Safety analyst and medical team announced

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 ...

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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