Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Plans Annual Protecting Families Spring Conference
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The Mercy Child Advocacy Center, a service of Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City, will host its annual spring Protecting Families Conference on Friday, April 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Convention Center.

The continuing education conference for physicians, nurses, midlevel practitioners, social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, law enforcement officers and educators is designed to provide the latest information about the recognition, treatment, prosecution and prevention of child abuse.

Robert Hugh Farley, MS, a retired commanding officer of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Child Exploitation Unit in Chicago, will address conference attendees on the topic of Investigating Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children. As a highly decorated detective, unit supervisor and Deputy United States Marshal, he has over 28 years of experience conducting and supervising all aspects of child abuse investigation – from sexual abuse to child homicide.

Deadra Stanton, MS, holds a Master’s in Education from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. She is owner and presenter for her company, Creative Communications and has been a teacher for English, Speech and Theater for over 25 years. When not in the classroom, Deadra is a frequent and motivational humorist for numerous audiences across the nation. Her topic will be “Don’t Shoot Skinny Rabbits!”

Continuing education credit will be awarded for healthcare professionals, those in the field of mental health services, and social workers. Early registration fee for the conference prior to April 4 is $35 and $45 for those who register after that date. For more information about the conference, visit Mercy’s web site at, or call (712) 279-2507.

For more Information, contact:
Jim Wharton, VP of Marketing and Business Development
(712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682