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Published on March 15, 2013

Car-crash survivor to tell inspiring story at conference

Brian "Iron Heart" Boyle, an athlete and accident victim who has told his inspiring story of survival on national TV, will be the John Pryor, MD, Memorial Keynote speaker at UHS’ 25th annual Patrick E. O’Hara, MD, Emergency Medicine/Trauma Teaching Day, scheduled for next month in Binghamton.

Mr. Boyle was driving to his home in Maryland in 2004 when a dump truck slammed into his car, thrusting the 18-year-old athlete into a two-month battle for his life at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md.  During that time, Mr. Boyle, who lost 60 percent of his blood and was revived eight times on the operating table, could see, hear and feel pain, but was unable to talk or move. 

Today, Mr. Boyle has made a full recovery and competed as an Ironman triathlete.  Appearing on national TV to tell his story, he credits caregivers for his many accomplishments, including the more than two dozen marathons and endurance events he’s participated in since his recovery.

Dr. John Pryor, for whom the keynote lecture is named, was an active member of the Greater Binghamton area emergency medical services community who went on to become medical director of trauma care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  He was killed on Christmas Day 2008 while serving his second tour of duty as a combat surgeon with the U.S. military in Iraq. 
The O’Hara conference is the Southern Tier's leading annual clinical gathering on trauma and emergency care.  It is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel and Conference Center, 225 Water St. in Binghamton.

This year's teaching day, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., is presented by UHS Wilson Medical Center, a state-designated trauma and stroke center.

Other conference speakers include a number of emergency care educators:

Terry Foster, opening keynote speaker.  Terry is a clinical nurse specialist from Edgewood, Ky., who will speak on "The Bizarre and the Spectacular: Unique Cases in Emergency and Trauma Care.”

Scotty Bolleter, chief of the Office of Clinical Direction, Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS.  Scotty will discuss “Because My Heart Tells Me So – Cardiac Complications,” advocating putting common sense back into the management of cardiac events.

Raymond Shelton, director of Professional Development, National Center for Crisis Management, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.  He will present “Catastrophe and Crisis: Managing the Psychological Trauma.”  This talk will address managing stress reactions of both victims of trauma and first responders and medical staff.

After the afternoon break, attendees will enjoy two additional presentations.  Scotty Bolleter will present “Difficult Discussions: Lighting a Path of Clarity in Critical Communications” and Terry Foster will focus on the use of humor in emergency and trauma care in "How Can You Laugh at That?”

During the morning break and the luncheon buffet, attendees will have an opportunity to visit displays by sponsors and exhibitors and to enjoy chair massages compliments of UHS. 

The Susquehanna Regional EMS Council, REMAC, has designated this event for eight hours of continuing medical education credit.

Fees for attending the event are:

$150 for practicing physicians; $125 for non-UHS nurses and other staff; $80 for emergency medical services personnel, UHS nurses and staff.  There is no cost to UHS resident physicians, medical students and fellows if they register by April 8.  Early-bird registration fee of $80 is available to all EMS providers and UHS staff when registered and paid in full by April 8. 

Registration fees include a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and breaks. For more information or to request a registration brochure, call Lorin Missavage, UHS Emergency and Trauma Services, at 763-6311.

This annual UHS Emergency Medicine/Trauma Teaching Day was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Patrick E. O’Hara as of May 14, 2003.  It recognizes Dr. O’Hara’s outstanding service and dedication to pioneering emergency medical services in Broome County and New York State. 

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