Mid-West Chapter

Next Meeting Date: August 21-22, 2021
Location: VIRTUAL


  • About

    The Mid-West Chapter was re-formed to bring together thoughts and issues throughout the multi-state area regarding clinical application to hyperbaric medicine practice. To provide up to date educational offerings, as well as new information related to hyperbaric medicine, and develop a closer relationship with Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society.

  • Chapter Officers

    President: 
    Risa Anderson, NP
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    President-Elect: 
    Laurie Gesell, MD

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    Past President: 
    John Kirby, MD

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    Previous Past President:
    Laurie Gesell, MD

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    Secretary:
    Kyle DuBose, DO

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     M-A-L
    Dennis Allin, MD

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    M-A-L
    Kevin Gardner, CHT

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    Olayinka David Ajayi, MD

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  • Schedule

    Posted: 8/10/21
    Subject to change

    Saturday, August 21
    8 am – 3 pm CT
    8:00-8:30 UHMS President’s address Marc Robins, DO
    8:30-9:30 Limb salvage: The next step for wound care Kyle DuBose, DO
    9:30-10:00 Innovative TeleWound to optimize patient care and safety John Kirby, MD
    10:00-10:30 Break with exhibitors  
    10:30-11:00 COVID-19:  The refined approach to safe & effective chamber cleaning Scott Schlenner, CHT
    1100-12:00 The plastic surgery perspective: Safe and effective limb salvage with reconstructive surgery and hyperbaric oxygen John Felder, MD
    12:00-12:30 Lunch  
    12:30-1:15 Vascular surgery and limb preservation Vipul Khetarpaul, MD
    1:15-2:00 Critical care considerations: Safe, effective use of HBO2 for critically ill and inpatient based indications John Kirby, MD
    2:00-2:30 Scenario-based exercise planning for operational emergencies in the hyperbaric environment Andrew Melnyczenko, CHT
    Nick Marosek, RN
      Part 1: Developing a tabletop exercise and emergency drill for the topic of code blue in the multiplace hyperbaric chamber Andrew
      Part 2: Assessing performance of scenario-based emergency preparedness exercises, recognizing continuous improvement opportunities, and enhancing response plans. Nick
    2:30-3:00 Q/A Faculty
    Sunday, August 22
    8 am – 3 pm CT
    8:00-9:00 It takes a village to raise a necrotizing fasciitis patient Itamar Gnatt, MD
    9:00-10:00 Hyperbaric oxygen as adjunct in BMT Dennis Allin, MD
    Omar Aljitawi, MD
    10:00-10:30 break with exhibitors  
    10:30-11:30 Hyperbaric therapy: Ethical considerations Piroska Kopar, MD
    11:30-12:00 Checklist: Not just a documentation exercise Rob Sheffield, CHT
    12:00-12:30 Selecting materials for hyperbaric use Rob Sheffield, CHT
    12:30-1:00 Lunch  
    1:00-2:00 Radiation Oncology Primer: Introduction to the biology of treatment and pathophysiology of complications John Feldmeier, DO
    2:00-3:00 Q/A Panel Session: COVID related procedure considerations and HBO2 use for COVID  John Kirby, MD
    Risa Anderson, RN
    3:00 Adjourn  


    CONTINUING EDUCATION

    Accreditation Statement: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Designation Statements:

    • Physician CME: The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Nursing CEU:  License types approved: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Licensed Practical Nurse; Registered Nurse; Certified Nursing Assistant; Respiratory Care Practitioner Critical Care; Respiratory Care Practitioner Non-Critical Care; Registered Respiratory Therapist; Certified Respiratory Therapist.  This live activity is approved for a maximum of 12 contact hours by the Florida Board of Registered Nursing Provider #50-10881.
    • NBDHMT:This live activity is approved for a maximum of 5 Category A credit hours by National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology, 9 Medical Park, Suite 440, Columbia, South Carolina 29203.
      • NBDHMT Accreditation Statement: For CHT recertification purposes, the NBDHMT requires a minimum of nine of the minimum 12 required Category A credits relate directly to any combination of hyperbaric operations, related technical aspects and chamber safety.

    Full Disclosure Statement: All faculty members and planners participating in continuing medical education activities sponsored by Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society are expected to disclose to the participants any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Full disclosure of faculty and planner relevant financial relationships will be made at the activity. 

    Disclaimer: The information provided at this CME activity is for Continuing Medical Education purposes only. The lecture content, statements or opinions expressed however, do not necessarily represent those of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

    Disclosures: All individuals in control of content for this educational activity with their relevant financial relationship disclosed are listed below.  ACCME defines a relevant financial relationship “as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.”  An individual who refuses to disclose relevant financial relationships will be disqualified from being a planning committee member, a teacher, or an author of CME, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation or evaluation of the CME activity.

