Public invited to head injury seminar

Head injuries and what to do about them is part of what will be discussed at a free seminar July 28 and the public is invited.

“Head injuries in children is the focus of the seminar which is being brought to the area by the E.L. Gibson Foundation,” Enterprise pediatrician and E.L. Gibson Foundation board member Dr. Danny Whitaker said. “We are having concussion specialists brought in to speak,” Whitaker said. “It’s free, open to parents, coaches, any interested citizen.”

Part of the Brunson/DuBois Distinguished Lecture Series, the seminar is from 1 until 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Enterprise State Community College Multi-Purpose Room.

Medical experts from the Division of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Division at the University of Alabama Birmingham will discuss “Concussion: From recognition to recovery.”

Dr. Heath Hale and Dr. Erin Swanson-Kimani will speak on concussion diagnosis, evaluation and management. Hale and athletic trainer Laura Sarrett will talk about communication and athletic trainer Drew Ferguson will address rules, regulations and state laws.

Longtime Enterprise pediatrician, the late Dr. Joe Herod, initiated the idea for a youth concussion seminar in this area, explained Whitaker. “Dr. Herod was just an awesome person and great friend and colleague,” he added about the man he calls his mentor. “Offering this seminar to the public is making a reality from a dream of his.”

The seminar is being brought to Enterprise by the E. L. Gibson Foundation, a non‐profit organization whose mission is to promote the health and well‐being of the citizens of its Southeast Alabama service area.

“To that end, the foundation provides scholarships for future healthcare providers and sponsors professional development for medical professionals,” Whitaker said. “The foundation also underwrites and contributes to many community‐based organizations which promote health‐related activities.”

The Brunson/DuBois Distinguished Lecture Series is a memorial series named in honor of Dr. Emmett Thomas Brunson and Dr. James DuBois and is funded by the E. L. Gibson Foundation and the Enterprise State Community College Foundation.

Brunson was born in Samson, received his training at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. and performed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Brunson joined the staff of Gibson Hospital in 1969 and later had an office at the Enterprise Medical Clinic where he served as the chief of staff, according to Whitaker. “He also served on the staff of the Enterprise Hospital and Nursing Home and as a trustee of the E. L. Gibson Foundation. He practiced internal medicine in Enterprise until his death in 1982.”

DuBois received his medical degree from Tulane University and in 1940 was recruited by Dr. E. L. Gibson to practice surgery in Enterprise”He was noted for his dedication to the medical profession, his surgical skill, and his personal integrity,” Whitaker said. “He retired from his surgical practice in 1984 and died in 1992.”

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