Fayetteville VAMC To Host Operation OpioidSAFE - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VAMC To Host Operation OpioidSAFE

November 1, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) will host the first Joint DoD/VA Pain Conference, Operation OpioidSAFE, at the medical center auditorium from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 7.  Military leaders and subject matter experts will discuss pain management, opioid addiction, therapy and strategies to reduce overdose rates in Fayetteville, Fort Bragg and Cumberland County.
            “This is a unique opportunity for mental health professionals, physicians, support staff and Veterans to learn about pain management, intervention and rehabilitation for opioid addiction,” said Elizabeth Goolsby, Director of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.  “The Medical Center will continue partnering with our community experts to ensure Veterans receive the best care possible.”
            Guest speakers will include:  LTC Anthony Dragovich, MD, Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) Chief of Anesthesiology and Continuing Medical Education Director.  Dragovich is an expert in Comprehensive and Interventional pain medicine with extensive expertise in systemic opioid prescription and monitoring.  Thomas Weber, DO, LTC (Ret), specializes in Comprehensive pain medicine.  LTC Donald Algeo, DO, WAMC Chief, Pain Clinic, specializes in Interventional Pain Management and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Major Michael Bartoszek, MD, WAMC board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine and is currently the director of the WAMC Pain Management Clinic.  Fred Wells Brason II is the President/CEO, Project Lazarus, a community-based opioid overdose prevention model that reaches NC and various parts of the USA including the US Military and Tribal Groups.  Brason is also the Project Director for Community Care of North Carolina¹s Medicaid Management System Statewide Chronic Pain Initiative. 
            The conference is open to employees, Veterans and their families and the general public.
            Media requesting to attend should RSVP. by Tuesday, November 6.   Contact Robin DeMark, Fayetteville VAMC Public Affairs Officer, at (910) 488-2120 ext 5991 or email Robin.Demark@VA.Gov.
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