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Emergency Nurses Association Announces Corporate Sponsors for Leadership Conference

DES PLAINES, Ill., Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) today announced the corporate sponsors for the ENA Leadership Conference to be held in Portland on February 15-20, 2011.

This year's Strategic Sponsors are GE Healthcare, Stryker and Vidacare; the Strategic Supporters are Ethicon, Inc. and Hill-Rom; and the Leadership Conference Supporters are FreemanWhite ED Design Team, Gebauer Company, and Physio-Control.

"Health care is being transformed and emergency nurses are in a unique position to not only influence the policy debate but to also transform the delivery of care at the local level," said ENA President AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN.  "As emergency nursing leaders, Emergency Nurses Association members are meeting in Portland to not only discuss the future of patient care, but also to enhance our leadership skills so that we can be the strongest advocates possible for our patients and our profession."

This year's conference, with the theme Learn, Lead & Inspire will provide attendees with not only industry-leading, evidence-based education, but also the opportunity to share common challenges and best practices with other emergency nurses. Learn, Lead & Inspire will feature in-depth reviews of national issues facing emergency care professionals, educational sessions on patient care and practice issues and an exhibit hall featuring a plethora of suppliers of products and services for the emergency care environment.

About the ENA 2011 Strategic Sponsors:

GE Healthcare is making a new commitment to health. Healthymagination will change the way we approach healthcare, with more than 100 innovations all focused on addressing three critical needs: lowering costs, touching more lives and improving quality. For more information, visit

Stryker Medical designs, manufactures, sells and services specialty patient care and handling equipment for health care providers. Stryker Medical's innovating and easy to use products include stretchers, lateral transfer devices, temperature management solutions, support surfaces and furniture as well as ambulance cots and evacuation chairs for the emergency medical services industry. For more information, please visit

Vidacare Corporation's EZ-IO® Vascular Access System provides immediate vascular access for the delivery of essential fluids using the intraosseous (inside the bone) space when traditional IVs are difficult. The EZ-IO® is recognized as the technology standard for intraosseous access and has been inserted in over 350,000 patients worldwide. For more information, please visit

About the 2011 ENA Strategic Supporters:

Ethicon, Inc. has been a leader in surgical sutures for more than 100 years. With innovative technologies such as DERMABOND® Topical Skin Adhesive, Plus Antibacterial Sutures and FlexHD® Acellular Hydrated Dermis, Ethicon is focused on the specific needs of the nurse, patient and hospital. For more information, please visit

Hill Rom is a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and services for the healthcare industry, including patient support systems, non-invasive therapeutic products, medical equipment rentals and information technology solutions. For more information, visit

About the 2011 ENA Leadership Conference Supporters:

FreemanWhite is the only firm in the country with a specialized team focused on ED operations, planning and designing. FreemanWhite's ED Team includes emergency care professionals, process improvement specialists, architectural designers and equipment planners that have national experience in developing the most efficient EDs possible.

Gebauer Company provides Patient Comfort Solutions™. The company manufactures and markets topical skin refrigerant sprays used for controlling pain associated with injections, venipuncture, starting IVs and minor surgical procedures. Gebauer's Pain Ease ® is non-flammable and can be used on minor open wounds and oral mucous membranes. For more information, visit

Physio-Control, Inc. LIFEPAK® defibrillator/monitors and automated external defibrillators set the standard for quality and reliability and are used by more physicians, hospitals and emergency medical services than any other brand. Physio-Control continues to lead the industry through innovation and advanced technology. For more information, visit

For more information about the ENA Leadership Conference, visit the ENA website at

ENA is the only professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing and emergency care through advocacy, expertise, innovation and leadership.  Founded in 1970, ENA serves as the voice of 37,000 members and their patients through research, publications, professional development, injury prevention and patient education. Additional information is available at ENA's website

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