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March 6, 2012

SIU Med School and Memorial Sponsor 17th Annual Wound Care Symposium

A medical education conference about wound care will be held from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Wedeberg Conference Center, Memorial Medical Center, 701 N. First St., Springfield. It is jointly sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Division of Plastic Surgery, Memorial Wound Healing Center and Memorial Medical Center.

The daylong conference is open to health-care providers interested in wound care. This includes nurses, physicians, clinical nurse specialists, nursing home administrators and professionals, home health staff, occupational therapists and physical therapists.

Sessions begin at 8:15 a.m. with “Future of Wound Healing.” The remaining sessions are about the legal aspects of documentation, venous ulcers, deep tissue injury, atypical wounds, the future of wound healing and the management of incontinence.

The course director is Dr. Michael Neumeister, professor and chair of SIU’s Plastic Surgery Institute, Elvin G. Zook Endowed Chair, and director of Memorial Medical Center’s Regional Burn Center and Wound Healing Center. He will be joined by Virginia Cooper, senior associate general council at SIU, and guest presenters Dr. Robert S. Kirsner, Ph.D., medical director of the Wound Healing Center at the University of Miami, and Dorothy Doughty, program director at Emory University Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Education Program.

The cost to attend the seminar is $100 for 6.5 contact hours, two meals (continental breakfast and lunch) and all materials. To register, go to or call Annette weekdays at (217) 545-7133. Visitor parking is available south and southwest of the main entrance to Memorial at the corner of First and Miller streets.