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In This Issue
Dr. Steven Wexner, Weston, FL, ASCRS President; Dr. Alan Thorson, Omaha, NE, President-elect
Vancouver Annual Meeting sets attendance record
Presidential Address:
Outgoing President Dr. David Back outlines value of “Choosing your Goals”
ASCRS retains AMA House of Delegates seat

High quality drives DC&R’s Impact Factor to 2.819

Results of Operative Competency Evaluation Committee’s first technical skills assessment exam “very exciting”
ASCRS awards three National Media Awards; two special media and advocacy awards
Awards honor accomplishments, papers, presentations, posters, videos
2011 International Scholar Report: Memorable ASCRS Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal surgery services in Bangladesh
2010 International Scholar Report: Fellowship experience will enhance delivery of colorectal care in Jamaica
Health policy scholarship prepared Dr. Robert Cima to take leadership role in shaping U.S. healthcare system
Society extends CBS HealthWatch™ Campaign, Participates in Final 4 “Coaches Huddle”
Great Comebacks® honors Chuck Wielgus, Heidi Cross, RN
ASCRS Premier Partners
ASCRS Committee Chairs, 2011-12
ASCRS Welcomes New Fellows, Members, Candidates
Call for abstracts, 2010 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, June 2-6
Working models of Society’s own case log system for MOC reviewed in Vancouver
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Great Comebacks® honors Chuck Wielgus, Heidi Cross, RN

Dr. Haq and Dr. Goldberg
Chuck Wielgus

The Great Comebacks® Program has named Chuck Wielgus, Executive Director of USA Swimming, its 2011 National Award Winner, and has given Heidi H. Cross, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CWOCN, its Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse Great Comebacks® Award. Both presentations were made at the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society’s 43rd Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Wielgus, of Colorado Springs, CO, was honored for his work in raising awareness and in helping others who need ostomy surgery. He has remained a dynamic force in U.S. swimming after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer and having ostomy surgery. After the surgery, he led the U.S. team at the Beijing Games in 2008. He is also Chief Executive Officer of the USA Swimming Foundation.

“Great Comebacks® is proud to recognize Chuck for his strength of heart and mind, and for helping us change misperceptions and build greater awareness of living life with an ostomy,” said Rolf Benirschke, Founder and Chairman, Great Comebacks® Program.

Cross, a board-certified family nurse practitioner and WOC nurse at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY, was recognized for her exceptional care to patients as a WOC nurse, volunteer with an ostomy clinic, and founder of an ostomy support group.

Dr. Haq and Dr. Goldberg
Heidi Cross, RN (right), was recognized for her exceptional care to patients, including Great Comebacks® award winner Linda Pasto, RN (left).

“Cross is a wonderful example of a nurse who regularly goes the extra mile to help patients achieve a full recovery and live a healthier life,” said Phyllis Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN and President, WOCN Society. “She is a great example of the dedication that so many nurses in our field demonstrate every day.”

By sharing their stories, Great Comebacks® recipients provide support and encouragement to millions of patients affected by these debilitating conditions or facing ostomy surgery,” says Benirschke, former San Diego Chargers place-kicker and ulcerative colitis patient.

The awards are sponsored by ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, in partnership with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), WOCN, and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).