The 2017 Society for Total Emergency Programs Conference will highlight the 50th anniversary of the Monroe County program March 31 to April 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester University and Medical Center, 30 Celebration Drive.
The conference is for emergency medical technicians, first responders, firefighters, law enforcement officers, physicians and hospital staff who serve in various emergency medical services positions throughout western New York.
“STEP was founded to educate and promote innovations and opportunities for the improvement of emergency services,” said Sharon Chiumento, conference coordinator. “The organization has worked for the past half century to bring physicians, first responders, EMTs and all those involved in emergency medical services together to provide up-to-date information and training.”
Moses Robinson, a Rochester City School District school resource officer, will lead a pre-conference panel discussion, “Handling School-based Situations,” from 7 to 9 p.m. March 30 on decreasing the potential for tension and violence in schools.
“Robinson works to help students build resilience and increase their abilities to deal with the stresses of their lives in school and at home,” Chiumento said. “Students and young people today face challenges such as poverty, single parents, drugs and truancy — situations which they often bring into their classrooms. Robinson believes that if we can deal with these issues early in students’ lives, we can help them avoid the violence that often occurs.”
Registration for the panel is encouraged since seating is limited.
“EMTs, first responders, police officers and hospital emergency department physicians and staff often come in contact with these students in high stress situations,” Chiumento said. “Robinson’s experience in law enforcement and in RCSD, and his presentation at the STEP Conference, will provide timely and practical information to help those of us in EMS to better serve these students and their families.”
Among those attending this year’s conference is David Kluge, STEP founder and member of its board of directors. Kluge worked as a general surgeon for 35 years at Genesee Hospital and as clinical assistant professor of surgery at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
His special interest was EMS, and he trained medical students, resident physicians and volunteer ambulance members and firefighters in pre-hospital care techniques. He led STEP’s effort to compile and publish a regional multi-county EMS directory. Kluge now works to extend publication of similar directories across the country.
Conference presenters include Connie Mattera, EMS administrative director at Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Mattera is responsible for effective strategic planning and the administrative, educational, financial and human resource management for the system on a 24-hour basis. She supervises EMS educators and staff with a span of seven associate hospital EMS coordinators, multiple independent contractors, 250 emergency communications registered nurses, 400 EMTs and 950 paramedics. She oversees services for 24 EMS agencies that respond to more than 60,000 calls per year.
Gregory Young, associate commissioner and medical director for the New York State Department of Health’s western region, will present “New York State Disaster Management.”
Todd Baxter, executive director of programs and services at the Veterans Outreach Center Inc., will discuss the recognition and management of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Jeremy Cushman, associate professor of emergency medicine and chief of the Division of Prehospital Medicine at UR, will present “What’s Hot and What’s Not for EMS in 2017.”
Conference workshops will focus on topics such as medical and trauma care, therapeutic communications and disaster management.
STEP will join with the Monroe-Livingston Regional Emergency Medical Services Council to offer MeduPrep, a separate educational opportunity to prepare paramedics interested in taking certification exams, such as specialty care transport providers.
For information, visit stepems.org.