The Jefferson Neuroscience Network, which offers a telemedicine service for acute stroke patients, invited stroke teams from their network of 37 hospitals to attend a first-of-its kind leadership forum. “Registration for this conference required teams to participate,” said Maureen Deprince, BA, RN, CCRN, SCRN, Director of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network. “Every team member – physicians, nurses, coordinators, therapists and managers – brings a unique perspective to stroke care that we wanted to fully explore. The goal was to share best practices, stimulate new ideas and inspire teams to bring what they learn back to their hospital in order to bring their stroke program to a new level.”
The 110 attendees participated in three interactive brainstorming sessions to improve care they provide to their patients. Speakers and facilitators included Karen Greenberg, MD, an emergency room physician from Aria – Jefferson Health, Qaisar Shah, MD, a neurointerventional radiologist from Abington – Jefferson Health and Eric Black, a case manager from Pocono Medical Center. The forum kicked off with a lecture from Mark Ellis, Broward County Fire Chief, addressing the importance of a stroke system of care in this region.
“Jefferson Neuroscience Network holds two educational conferences for our member hospitals per year,” said Deprince. “They have been a huge success in providing education in neuroscience care, but we wanted to develop a new program that was more interactive and focused on performance improvement. It is important to us that our partners recognize that by working together we have the power to make a huge impact in advancing stroke care in the region.” The program came together with the support and expertise of Giuliana Labella, BSN, BA, RN, of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network; Deborah Murphy, CRNP, of Abington – Jefferson Health, and Julie Devries,MSN, RN of Aria – Jefferson Health.
“This program demonstrates that the Jefferson Neuroscience Network is about so much more than telemedicine,” said Deprince. “Our goal is to improve stroke care for every patient in every one of our hospitals by providing education, collaborating and always striving to raise the bar in providing the best care in stroke.”