Spring Fever Trauma Conference

23rd Annual Conference

April 14, 2018 | Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center

Providence is pleased to offer this free, high quality trauma CNE-accredited conference. We have outstanding speakers who can teach trauma care from their personal experiences, and relate to the issues we face in rural Montana—isolated areas, long distances, extreme weather, delayed discovery and prolonged transport to a hospital.

We know there will be something for every provider who attends. Hope to see you there!

Vendor Fair

Multiple vendors will be on display at the conference center to provide information on their products and services. Take the opportunity during breaks to network with colleagues and visit company representatives to review the latest products, medications, services and technologies in the health care industry.


Blocks of rooms for reduced conference rate at the following hotels:

  • Hilton: 406-532-5300
  • Hamptons Inn: 406-549-1800
  • Ruby’s Inn: 406-721-0990
  • Marriott: 406-274-9002

Be sure to mention St. Patrick Hospital Spring Fever Trauma Conference when you make your reservations to receive this special rate. Reserve your rooms early all blocks will be released for general rate on April 10.

Target Audience - Spring Fever Trauma Conference

The topics presented at this conference target: midlevel practitioners (APRNs, PAs, etc.), nurses and pre-hospital personnel involved with emergency resuscitation and critical care management. To meet the needs of all participants, breakout sessions and skills labs are offered for specific groups (mid-level, hospital and pre-hospital). Everyone is welcome to attend any lecture. However, some material may not be pertinent to the individual’s specialty, so please make your choices on what suits you best.

Spring Fever is a one-day conference of didactic lectures to provide these front line providers with an opportunity to explore several aspects of trauma care. Continuing trauma education is vital to improving patient outcome and provides an excellent opportunity to review and refine protocols to ensure the best care for the injured patient. This conference will address many topics that face field and hospital personnel in the rural setting. 

Trauma Conference Topic Summaries & Schedule

 7 a.m.

Registration/Sign in

 8 a.m.


J. Bradley B. Pickhardt, MD, FACS

 8:10 a.m.

Las Vegas Mass Casualty/Active Shooter; First Responder and Hospital Response

On October 1, 2017 Las Vegas experienced the largest mass shooting in United States history. This presentation highlights Michelle Cole, RN, a nurse/concert attendee’s personal experience—first fleeing for safety, then returning to venue perimeter as a first responder; and Scott Scherr, MD, who will highlight EMS and Hospital ED response to this tragedy, discuss what was learned and how the challenges of this evening were handled.

10:10 a.m.

Gunshots, Invisible Wounds and the Pediatric Surgeon & Anesthesiologist Roles in the Las Vegas MCI

Sharing the perspectives of Nick Fiore, MD - Trauma and Pediatric Surgeon, and Stephanie Davidson, DO - Anesthesiology at Sunrise Hospital that evening. They will discuss their roles as well as lessons learned.

11:10 a.m.

Break with Vendors

11:30 a.m.

General Sessions

  • Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Montana and the United States
    Presented by Heidi Kendall, MPA, C-QPR instructor. Suicide is a major public health issue and the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Montana has a much higher suicide rate, ranking in the top five states over the last several decades and second in 2016, after Alaska. We know from research that suicide is preventable. This talk will cover what we know about Montana suicides and proven ways we can prevent them looking forward.
  • Stepping On – Evidence Based Fall Prevention Program
    Presented by Mary Thane, PT, GCS - Geriatric Clinical specialist. Falls are a major threat, especially for individuals over age 65. One-third of people over 65 fall each year; two-thirds will have another fall within six months. Montana is ranked in the top ten with the highest fatal fall rate for all ages. We will be discussing strategies to change behaviors to prevent falls and how prevention programs can assist those frequent fallers.
12:20 p.m.


Trauma Trivia

 1:05 p.m.

Liability in the Digital Age

Attorney Tammi Fisher will provide knowledge about the do’s and don’ts of sharing information via social media.

 2 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • EMS Breakout Session: EMS Transport of Children
    Jason Mahoney, NRP will examine regulations, recommendations and best practices for safe transport of children in ambulances. We will also discuss the five primary scenarios EMS staff may encounter when responding to emergencies requiring the transport of children, and participants will be presented the do’s and don’ts of pediatric transport in an interactive format with real life examples.
  • Hospital Breakout: Over But Not Forgotten - the Second Victim Phenomenon
    Presented by Nick Fiore, MD. Heath care professionals' stress response to not only the mass casualty, but also to the daily trauma observed. How to manage PTSD and care for yourself as a health care provider.
 2:45 p.m.

Break with Vendors


 3:05 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • EMS Hands-on Skills Stations: Trench Training and Stop the Bleed
    Led by City Fire, MESI and Aerie. Skill Sessions will be held at Fire Station 4, 3011 Latimer
  • Hospital Hands on Skills Station: Neuro Collars, Ventrics, Bolts and Halos
    Led by Tina Barker, FNP; Jennifer Scalise, PA-C; Allison Onstad, RN; and Damien Powledge PA-C.
  • Peds Mock Code
    Led by Jason Mahoney, NRP - State Pediatric Education Consultant 

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