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Greensboro Stroke Event a Great Success

“This conference was extremely timely and pertinent. I am starting next week as the stroke coordinator for a local hospital. Every presentation inspired me with great ideas. I went to a previous stroke conference with Greensboro AHEC and now this one. I will make sure to attend all – and bring more staff with me! THANK YOU THANK YOU to all involved in putting this together.”

- conference participant

Greensboro AHEC’s Annual Acute Stroke Treatment Update, held May 3, 2011, has a proven history of providing high quality and innovative educational sessions presented by distinguished regional and national faculty who specialize in stroke care. This year, national stroke expert Debbie Summers, MSN, ACNS-BC, CNRN, CCRN, FAHA, stroke coordinator, Saint Luke’s Brain & Stroke Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, presented on the development and management of St. Luke’s acute stroke program, and shared some of the facility’s successes with evidenced-based protocols, process innovations, clinical outcome data, and clinical research trials. Summers also provided case studies that analyzed complex stroke treatment decisions.

Conference participants were able to learn about the most recent advances and treatment options for stroke patients, and the many efforts and skills of the members of the multidisciplinary stroke team. One participant noted, “The case studies were very thought provoking. I also think that understanding how St. Luke's capitalized on their resources to build such a strong stroke program is fascinating and a great model for other hospitals.”

AphasiaA unique aspect about this year’s program was a session by Carl McIntyre. “We invited Carl to share his personal journey of recovery after he suffered a massive stroke in 2005 that left him with aphasia,” explained Christopher Golding, RN, BSN, continuing nursing education (CNE) coordinator, Greensboro AHEC. “Carl stars as himself in the critically-acclaimed short film Aphasia and the audience at the conference got an opportunity to view the film and learn more about aphasia, a neurological disorder that affects language that is not well understood, even by the health care community.” A Q&A session with McIntyre, the producers and directors, and Katarina Haley, PhD, CCC-SLP, associate professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, followed the film screening. “The conference participants were touched by Carl’s moving story and determined spirit that inspired everyone to never give up,” Golding continued. “Registered participants were able to bring guests from the community to see the film and meet Carl. Community participants included stroke survivors, aphasia support group members, family members and students.”

Some examples of participant feedback:

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