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Washakie Medical Center hosts nursing conference


WORLAND, WY (Oct. 14, 2013) –Area nurses will have the chance to learn obstetrics skills from an expert and practice high-risk care scenarios related to trauma in pregnancy at an upcoming nursing conference sponsored by Washakie Medical Center.

The event is 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 25 at Worland Community Center, 1200 Culbertson Ave., in Worland, WY. It features Neil Allen, MD, with the Banner Health Clinic, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology in Greeley, CO. He will provide information on high-risk, low-volume care scenarios that present unique challenges to professionals in rural hospitals. The seminar will also offer the opportunity to train with the Banner Health Mobile Simulation where nurses use life-like computerized patient mannequins including a mother-baby simulator.

The simulation allows them to practice care scenarios in a risk-free environment and then discuss the lessons learned from the training.

“We are excited to bring this training to Washakie and share with nurses from throughout the region and neighboring states,” said Sherrill Sorenson, chief nursing officer at Washakie Medical Center.

“Through our partnership with Banner Health, we work with a number of excellent partners and have access to great education and training in the simulation program. Sharing that expertise with other rural healthcare providers benefits our neighbors and friends.”

Dr. Allen specializes in gynecologic laparoscopic surgery, gynecology and obstetrics. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed his internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center and his residency at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI. He has been in practice since April 1983. He is a member of the medical staff at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley which sees about 200 babies born every month. NCMC also offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.

Sorensen also will present at the conference. She was the 2012 recipient of the Norman S. Holt Award for Nursing Excellence from the Wyoming Hospital Association. The award recognized her interest in the profession and its improvement, creativity and innovation in nursing care and commitment to provide the highest quality care possible. Sorensen also is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and has presented to the group about the provision of safe obstetrical nursing care in a rural setting.

The seminar is free and includes lunch. It is open to nurses of all levels and service areas. Participants can register by calling (307) 347-6958 or online.

Washakie Medical Center is a county-owned hospital in Worland, WY, operated by Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems with 24 hospitals in seven states. The hospital offers expanding technology to meet the needs of the Big Horn Basin residents. For more information, visit

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