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A-State, St. Bernards To Present 2015 Wound Symposium


JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) and St. Bernards Wound Healing Center are teaming to present the Wound Symposium 2015, Monday, March 30, in Riceland Hall at Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive.

This conference, which gets underway at 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., serves to provide nurses, advance practice nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other members of the healthcare team with necessary information to enhance the care of wounds in practice. Although the conference is free, registration is required. To register, call St. Bernards education department at (870) 207-4909 or email Amanda McMillon at amcmillon@sbrmc.org.

Continuing education credits have been pre-approved for some professions. St. Bernards Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the South Central Accreditation Program, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Featured presenters include Dr. Lee C. Ruotsi, medical director of the Catholic Health Advanced Wound Healing Centers in Buffalo, N.Y.; Dot Weir, a registered nurse for 38 years, 34 of which have been dedicated to the practice of wound ostomy care; and Dr. Stephen Guffey, a tenured professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arkansas State.

Ruotsi oversees three outpatient wound healing centers with hyperbaric medicine services, seeing approximately 15,000 visits per year as well as a five hospital, 1,200 bed in-patient wound care program.
He is board certified in both family practice and undersea and hyperbaric medicine, is a certified wound specialist (CWS) and is also certified as a diving medical officer by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA-DMO).

Weir is board certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Certification Board since 1985 (CWON) and the American Board of Wound Management since 2004 (CWS). She practices outpatient wound management at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. and at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla.

Dr. Guffey has been a practicing physical therapist since 1981. He has served on the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas, Texas Tech University of Health Sciences Center and Arkansas State. Dr. Guffey has been engaged in research related to the bactericidal and fungicidal effects of visible and infrared light since 2005.

For more information about the conference, contact Amanda McMillon at (870) 207-4909.

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