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Respiratory symposium to address tuberculosis

WHEELING — The James T. McClure Respiratory Symposium will offer a health care review from 5-9 p.m. March 11.

The event will take place in the White Palace ballroom at Wheeling Park. The Tuberculosis Association of Ohio County and the Wheeling Area Continuing Medical Education Consortium are presenting the symposium. There is a cost to attend, with a lower rate for students.

Registration is requested by March 4. To register or obtain more information, contact the Tuberculosis Association, 90 16th St., Wheeling, or call the organization at (304) 233-0640.

After a dinner buffet, participants will be welcomed by Dr. William Mercer, medical director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department.

The first session features an update on tuberculosis in West Virginia, focused on epidemiology and new health care worker screening guidelines. The presenter will be Suzanne Wilson, who serves as director of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination Program for the state Bureau of Public Health.

Current management of chronic heart failure will be the topic for the second session, presented by Vera Barton-Maxwell. She is an assistant professor of advanced nursing practice for Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. James Comerci, a Wheeling Hospital physician, will give the final presentation on sleep apnea. He will address common and innovative treatments for this condition.

The program has been approved for three continuing education hours for registered nurses, three contact hours from the American Association for Respiratory Care and a maximum of three credits for physicians.

The symposium is named in honor of James T. McClure, a Wheeling lawyer and former longtime president of the Tuberculosis Association’s board.

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