  • Registration/Speakers/Agenda

    2021 Mid-West Chapter Meeting

    **YOU MUST REGISTER OR LOG IN TO ACCESS THE REGISTRATION FORM**

    Mid-West Chapter Meeting: August 21-22
    Virtual meeting will be on CT

    FEES:
    Physician or equivalent:  $110: Member   /   $135: Non-Member 
    Non-physician: $85: Member   /   $110: Non-Member

    CHAPTER CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: $50 administrative fee will be held on all cancellations three (3) months prior to start of meeting date. 50% of fees will be held on all cancellations one (1) month to two weeks prior to start of meeting date. NO REFUNDS two weeks prior to or after the meeting date.

    Event Properties

    Event Start Date 08-21-2021
    Event End Date 08-22-2021
    Location Virtual platform
    Categories UHMS Directly Provided Meeting

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    Andrew Melnyczenko

    CHT

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    Andrew Melnyczenko's combined military and civilian experience in Hyperbaric Medicine spans 23 years. He is the Technical and Safety Director of the Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic. He is also a UHMS member and serves as the chair of the UHMS safety committee. Andrew’s professional interests lie in education, emergency preparedness, and advancing the practical use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

    Dennis Allin

    MD

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    Dr. Dennis Allin is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine with a subcertification in hyperbaric medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his residency at R.E. Thomason General Hospital.

    Itamar Gnatt

    MD

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    A specialist who treats decompression illness and diving accident cases and uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat such conditions as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas gangrene, non-healing wounds, tissue damage from radiation and burns, and bone infections. This specialist also serves as a consultant to other physicians in all aspects of hyperbaric chamber operations, and assesses risks and applies appropriate standards to prevent disease and disability in divers and other persons working in altered atmospheric conditions.

    John Felder

    MD

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    Dr. Felder specializes in adult and pediatric reconstructive surgery following trauma or cancer, including reconstruction for injuries of the hand, upper extremity and face, reconstruction of complex wounds in any part of the body, and peripheral nerve surgery.

    John Feldmeier

    DO

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    Dr. Feldmeier received his D.O. degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1979 with USAF sponsorship and completed residency training in Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas in 1985. He received a fellowship certificate from the USAF Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and was a staff physician there from 1980 to 1982. Dr. Feldmeier was simultaneously the Chief of Radiation Oncology and Chairman of the Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio before separating from the USAF in 1985. Dr. Feldmeier has served as the Chief of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Grace Hospital in Detroit, MI and the Chairman of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toledo Medical Center from which he retired in 2013 with the award of Professor Emeritus. Dr. Feldmeier has authored numerous publications in both radiation oncology and hyperbaric medicine. He has been the editor of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report. He served as review editor of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is a Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine and Past- President of the UHMS. He currently co-chairs the UHMS Research Committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology.   He is a medical consultant to International ATMO. He is the only physician in the U.S. board certified in both Radiation Oncology and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

    John Kirby

    MD

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    Dr. Kirby focuses his practice on trauma, acute care surgery, wound healing, necrotizing fasciitis,  multisystem organ dysfunction, organ failure, sepsis, and shock. Dr. Kirby is the Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

    Kyle DuBose

    DO

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    Kyle DuBose graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. He completed his primary training in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI. He has worked at Advocate Aurora Health since August 2017 as the lead physician at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha’s Comprehensive Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Clinic. He chairs the Utilization Review Committee for the Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Advocate Aurora Health. He was involved in helping create the Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine Fellowship at Advocate Aurora Health and is currently one of the faculty attendings for the program. In 2017, he helped create and leads the Limb Salvage Team at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha. Dr. DuBose also served on the Medical Executive Committee at Aurora Medical Center Kenosha.

    Laurie Gesell

    MD

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    Dr. Gesell is the System Director for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care with Advocate Aurora Medical Group and Section Chair for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine. Dr. Gesell is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, as well as, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr. Gesell is a Past President of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Past Chair of the UHMS Board of Directors, and former Chair of the UHMS Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee. Dr. Gesell represents the medical specialty as the UHMS Delegate in the AMA House of Delegates and is the elected American Board of Preventive Medicine Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Sub-Board Chair.

    Marc Robins

    DO

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    Marc Robins, DO, MPH, FUHM is the Senior Medical Director for the Wound & Hyperbaric Shared Services for the Intermountain Healthcare System in Utah. He is the current President of the UHMS and has served as Co-Chair for the Quality Utilization, Authorization and Reimbursement Committee and on the Education Committee for the UHMS.  He is an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) and has served on the Science and Research committee AsMA since 2001-20. He is boarded in Hyperbaric Medicine, Aerospace and Occupational Medicine and Family Practice and retired as a Colonel from the USAF after a 20-year career in Aerospace Medicine.

