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Greensboro AHEC and Moses Cone Health System Stroke Center Present Annual "Stroke Bowl"

Greensboro AHEC and the Moses Cone Health System Stroke Center celebrate the success of the annual “Stroke Bowl,” an innovative, interactive, entertaining and exciting continuing education activity that began in 2008. Greensboro AHEC has assisted with the development and management of this activity since its inception.

Moses Cone Health System employees, from a variety of departments, form teams and serve as the contestants of this Jeopardy-style game show. The teams proudly display their team color T-shirt, and compete in three rounds of Stroke Bowl Jeopardy for the Grand Prize - a trophy that is engraved with the winning team name and displayed in the department for one year. The individuals from the winning team then split up and compete in the final round. The individual with the highest score is recognized with a cash gift.

Sharon Biby, RN, MSN, ANP, GNP, Director of the Moses Cone Health System Stroke Center, in proper referee attire, explains the rationales for correct and incorrect answers while emphasizing key concepts, best practice guidelines for stroke treatment and stroke prevention, and the Joint Commission’s core measures for evaluation of care of the stroke patient. Rita Mintmier, RN, BSN, CNRN, Coordinator of the Moses Cone Health System Stroke Center, facilitates the Stroke Bowl activity and also helps to clarify content. Doug Allred, Public Relations Specialist of Moses Cone Health System, serves as the Emcee for the event and incorporates humor while making sure teams provide their answer in the form of a question.

Poster presentations that highlight stroke practice in various settings are also displayed throughout the day. Posters are judged, and three winners are announced at the end of the day. Audience members are also given opportunities to win great prizes.

The audience, ranging from 80 to over 100 participants, has included health professionals from Moses Cone and from other settings in the Greensboro AHEC region and across the state, who are committed to improving their clinical practice related to stroke. Several disciplines are represented including nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and interventional radiology and CT technology.

For a small fee, registered participants are able to learn about stroke and network with other professionals, have a continental breakfast and a catered buffet lunch, and earn CE credit. Free gallery seating is also available for those people who are not able to register for the event but would like to drop in to learn and to watch the teams and contestants compete. Past gallery participants include Davidson County Community College senior nursing students and Moses Cone pharmacy residents.

Representatives from the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative (NCSCC) have set up a display table at the Stroke Bowl to highlight their efforts to collect real-time data on stroke treatment within North Carolina hospitals, and to develop a standard, national registry for improving stroke outcomes.

Some past participant feedback includes: