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RMCHCS and GIMC Partnership Brings Trauma Symposium to Gallup

June 20,2012 Gallup, NM — Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) and Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC) are hosting the region’s first Trauma Symposium on June 21-22 at the Red Lion Hotel in Gallup. The Symposium will begin with an opening address by Dr. Catherine Torres, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health.

Nearly 200 physicians, providers, nurses and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will come together to learn from regional and national experts about what is new in trauma care. Topics range from pediatric abdominal trauma, pediatric injury prevention, farm, ranch and rodeo injuries to forensics, motor vehicle crash investigation and injury prevention.

Last fall, RMCHCS was awarded a grant from the State Department of Health Trauma Program after Jeff Johnson, RMCHCS Trauma Coordinator, submitted a proposal for a Trauma Symposium to be jointly sponsored by RMCHCS and GIMC. The State Department of Health Trauma Program liked the idea immediately and backed the cooperative venture.

Both RMCHCS and GIMC are seeking Level III Trauma designation and have been encouraged by the State Department of Health Trauma Program to explore how they can work together to meet the trauma care needs of this community. One requirement for trauma designation is that medical personnel who work in emergency rooms, operating rooms and intensive care units complete six trauma related Continuing Medical Education credits per year. Because RMCHCS is accredited for granting CME credits, the Trauma Symposium is offering CME, EMS and Radiology credits to physicians, providers, nurses and EMS personnel who attend the sessions. “This is a very cost effective way to meet the medical educational needs of both facilities,” commented Johnson. “Typically, staff members are sent to conferences elsewhere, but now we are able to bring a very high level of trauma education to our medical staff here. In fact, we have people coming in from Eastern Arizona, Albuquerque, Farmington and even from as far away as Raton and Ruidoso, New Mexico.”

Johnson has been working with Sandra Fouser, Trauma Coordinator at GIMC, and the two of them formed a planning committee made up of employees from both RMCHCS and GIMC. This cooperative venture benefits the community by helping improve knowledge and skill in trauma services so emergency medical staff are better prepared to serve this community.

Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 health care network serving rural McKinley County. RMCHCS’ mission is to serve God by making a profound and lasting difference in the health and quality of life for all people in the community. Accredited by The Joint Commission, RMCHCS offers a wide range of medical and diagnostic services including a 69-bed acute care hospital, two outpatient clinics, home health and hospice services, behavioral health services and a 20-bed inpatient addictions recovery program.