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Wheeling Intelligencer

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Local Doctors to Learn About Bioterrorism

WHEELING — Local doctors can learn more about their role in responding to bioterrorism events during a free symposium Thursday, Feb. 8, at Ohio Valley Medical Center.

Physicians who participate will earn two continuing education credits during the event, which is scheduled from 4:30-7 p.m. at the hospital’s Nurses’ Residence Auditorium.

Local and state officials are expected to speak on a variety of topics related to bioterrorism, including preparedness on the state and local levels for nuclear, biological and chemical incidents, the Hospital Incident Command System and decontamination equipment review, and how to manage patients exposed to nuclear, biological and chemical agents.

There also will be a panel discussion led by Dr. Carlos Jimenez, who specializes in internal medicine. Doctors who wish to attend must register by calling (304) 234-1729.

OVMC spokesman Howard Gamble said based on an unscientific poll, the physicians chose bioterrorism as the featured topic for the symposium. This past fall, infectious diseases was the featured topic.

“The hospital’s symposium will help local physicians learn what happens on the state level and what to expect,” Gamble said.

Scheduled lecturers include Dr. Barbara Connors, chief medical officer, Region III Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services; Joe Richards, chief executive officer, West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Technical Support Network; Allisynne Dunlap, program director, West Virginia Emergency Medical Services Technical Support Network; Lou Vargo, deputy director of Wheeling-Ohio County Emergency Management Agency; Allen Simms, safety director at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital; Dr. Neal Aulick, director of Emergency Medicine Physicians and EMSTAR at OVMC and EORH; Wheeling Police Chief Kevin Gessler; and Wheeling Fire Chief Steve Johnston.

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