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2024 Conference Agenda

Tuesday, April 23

9:00 am                         

9:00 am – 3:45 pm       

9:00 – 10:00 am              

10:00 – 11:10 am             




11:15 am – 12:05 pm     

12:05 – 12:30 pm           

12:30 – 1:30 pm   

1:30 – 2:20 pm       







2:25 – 3:15 pm    




















3:15 – 3:35 pm             

3:35 – 3:40 pm                

3:40 – 4:30 pm         

50th Anniversary Celebration       

5:00 – 6:00 pm                 

6:00 – 8:00 pm        


Wednesday, April 24

7:30 am                              

7:30 am – 1:00 pm            

7:30 – 8:30 am                

8:30 – 9:40 am   





9:40 – 10:00 am               

10:00 – 10:50 am   














10:55 – 11:45 am            






11:45 am – 12:45 pm

12:45 – 1:35 pm  





1:40 – 2:30 pm   




2:30 – 2:45 pm                 

Conference Registration opens                                               

Exhibits open                                                                                                                                                     

Continental Breakfast                                                                                                                                       

Opening Remarks and Session #1 (Templeton Lecture)                                                                       Heritage Salons ABC

Gun Violence in America: How Healthcare Workers Can Drive Social Change!

Joseph Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS - Exec. Vice Chair of Surg., Dir. of Clinical Ops. of Surgery, The John Hopkins Hospital

Will be discussing one of the most important public health problems of modern time. Will demonstrate how healthcare professionals can be part of the change we need beyond the bedside.

Session #2                                                                                                                                                  Heritage Salons ABC

The Evolution of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Care and Optimizing TBI Care Equity

Daniel Corwin, MD, MSCE - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the ATSPA, this session will describe the evolution of mild traumatic brain injury care,   starting with the primary treatment modality of rest, moving toward more active therapeutic approaches employed today, and looking for remote and digital health strategies that may guide care of tomorrow. As part of the session, we will discuss how advances in care have the potential to exacerbate underlying care disparities, and strategies we are developing to improve overall care equity to allow exciting treatment advances to be available to all concussion patients.

Awards Presentation                                                                                                                                 Heritage Salons ABC

Networking Luncheon                                                                                                                               Heritage Salons DE

Session #3                                                                                                                                                  Heritage Salons ABC

From Katrina to Maui: Lessons Learned in Nineteen Years of Urban Search and Rescue

Dan Bledsoe, MD, MBA, PHP – EMS Medical Director, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of EMS

Dr. Bledsoe will describe lessons learned from nearly two decades in the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue system,    highlighting key functions of a FEMA USAR team, basics of medically directed rescue efforts, and the crucial role interpersonal communication and relationships play in disaster response. Lessons from the training ground to disasters across the United States will inform this lively presentation.

Session #4                                                                                                                                                  Heritage Salons ABC

Templeton Poster Showcase Lightning Round

  • A Guideline to improve Nutritional Outcomes in Traumatically Injured Patients Requiring Intensive Care       Jenny Kloss, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC, Nurse Practitioner - Trauma Program, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Admission Guideline for TBI's at a Level III Trauma Center without Neurosurgery                                             Alexandra Evans, RN, BSN, Trauma Program Manager, Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono

  • CarFit - My Car Does What?                                                                                                                                      Deborah Erdman, RN, MSN, CCRN, TCRN, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Geisinger Medical Center

  • EMS and Nursing Education: The NEED for Virtual Learning During COVID and BEYOND                                         Kathryn Bommer, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, PHRN, EMT-P, Trauma Educator/EMS Education Coordinator

  • Fostering Safety Together: Hospital-Based and Grassroots Community Collaboration in Violence Prevention"    Melissa Mee, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Health Network

  • Medical/Surgical Initiatives to Reduce Pressure Ulcers                                                                                            Gavin Lockard, BS, Medical Student, Lehigh Valley Hospital -Muhlenberg

  • Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice vs Traditional Simulation Methods in Trauma Team Resuscitations               Jessica Parsons, MD, MSMS, Associate Residency Medical Director, Jefferson Einstein Medical Center

  • Surviving a Mass Casualty Event in a Rural Trauma Center                                                                                         Carol Fox, RN, MA, CNRN, Trauma Programs Administrator, Lehigh Valley Health Network

  • Tourniquet Exchange Program - Sunny Goodyear, MSN, RN, CCRN, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator, Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center

Beverage Break                                                                                                                                         Heritage Salons DE

Poster Award Presentation                                                                                                                      Heritage Salons ABC

Session #5                                                                                                                                                  Heritage Salons ABC

Life Derailed: A Patient Perspective on Polytrauma and Recovery

Geralyn Ritter, JD – CEO, Crowell & Moring International LLC

On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak Northeast Regional train from Washington, D.C. bound for New York City derailed and wrecked on the Northeast Corridor near the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This session will provide a description of a trauma patient’s experience.



