SAFETY/NASCAR: Safety analyst and medical team announced

SAFETY/NASCAR: Safety analyst and medical team announced

Post by pr.. » Sun, 10 Feb 2002 00:31:48

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR announced Thursday the appointment of
a safety analyst and three medical liaisons in full-time positions,
beginning with the upcoming 2002 season.

"With these positions, we are delivering on a commitment we made last
year as part of our latest safety initiatives," NASCAR President Mike
Helton said. "Following a diligent search, we were able to identify and
hire individuals who possess the experience and background we desired.

"The group's members are currently becoming oriented with the details
of their roles and extremely busy preparing for the start of the season
with Speedweeks arriving. As the opportunity presents itself throughout
the season, they will begin integrating and familiarizing themselves
among the NASCAR community."

Jerry Kaproth, a retired Minnesota State Patrol district commander, has
been named as the safety analyst.

Kaproth's responsibilities will include investigating the results of
race incidents and aiding NASCAR's engineering group with accident
reconstruction.

He possesses extensive professional experience in vehicle accident
investigation and reconstruction from his 20-year career with the
Minnesota State Patrol (1977-97). Most recently, he served as an
accident reconstruction specialist for his own company, Kaproth
Consulting, since retiring from the state patrol.

Kaproth also has served as a teacher in Accident Reconstruction at
the University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and
Management, from 1985-2000 and Central Missouri State University in
1984.

Kaproth, of Woodbury, Minn., will work at NASCAR's new Research and
Development Center in Conover, N.C.

Robin Morrisey, Denese Meeks and Lance Davin were appointed as medical
liaisons, and each will be assigned to one of NASCAR's national series -
NASCAR Winston Cup Series; NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division;
and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

The role of the medical liaison will be to gather and maintain detailed
medical histories of the drivers and coordinate medical services with
the track, drivers, crew members and local hospitals. The liaison's
interfacing among the involved groups will enhance overall communication
among the different parties.

Morrisey, of San Diego, Calif., will be responsible for the NASCAR
Winston Cup Series. She brings eight years of nursing experience, the
most recent being a nurse practitioner the past two years at the Heart
Failure Clinic at Pomerado Hospital in San Diego. She also has served
as a staff nurse (1994-98) and a clinical research nurse (1998-2001)
during her nursing career. Morrisey, a 1993 graduate of Bowling Green
University, added a master's degree in nursing from the University of
San Diego last year.

Meeks, of Deltona, Fla., will work with the NASCAR Busch Series after
more than a decade in nursing and health care management. She most
recently served as the quality management nurse for Humana, Inc.
in Ormond Beach, Fla. At Humana, her responsibilities involved 10
primary-care physician's offices, which encompassed more than 8,000
members. She previously served in a management capacity as well with
Gambro Healthcare in Volusia County.

Davin, of Chapel Hill, N.C., possesses 18 years of nursing experience
and will be assigned to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Davin, a
registered nurse and certified nurse operating room (CNOR), arrives from
the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill where he served
as a nurse education clinician for the surgical services division.

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