    Nick Marosek

    BSN, RN, ACHRN

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    Nick Marosek is the Nurse Manager of the Hyperbaric and Altitude Medicine program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and is an Advanced Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse. He has 15 years’ experience in critical care nursing and nine in hyperbaric medicine. Marosek says he loves his job and the people that he is privileged to work with.

    Omar Aljitawi

    MD

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    Dr. Omar Aljitawi is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Rochsester Medical Center. His research is focused on the development of translational research approaches and strategies to improve hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) homing and engraftment during HSC transplantation for the treatment of hematological malignancies. He has specific expertise in umbilical cord blood (UCB) stem cell homing and engraftment and the application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a modality to improve HSC engraftment. In fact, he discovered the importance of erythropoietin (EPO) signaling through its receptor on UCB stem cell homing and engraftment. Also, he was the PI on the first two published human studies involving the use of hyperbaric oxygen as a modality to reduce EPO and EPO-EPOR signaling in HSC transplantation. During the last decade, he have moved this project and concept from the lab and translated it to a bedside intervention. They are now conducting phase II randomized clinical trial in autologous stem cell transplantation treating multiple myeloma, a phase II randomized clinical trial in UCB transplantation, and a pilot study in allogeneic stem cell transplantation. 

    Piroska K. Kopar

    MD

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    Dr. Piroska K. Kopar is a general surgeon in Saint Louis, Missouri and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years.

    Specialty Areas:

    • Clinical ethics in surgery and intensive care unit. Surgical critical care, trauma and acute care surgery, hemodynamic monitoring in shock

    Rob Sheffield

    CHT

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    Rob is the Director of Education for International ATMO in San Antonio, TX.   He started his career in hyperbaric medicine in 1985.  He is an expert in wound center design and development, reimbursement, hyperbaric safety, and transcutaneous oximetry.  He is a certified hyperbaric technologist (CHT). 

    Scott Schlenner

    CHT

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    Scott is the HBO System Safety Manager for Advocate Aurora Health and brings 13 years of experience with both multiplace and monoplace chambers. He has also served 23 years in the fire service and continues to do so. Along with an associate’s degree designing electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, he has earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. Scott also carries hyperbaric manufacturer certification along with certification in emergency management. He has gone through the safety director course and is certified as a CHT..

    Vipul Khetarpaul

    MD

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    Dr. Vipul Khetarpaul is a Vascular Surgery Specialist in Saint Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors in 2007. Having more than 14 years of diverse experiences, especially in vascular surgery, Dr. Vipul Khetarpaul affiliates with many hospitals including Alton Memorial Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Barnes-jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital Northeast-northwest, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Washington University. 

    Sat. Aug 21: 8:00-8:30

    UHMS President's address

    Marc Robins, DO

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    Update on the state of the Society.
    Sat., Aug 21: 8:30 - 9:30 am

    Limb Salvage: The next step for wound care

    Kyle DuBose, DO

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    This lecture is a general overview of components of a limb salvage team, how to build a limb salvage team, and a review of clinical aspects of limb salvage with a multidisciplinary approach.
    Sat., Aug 21: 9:30-10:00

    Innovative TeleWound to optimize patient care and safety

    Laurie Gesell, MD

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    Sat., Aug 21:10:30-11:00

    COVID-19: The refined approach to safe & effective chamber cleaning

    Scott Schlenner, CHT

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    Sat., Aug 21:11:00-12:00

    The plastic surgery perspective: Safe and effective limb salvage with reconstructive surgery and hyperbaric oxygen

    John Felder, MD

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    This lecture will teach participants about innovative plastic surgery techniques that enable limb salvage in complex cases, and how plastic surgeons utilize hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    Sat., Aug 21:12:30-1:15

    Vascular surgery and limb preservation

    Vipul Khetarpaul, MD

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    Case presentations on the role and options of vascular surgery interventions for optimizing flow in wound healing.
    Sat., Aug 21: 1:15-2:00

    Critical Care Considerations: Safe, effective use of HBO2 for Critically Ill and Inpatient Based Indications

    John Kirby, MD

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    Overview of those HBO2 Indications commonly used in or recommended to be used in critical care medicine patients concentration on HBO2’s mechanisms to augment oxygenating flow to over come ischemia and infection.
    Sat., Aug 21: 2:00-2:30

    Scenario-based exercise planning for operational emergencies in the hyperbaric environment.

    Andrew Melnyczenko/Nick Marosek:

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    Developing emergency preparedness exercises can be difficult and time consuming. The burden of choosing interesting topics, creating realistic objectives, and finding staff to participate is a threat to the consistency of any safety-conscious hyperbaric program. This presentation aims to provide the learner with tools to engage their team in support of this effort.

    Part I (Andrew Melnyczenko, CHT) – Developing a tabletop exercise and emergency drill for the topic of Code Blue in the Multiplace Hyperbaric Chamber.

