Mrsa | World MRSA Day Event To Broadcast Live - October 1, 2011


To: HEALTH AND NATIONAL EDITORS

CHICAGO, Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The third annual World MRSA Day kickoff event and Global MRSA Summit at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois on October 1, 2011 will broadcast live via web stream starting at 10:30 a.m. central time and can be viewed at www.worldmrsaday.org and www.MRSAsurvivors.org . The event is open to the public, free of charge and entire families are encouraged to attend.

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“The community and healthcare industry are uniting together to raise awareness of the worldwide MRSA epidemic,” states Jeanine Thomas, founder of World MRSA Day and MRSA Survivors Network . The 2011 global theme is “The MRSA Epidemic – A Call to Action.” World MRSA Day and World MRSA Awareness Month have been observed annually since 2009 to raise awareness and educate the public worldwide. MRSA Survivors Network has given hope and support to MRSA survivors and families since 2003 and runs the only MRSA crisis hot line in the United States.

Sponsors are: Tec Labs, Roche, Pfizer, Loyola University Health System and media sponsor NBC Chicago.

The October 1, 2011 annual kickoff event begins with the Remembrance Ceremony and bagpipe music by the Chicago Highlanders, followed by a prayer from Reverend Henry Soles, senior chaplain for the Chicago Bulls basketball team in honor of all of the MRSA victims around the world who have lost their life to this preventable disease. A moment of silence will be observed.


Mr. Rob Stafford, anchor for NBC Chicago nightly news and contributing correspondent for NBC Dateline is emcee. Dr. William R. Jarvis, president of Jason and Jarvis Associates LLC, a world-renowned MRSA expert and formerly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the keynote speaker. Also speaking are Illinois senate president John Cullerton, Dr. Jorge Parada – director of infectious disease and medical director of the infection control program at Loyola University Chicago, Jeanine Thomas of MRSA Survivors Network and MRSA survivors will share their personal stories. Soloist Tracy Jackson of Chicago will be performing.

MRSA Survivor Network’s 2011 award recipients are: Dr. Barry M. Farr – “Humanitarian Award,” “Woman of the Year” – Illinois State Rep. Patti Bellock, “Man of the Year” – Dr. Loren G. Miller, “Public Service Award” – Veterans Administration Health System, “Hospital Leader Award” – Loyola University Health System and “Legacy Sponsor Award” – Tec Laboratories, Inc.

A thirty minute seminar for the public will be conducted right after the awards ceremony. The seminar and presentation will teach individuals on how they can become a MRSA Survivors Champion in their community and raise awareness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) must immediately take a leadership position through the development and implementation of a worldwide MRSA surveillance and reporting system. Such a system would facilitate the collection of data on MRSA infections and colonization. The public release of such data would illustrate the true magnitude of the MRSA pandemic worldwide and facilitate the implementation of evidence-based prevention interventions that are so desperately needed.


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