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Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

October 28, 2003
CONTACT: Amy Cowles
(410) 516-7800

Student Emergency Responders to Host
National Conference

The Johns Hopkins University Emergency Response Organization (HERO) has been selected by the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation (NCEMSF) to host the foundation's 11th annual conference Friday, Feb.27, through Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore.

The conference will feature medical skills competitions, vendor exhibitions, and discussion forums focused on current collegiate emergency medical services issues. Presenters will include the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and emergency crews from the Baltimore area.

The student volunteers say that being chosen to host the national conference is considered one of the highest honors for undergraduate groups like HERO, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year. Organized in 1983 as the First Aid Squad, HERO, now with 70 members, has expanded its services over the years to provide 24-hour emergency care to faculty, staff, students and visitors to the university's Homewood campus, treating minor injuries or summoning medical professionals for more serious cases. Its response unit staff teams with the Security Department and the Student Health and Wellness Center as standby medics for campus events and as emergency responders dispatched by campus security officers. The group responds to an average of 250 medical emergencies each year. Volunteers are trained emergency medical technicians and American Red Cross first responders, providing round-the-clock basic life support services during the academic year. The instructional branch of the organization offers classes in emergency response, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation at the community and professional levels.

Founded in 1993, NCEMSF supports, promotes, and advocates emergency medical services on college and university campuses throughout the country. A non-profit professional organization, it provides a forum for discussion of campus-based emergency response issues. Approximately 200 colleges and universities nationwide provide campus-based emergency medical services. Additional information is available online at www.ncemsf.org/.

To speak with the students, contact Amy Cowles at 410-516-7160. Digital photos are available upon request. Visit the Johns Hopkins University Emergency Response Organization online at http://heru.jhu.edu/.

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