    Part II (Nick Marosek, R.N., ACHRN) – Assessing performance of scenario-based emergency preparedness exercises, recognizing continuous improvement opportunities, and enhancing response plans.

    Sat., Aug 21: 2:30-3:00

    Q/A

    Faculty

    Sun., Aug 22: 8:00-9:00

    It takes a village to raise a necrotizing fasciitis patient

    Itamar Gnatt, MD

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    This lecture follows the clinical course of a necrotizing fasciitis patient previously hospitalized at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI, from empiric multi-displinary management to advanced wound healing modalities, with special focus on the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
    Sun., Aug 22: 9:00-10:00

    Hyperbaric oxygen as adjunct in BMT

    Dennis Allin, MD

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    This lecture will cover the proposed mechanisms by which HBO will improve outcomes in patients undergoing BMT while reviewing our protocols, review of literature on the use of HBO in BMT, and discuss the results of our research
    Sun., Aug 22: 10:30-11:30

    Hyperbaric therapy: Ethical considerations

    Piroska Kopar, MD

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    My lecture will identify the main ethical tenants of physicians' obligations to their patients and their limitations. In particular, I will focus on delving more deeply into the limitations of informed consent for procedures, the question of futility, and the ethical considerations inherent in innovative treatments.
    Sun., Aug 22: 11:30-12:00

    Checklist: Not just a documentation exercise

    Rob Sheffield, CHT

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    The checklist is one of the most powerful tools in our hyperbaric safety toolbox. It is also underutilized in many hyperbaric facilities.
    Sun., Aug 22: 12:00-12:30

    Selecting materials for hyperbaric use

    Rob Sheffield, CHT

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    Material risk assessment (decision tree) in NFPA 99.
    Sun., Aug 22: 1:00-2:00

    Radiation Oncology Primer: Introduction to the biology of treatment and pathophysiology of complications

    John Feldmeier, DO

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    In many hyperbaric practices, delayed radiation injuries are the number one indication for treatment. In this lecture, Dr. Feldmeier will introduce the attendees to some basic principles of radiation biology and pathology. The intent of the lecture is to permit those who are seeing this group of patients to approach their treatment from a more informed position. With an enhanced understanding, the hyperbaric treatment facility will be able to recognize those injuries that are truly delayed radiation complications and design a course of treatment suited to the individual patient with an enhanced response and resolution rate. Serious radiation injuries are somewhat unique in that they are not usually expressed until several months or even years after the completion of radiation treatment.

    Dr. Feldmeier will also review some of the newer radiation techniques that are designed to decrease complications. Because of significant advances in imaging and radiation treatment equipment, patients are receiving higher but more targeted doses. Several papers suggest that the result has been a lower complication rate while other experiences report a similar or even higher rate of radiation injury. The protective effect of targeted treatments is somewhat muted by the higher doses and the use of concurrent chemotherapy.in many cases. The net result of the increased but targeted doses has been a better impact on the tumor but a complication rate that is comparable to results from the past.

    Finally, Dr. Feldmeier will briefly discuss the potential for hyperbaric oxygen in treating severe acute injuries.

    Sun., Aug 22: 2:00-3:00

    Q/A Panel Session: COVID related procedure considerations and HBO2 use for COVID

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  • Sponsors/Exhibitors

    Mid-West Chapter Sponsor-Exhibitor 2021

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    Direct registration link for Virtual booth:  https://www.courses-uhms.org/2021-chapters.html


    The UHMS Mid-west Chapter Annual  Meeting offers an excellent opportunity for your organization to promote its products and services to a very specific target audience and to reinforce your corporate image within the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society members.

    Companies and organizations are invited to exhibit at the Mid-West Chapter and have the opportunity to make contacts and show their products / services to a target audience during the breaks.

    Virtual Booth Fee: FEE: $50 per day 

    This package includes:

    • Company Information/logo posted on our ASM website with a special page dedicated to exhibitors pending that the content is developed by the exhibitor and provided to UHMS.  The information will stay on this page for no longer than 2 months after the event.
    • Email announcements sent out on behalf of the exhibitor pending that the content is developed by the exhibitor and provided to UHMS.
    • Social media postings on UHMS’s Facebook and LinkedIn accounts on behalf of the exhibitor pending that the content is developed by the exhibitor in the required formats for posting ads and provided to UHMS. 

    Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities:  Contact UHMS for more information. 
    • Platinum: $5,000
    • Gold: $3,500 
    • Bronze: $1,500
    • Reception Sponsor: $3,000
    • Break Sponsor: $1,000

    Event Properties

    Event Start Date 08-21-2021
    Event End Date 08-22-2021
    Cut off date 09-02-2021
    Location Virtual platform
    Categories Exhibition

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