Pediatric forum held at St. Rita’s

First Posted: 9/6/2014

LIMA — St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima will hosts its third annual Pediatric Collaborative Colloquium on Oct. 11 in the Auxiliary Conference Center.

Dr. Mark Winerman, a pediatrician who has an office at St. Rita’s, said the forum is aimed at improving communications with local health care providers with specialists from outlying areas so quality of care can approve.

“We are able to provide some services up here but sometimes you have to refer people to someone in a more specified area,” Winerman said. “The biggest thing with this is it gives people that are health care providers locally to meet and talk to others who concentrate in certain fields.

Winerman said local health care providers also get the chance to meet some of the specialists, allowing them to get to know specified providers and being more comfortable when making referrals.

The program is presented by Lima Area Medical Development is to provide organized continuing medical education for the medical staff and when appropriate, other health care professionals. LAMED participants are presumed to be members of the medical community who desire to acquire credit hours for relicensure without having to travel outside of the Lima area for continuing medical education. The program was awarded six-year certification status in 2013 for education credits, the highest awarded.

The presentations begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and breakfast. Speakers begin at 8 a.m. and include “Going Gluten Free: Fact or Fad” by Dr. Tracy Ediger, A heads up on pediatric sports-related injuries by Dr. Jonathan Groner, chronical irritability in children by Dr. David Axelson, and straightening out your approach to the pediatric orthopedic exam with Dr. Walter Samora III.

“It gives local health care providers the chance to meet with people that are considered national experts in the field,” Winerman said.

The fee for the conference is primarily aimed at physicians but also can include nurses, nurse practitioners and other people working in a health care-related field. Registration deadline is Oct. 4. Winerman said the colloquium target is to have about 75 people attend.

To register or for information, call Melissa Watkins at 419-226-9334.

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