Print
Health Care

Wilmington To Host Disaster Preparedness Conference On Cancer Treatment

By Johanna Cano, posted Jun 21, 2019
Area hospital and health care leaders will meet Saturday for the N.C. Radiation Oncology Disaster Preparedness Conference, a statewide session hosted in Wilmington, according to a news release.

The conference was established following Hurricane Florence, which interrupted treatment for some cancer patients who were undergoing radiation therapy when the storm made landfall in September, according to the release.

“The goal is to establish disaster preparedness guidelines, protocols and a proactive radiation oncology network and safety net to minimize or eliminate the interruption of radiation treatment during future natural disasters or other catastrophic events,” stated the release.

The conference is hosted by South East Area Health Education Center, a nonprofit that seeks to bring medical service to rural communities and offer continuing education for physicians, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Greensboro-based Cone Health.

As of Friday morning, about 56 people had signed up to attend, according to Julian March, spokesman for NHRMC.

Speakers at the conference include Michael Papagikos, conference co-director and radiation oncologist with NHRMC, and Matthew Manning, conference co-director and interim chief of oncology with Cone Health.

Both Papagikos and Manning have been leading efforts to ensure preparations are in place for radiation oncology patients in the event of a future storm.

"Cancer patients are a particularly vulnerable patient population and natural disasters can threaten the continuity of their care. Treatment protocols are carefully designed to occur over a very specific time period,” Papagikos said in an email. “Radiation therapy, for example, is often scheduled daily for anywhere from 2 to 9 weeks. It is very important that once patients start their treatment that they finish on schedule. When there are interruptions during a course of radiation, the effectiveness of the treatment can be compromised, resulting in worse outcomes."

Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to deliver remarks from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The conference will take place at Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront at 9 Estell Lee Place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“This interactive conference will bring together industry leaders in healthcare, technology,
and disaster management providing an innovative platform for robust dialog and solutions,” stated a conference brochure.

Discussions topics will include the Hurricane Florence experience, barriers related to transferring care, disaster preparedness in health care and cloud-based solutions and risks.
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Michaelhiggins 41019104338

Oleander Memorial Gardens Offers New Final Family Resting Places

Michael Higgins - Dignity Memorial
Billhunter300x300 b&w

Planning Your Marketing for Seasonality

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company
Aaeaaqaaaaaaaaidaaaajdhiztrkodm0lte2yjetngrkmy1hotrmltawmdvlmwqyztmymw

CIE Launches a Proven Program to Propel Startup Success

Diane Durance - UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Trending News

More Retail Tenants Announced For RiverLights In Wilmington

Cece Nunn - Jul 22, 2019

Proclaim Interactive Acquires Raleigh Marketing Agency

Johanna Cano - Jul 22, 2019

In The Current Issue

Info Junkie: Logan Thompson

Welcome Home Angel executive director Logan Thompson shares her top tech and informational tools....


From Catering To Dining In

A local couple's new restaurant, Savor Southern Kitchen, is expanding of their catering company's success....


Using Tech To Fight Addiction

The opioid epidemic motivated local entrepreneurs to see how they can apply technology to solve a community problem....

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Power Breakfast - The H Word (June 13, 2019)
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Health Care Heroes 2018