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Michigan Stroke Network to Host Conference
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Michigan Stroke Network To Host ‘Innovations And Trends In Stroke Care’ Conference

Conference to Focus on Telemedicine and Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Stroke

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Michigan Stroke Network (MSN) will host a conference on the latest innovations in stroke care Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 6800 E. Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48858.

Established by SJMO in 2006, the MSN provides expert stroke care to partner hospitals through telemedicine—the use of telecommunications and information technology to provide remote clinical health care.  The MSN offers:

  • On-demand access to vascular stroke specialists
  • 24/7 access to tertiary care and neuroendovascular expertise
  • Triage of complex cases to an accredited stroke center of excellence
  • Timely delivery of appropriate care
  • Network-wide stroke awareness and education for EMS, community and clinicians, and
  • Elimination of inappropriate patient transfers.

SJMO is Michigan’s first Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Entitled, “Innovations and Trends in Stroke Care,” the conference will focus on current and comprehensive practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of acute stroke.  It also will serve to educate about the evolution of telemedicine in providing access to specialty care.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. with opening remarks from Jack Weiner, President and CEO, SJMO; Robert Frank, Vice Dean, CMO, CEO, Wayne State University; and Joy Calloway, Associate Vice President, Community and Rural Network Development, SJMO.

Topics to be covered and their presenters are: 

  • Time Is Brain:  Emergency Room Treatment of Acute Stroke, Robert Cohen, MD, Emergency Medicine, SJMO
  • Multispecialty Management in Acute Stroke, Kumar Rajamani, MD, DM, Vascular Neurologist, SJMO
  • Intravenous Thrombolysis: Contemporary Considerations, Pratik Bhattacharya, MD, Vascular Neurologist, SJMO
  • Endovascular Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke, Aniel Majjhoo, MD, Vascular Neurologist, SJMO
  • Evolution of Aneurysm Management in the 21st Century, Andrew Xavier, MD, Director of Neuroendovascular Services, SJMO, and a course director
  • Controversies in Telemedicine, Ramesh Madhavan, MD, Director of Telemedicine Services, SJMO, and a course director
  • Rural Telemedicine Expansion, Douglas Romer, RN, Executive Director, Patient Care Services, Grande Ronde Hospital, LaGrande, Ore.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will have a better understanding of:

  • Current guidelines in the pre-hospital and emergency department management of acute stroke
  • Contemporary considerations for intravenous thrombolysis and endovascular therapies to treat acute stroke syndromes
  • Current controversies in telemedicine care and expansion to other disease entities to optimize access to care
  • How telemedicine and be used for other disease entities to optimize access to care.

Connie Parliament, RN, MSN, CNRN, Clinical Director of Neuroscience Services and the Michigan Stroke Network, will deliver closing remarks. In her presentation, she will give an overview of the stroke network’s achievements during the past year.

The conference is aimed at Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Emergency Physicians and Nurses, Medical First Responders and Emergency Medical Technicians, Advance Practice and Neuroscience Nurses, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and General Practice Physicians.

The Michigan Stroke Network is affiliated with the Wayne State University Physicians Group.
The conference meets the criteria for a maximum of (4.5) AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™.

Continental breakfast and luncheon will be served.  Registration fee is $75 and includes all course materials, processing of CME credits, continental breakfast, breaks and lunch.  Checks should be made payable to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and mailed to Karen Parrott, Med Ed, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac, MI 48341.  Credit card registration also will be accepted. Participants may also register by calling Parrott at 248-858-6225 or by faxing their registration to her at 248-858-3244, attention Karen Parrott.

For further details, contact Parrott by phone or by email at