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Published on April 22, 2014

Renowned Fire Chief to Speak at UHS Emergency Medicine Conference 

Editors Note: This is a request for media coverage of the event; please do not publish as a news item, as the registration deadline for the public has passed. Coverage of presentations, as well as interviews with Mr. Brunacini and other speakers, are invited. To make arrangements, call Jon Tooley, UHS Community Relations, 762-2336.

A former fire chief from one of America's largest Sunbelt cities will be in Binghamton this week to give local first-responders his insights into managing on-the-job safety and providing outstanding customer service.

Alan Brunacini, retired chief of the Phoenix Fire Department, will give three presentations during the 26th annual Patrick E. O'Hara, MD, Emergency Medicine and Trauma Teaching Day event, April 25 and 26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 225 Water St., in Binghamton.

Mr. Brunacini will discuss leadership, command and safety in emergency services in a pre-conference workshop, on Friday, April 25, from 1 to 5 p.m.

He will deliver the conference's keynote address on how emergency medical personnel can provide world-class customer service, on Saturday, April 26, at 8:15 a.m.

He also will speak on leadership in emergency services at a 2:45 p.m. program on Saturday.

Other speakers will include Shreyas Roy, MD, and Steve Adkisson, RN, of the pediatric trauma team at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, on traumatic injuries in children; Jason Ellis of Ellis Consulting in Chenango Bridge, on safety and security measures for first-responders; and Micah Lissy, MD, sports orthopedic surgeon at UHS Hospitals, on managing sports-related injuries.

Held each spring, the UHS teaching day is named in memory of Patrick E. O'Hara, MD, one of the founders of physician-covered hospital emergency care in the Greater Binghamton area.

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

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