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Patrick Cobb

Hamilton County Hospital District

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Kevin Cunningham

Midlothian Fire Department

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Kenny Rogers

Lake Granbury Medical Center

Kenny has over 43 years serving as a Paramedic/Firefighter, RN, in Emergency services. His life goal in my career is to always do what’s right for our patients and hold each other up when times are hardest and pass along the lessons learned for the road. First recipient of the Emergency Department Clinical Practice Nurse of the year, Washington University School of Emergency Medicine Physicians Emergency Nurses Association St. Louis Chapter Clinical Practice Nurse of the year Co Author of Barnes Jewish Hospitals: BJC Emergency Department Nursing Survival Guide. Served as a Board Member Alaska ENA. Relocated to Texas from Alaska 5 years ago. Kenny is currently the Trauma and Emergency Management Coordinator as well as the EMS Liaison at Lake Granbury Medical Center in Granbury, Texas.

Billy Whitson

THR Presbyterian Plano Hospital

27-year veteran first responder that successfully transitioned into hospital leadership role promoting service lines in highly competitive market. Experienced in developing and implementing training programs and standard operating procedures as well as advising and reporting to executives for continued progress in productivity. Widely known expert in CBRNE education field providing exceptional insight into advanced problems leading to successful solutions.

Karen Yates

Methodist Hospital of Mansfield

Karen Yates is a Nursing Clinical Coordinator at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. In this role she serves as the Chest Pain Coordinator and EMS Liaison. She has led the hospital to successful accreditation from The Joint Commission as a Primary Heart Attack Center. Karen is a second term member of the Governors Advisory Council Cardiac Committee and serves as a Chair-Elect on the Cardiac Committee of the North Central Texas Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC). This committee facilitates cardiac care, EMS transport guidelines, public education, and quality improvement initiatives for a nineteen county region. Karen is also active with American Heart Associations Mission Life Line North Texas. Karen has over thirty five years of experience in pre-hospital and hospital management of the acutely ill and injured patient. She has worked as a ground and fixed wing transport paramedic. Her nursing background includes ICU, ED, and trauma Medical/Surgical. Karen has worked for Methodist Health System for thirty four years, working in positions such as ED Nurse Manager, ED Educator, EMS Manager, and staff nurse. Karen has extensive teaching experience. She holds instructor credentials in numerous nursing and EMS courses. Karen has coordinated numerous programs and courses including EMT and Paramedic training, as well as nursing and EMS conferences. She is a much sought after speaker at trauma, cardiac, emergency nurses, and EMS conferences. In addition to her work for Methodist Health System Karen also owns and operates a continuing education company. She specializes in continuing education for EMS providers. She is also active as a volunteer with the Dallas Area Crisis Response Team, First Responder Resiliency Program and Mental Health for Heroes.