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SJMO Michigan Stroke Network To Host Stroke Conference - Archived
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Michigan Stroke Network
To Host Conference On Stroke

‘Innovations and Trends in Stroke Care’ Topic of Conference

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO)’s Michigan Stroke Network (MSN) will host its third annual CME conference Sept. 20 and 21, 2013, at the Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, MI 49683. Theme of the conference is “Innovations and Trends in Stroke Care.”

The two-day event will devote a portion of the program to the role of nurses in stroke care. Highlighting the forum will be a demonstration of an MSN remote robotic stroke consultation.

This educational conference is aimed at neurologists, neurosurgeons, Emergency physicians/nurses, medical first responders/Emergency medical technicians, advance practice/Neuroscience nurses, Internal Medicine practitioners, Family Medicine practitioners, General Practice physicians, hospitalists and allied health professionals.

Speakers and their topics include:
Friday—Nursing Symposium

  • Pratik Bhattacharya, MD, SJMO vascular neurologist, “Evidence-Based Reasoning Behind Stroke Performance Measures”
  • Shellie Duenas, RN, SJMO Neuroscience quality specialist, “Quality Performance Measure Review:  A comparison of two institutional processes and their success stories”
  • Kathleen Glaza, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Christine Peplinski, RN, CMSRN, Munson Medical Center, “Quality Performance Measure Review:  A comparison of two institutional processes and their success stories”
  • Gail Schramek, MSN, NP-C, CNRN, SJMO Nurse Practitioner, “Do You See What I See:  A Focused NIHSS Assessment—An Assessment Made Easy”

Saturday—Symposium Open to All

  • Kumar Rajamani, MD, SJMO vascular neurologist, “Acute Stroke Protocols Modified”
  • Cesar Hidalgo, MD, neurologist, Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center,  “A Primary Stroke Center as a Partner Hospital in the Michigan Stroke Network”
  • Kersti Bruining, MD, neurologist, Munson Medical Center, “Care of the Post-Stroke Patient
  • Pratik Bhattacharya, MD, “Anticoagulation Beyond Coumadin”
  • Andrew Xavier, MD, SJMO Medical Director of Neurovascular Services, “Recent Controversies in the Role of Intervention in Stroke”
  • Aniel Majjhoo, MD, SJMO vascular and interventional neurologist, “Our Experience with New Devices for Stroke Intervention”
  • Ramesh Madhavan, MD, SJMO Director of Telemedicine, Demonstration:  Telemedicine Consultation
  • Connie Parliament, RN, MSN, CNRN, Director of Neuroscience Services,  and Andrew Xavier, MD, “2013 Michigan Stroke Network Update and Michigan Stroke Network 2.0”

Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO, and Alfred E. Pilong Jr., FACHE, President of Munson Medical Center, will deliver opening remarks on Saturday.

SJMO Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Michael Smith, DO, will serve as master of ceremonies, direct the question-and-answer session and deliver closing remarks.

The two-day conference will include refreshments, a cocktail hour, networking and an opportunity to meet with vendors.

Physicians who attend the program will receive 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s) ™ for participating.  Nurses who attend are eligible for three CME credits for the Sept. 20 events and 5.5 CME credits for Saturday’s activities.

Cost of the conference is $25 for nurses and allied health professionals for Friday only; $75 for nurses and allied health professionals for both days (includes cocktail reception); and $150 for physicians, and includes Friday events, cocktail reception, networking and Saturday symposium.

Registration deadline is Sept. 15.  Additional details are available by contacting Karen Parrott, Continuing Medical Education Coordinator, 248-858-6225 or online at