Wellmont’s Second Annual Trauma and Critical Care Conference to Be Held March 8 at Bristol Regional

Congressman Phil Roe, R-1st, will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 8, at Wellmont Health System's second annual Trauma and Critical Care Conference at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

The event will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Monarch Auditorium and is geared toward medical professionals. Media representatives are invited to attend.

Roe, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist who has served as a congressman since 2009, will speak at 11:30 a.m. about health care in America. Having voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he cites increases in insurance premiums as evidence the plan is not working as President Obama pledged.

The congressman supports the law's repeal in favor of enacting commonsense reforms that would put patients at the forefront. Among the ideas he endorses are allowing small businesses to pool together to buy insurance and families to buy insurance across state lines, consumers purchasing safe medicine from anywhere in the world and reforming the medical liability system to stop frivolous lawsuits.

These ideas will control costs, increase access to care and improve quality, Roe said.

Other agenda speakers include:

Nicole Hembree, an intelligence analyst with the FBI, discussing al-Qaeda

Dr. Sidney Collins, a general surgeon at Bristol Regional, talking about experiences during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom

Dr. Tiffany Lasky, medical director of trauma and critical care at Holston Valley Medical Center, discussing the trauma simulation lab

Dr. Ron Stephens of the Joseph Steele Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., talking about burn therapy.

The event will also feature patient stories, including one from Terri Marcum, Holston Valley's chief nursing officer and vice president of clinical services, who was in a car wreck and received care at that hospital.

"This is an excellent opportunity to hear a variety of innovative caregivers share their best practices with their colleagues about improving patient care as well as hear first-hand accounts from those who have received trauma services," said Sherry Love, Bristol Regional's clinical manager of trauma. "Everyone will also gain valuable information about important national security issues and benefit from hearing the perspective of our congressman as he shares his insights on healthcare reform."

To learn more, please call 423-224-5014.