Management Service for Developmentally Delayed, York Central Hospital and Traumatic Brain Injury Centre, both in Toronto, Canada. Research director, Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, Miami, Florida; and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Miami, School of Education, Miami, Florida.


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