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(Denison, IA) -- The 21st Annual Crawford County EMS Conference, sponsored by Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Denison High School in the Fine Arts Center. The conference begins at 8 am, with registration beginning at 7:30 am. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Christie Matthies, Director of Emergency Services for CCMH, said the EMS conference is designed to provide Emergency Services personnel with up‐to‐date life savings skills and information from outstanding instructors. CCMH spends between $3,000 and $4,000 each year in support of the conference, serving an average of 100 people. Matthies said the investment in the expertise of each First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and nurse is vital to providing the best emergency care possible.

"So much of what EMS personnel do in emergency situations is quickly assessing and recognizing actual and potential life threatening situations," Matthies commented. "These situations can happen just about anywhere, whether that's at work, at home, or in the community. Our goal is to enhance the skills of our Emergency Services professionals to respond in those situations."

The instructors for the conference include Scott Brown, BSN, RN, CEN, Trauma Outreach Coordinator, CHI Health, Omaha; Ashley Emmel, MSN, MBA, RN, Trauma Program Coordinator, Nebraska Medicine, Omaha; Rebecca Meredith, BSN, RN, CCRN, C‐NPT, Children’s Medical Center, Omaha; and, Terry Ragaller, EMT‐P, EMS Training Officer, Sioux City Fire & Rescue.

“We have planned for a variety of instructors with a diverse and vast background in EMS to present at the conference," Matthies noted. "We are excited to have them share their expertise and experience."

Matthies also noted continuing education credits are available to EMS Conference participants.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer continuing education credits for our EMS and nursing professionals. EMS personnel will receive 8 hours of continuing education credits while nursing will receive 8 contact hours for attending the entire conference," Matthies explained.

To pre-register for the EMS Conference, call 712-265-2501 or email at The deadline for pre-registration is Monday, February 12, 2018.