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All-star cast planned for upcoming CAMLS healthcare symposium

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The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa is partnering with the Gunster law firm to host a healthcare symposium looking at expanding health care in Florida.

The October 13 event will run from 1 p.m. until 5:45 p,m. with a cocktail reception afterward.

Healthcare executives will form panels to discuss various components of the current healthcare climate in Florida.

Those include former U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, who is the senior vice president of public policy and community engagement for Florida Blue, Florida Association of Community Health Centers’ CEO Andrew Behrman, Broward Health’s Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Brian Graves, the assistant dean of the Master’s program at the USF College of Nursing, Joe Johnson, head of Florida Hospital Carrollwood and South Florida Pediatric Homecare head Barbara Sharief.

Florida state Sen. Joe Negron will provide a legislative update. Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong will deliver the keynote address.

Bruce Lamb and Derek Bruce from Gunster will serve as moderators during panel sessions along with former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux.

CAMLS is one of the latest additions to downtown Tampa’s growing emphasis on the healthcare industry. It offers continued medical training for doctors and students from across the globe by utilizing the latest in medical technologies.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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