The Third Annual, World MRSA Day kicks off in Chicago again this year. I have pasted the speakers and awardee lists below for your enjoyment. The event kicks off on October 1, but the actual day is October 2, 2011. It seems like this should be held next year in a place other than Chicago. Perhaps the Netherlands? I heard they had low MRSA rates.
Keynote Speaker is Dr. William R. Jarvis of Jason & Jarvis Associates LLC, a world-renowned MRSA expert and formerly with the CDC. Rob Stafford, anchor of the NBC Chicago evening news and contributing correspondent for NBC Dateline is the emcee. Dr. Jorge Parada, Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Loyola University Health System also will be presenting and MRSA survivors and their family members will speak and share their personal stories.
2011 awards: Barry M. Farr M.D., Emeritus of UVA is recipient of the "Humanitarian Award" for his outstanding work, dedication and service to raising awareness and preventing MRSA infections. "Man of the Year" award recipient is Loren G. Miller, M.D. M.P.H., Associate Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine and investigator of CA-MRSA treatment and prevention at the Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and 'Woman of the Year' is Illinois State Representative Patti Bellock. The "Public Service" award is presented to the Veterans Administration Health System for their exemplary dedication to patient safety in preventing MRSA infections. Loyola University Health System will receive the "Hospital Leader Award" for their dedication in reducing MRSA infections using ADI.