Reception                                                                                                                                     Commonwealth Pre-Function

50th Anniversary Dinner  and Entertainment                                                                          Commonwealth Salons 123

Conference Registration opens

Exhibits open                                                                                                                                           Heritage Pre-Function

Breakfast Buffet                                                                                                                                        Heritage Salons DE

Opening Remarks/Session #6 (Hersperger-Pryor Lecture)                                                                 Heritage Salons ABC

What Saves Lives at a Mass Shooting Event: Lessons Learned from the Tragedy at Tree of Life Synagogue

Ron Roth, MD - Senior EMS Consultant, UPMC

On 10/27/2018, a single gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue, in Pittsburgh. In the aftermath, after action reports identified several factors that saved lives during the tragedy. Sharing these findings has the potential to save lives by helping agencies develop evidence-based Emergency Action Plans.

Beverage Break                                                                                                                                          Heritage Salons DE

Session #7                                                                                                                                                  Heritage Salons ABC

Addressing Inequities Through the Injury Equity Framework

Michelle Macy, MD, MS - Associate Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Kurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

The Injury Equity Framework (Kendi & Macy, 2023) presents a theoretical basis for identifying and analyzing factors that influence who is injured, the severity of injuries and the injury outcome using an equity lens. The framework integrates the Cliff of Good Health (Jones et al, 2009) and the Haddon Matrix (Haddon, 1980), overlaying historical and current societal factors that intersect with community, family, and individual factors to contribute to injury inequities. The Injury Equity Matrix is a practical tool for analyzing injury events and patterns of injuries within the context of the Injury Equity Framework. In this session, Dr. Macy will provide an update on the epidemiology of injury disparities and an overview of the Injury Equity Framework and Metrics. Participants will learn to apply the 7-step Massachusetts Pediatric Injury Equity Review process (developed by Dr. Kendi) to case examples for the development of strategies to prevent injuries at the local, regional, or state level. This process has potential to reveal novel approaches to eliminate long-standing inequities in injury outcomes.

Session #8                                                                                                                                                 Heritage Salons ABC

Keeping Heads Above Water: Investigating Methods to Promote Water Safety in Every Community

Rickey Price Jr., Water Rescue Instructor

This session will discuss drowning deaths in Pennsylvania and approaches to reduce the risk of drowning.  We will look at common locations for drowning, situations that increase the risk of drowning, and populations at a high risk for drowning.                                

Networking Luncheon                                                                                                                               Heritage Salons DE

Session #9                                                                                                                                                  Heritage Salons ABC

Transfusion in Trauma: The Military and Civilian Experience

John Oh, MD – Professor of Surgery, Penn State Health and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Describe the history of resuscitation in combat trauma, and how the science of resuscitation evolved with the military experience. 

Session #10                                                                                                                                                Heritage Salons ABC

Disaster Preparedness: Lessons from the Chocolate Factory

Erica Haines, BA, BSN, RN, CEN - Clinical Nurse Manager, Tower Health Reading Hospital

Anthony Martin, MBA, BSN, RN, TCRN – Trauma Program Manager, Tower Health Reading Hospital

Michael F. Musso, DO, FACOS – Trauma and Critical Care Surgeon, Tower Health Reading Hospital

Join us for an insightful presentation that delves into the harrowing incident at the Palmer Chocolate Factory, where a devastating explosion led to multiple fatalities and injuries. Explore the intricate details of the extensive and coordinated response by firefighters, police, EMS, and hospital staff, showcasing the crucial collaboration required to mitigate the crisis effectively. Gain valuable insights into the challenges faced, lessons learned, and the resilience demonstrated by the emergency response teams in the face of adversity. This session aims to shed light on the importance of preparedness and coordination in managing large-scale emergencies.

Raffle Drawing & Closing Remarks                                                                                                         Heritage Salons ABC

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