Northern New England Stroke Conference


Purpose

The purpose of the annual stroke conference is to improve stroke care in Maine by providing clinicians with research and evidence-based best practices for use in their everyday treatment of stroke patients.


Target audience

This conference is appropriate for healthcare professionals who provide services for patients following a stroke. This includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, care coordinators, case managers, social workers, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapists and occupational therapists.


Agenda and speakers

8-8:15 a.m. Opening remarks - Jeanine Chesley
8:15-9:15 Keynote: Advances in Stroke Therapy: An exquisite example of the nexus between research, innovation and quality improvement - Donald St. Germain, M.D.
9:15-10:00 An Evidence-Based Approach to Medical Management in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation - Fred Fridman, D.O.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11 Prehospital Management of the Acute Stroke Patient - John W. Martel, M.D., Ph.D., FACEP
11:00-Noon A Wide-Angle Approach to Focal Spasticity Management After Stroke/The Role of Dynamic Orthotic Management in Augmenting Contracture Management Utilizing Botox - Ben Branch, D.O., and Jerald Cunningham
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:00
Session A: There’s an App for That: The use of technology for treatment and function - Sharon Hartl and Karen Yarumian
Session B: There’s an Activity for That - Kathy Kroll, Kate Beever and Hilary Zayed
Session C: Nursing Boot Camp - Eileen Hawkins
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:15
Session A: There’s an App for That: The use of technology for treatment - and function - Sharon Hartl and Karen Yarumian
Session B: Recognizing Anterior and Posterior Stroke Using BEFAST - Amy Cooney
Session C: Nursing Boot Camp - Eileen Hawkins
3:15-4:00 Survivor’s perspective


Guest presenters

Keynote presentation: DONALD L. ST. GERMAIN, M.D.

Former Vice President Research, Maine Medical Center Former Director, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Advances in Stroke Therapy: An exquisite example of the nexus between research, innovation and quality improvement

Dr. St. Germain is a physician investigator with a specialty in endocrinology. His research interests have focused on the actions of thyroid hormones on growth and development. He is recently retired from the positions of vice president for research at Maine Medical Center and director of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. He also served on faculty at Dartmouth Geisel Medical School for 29 years. One of his principal goals at Maine Medical Center was to engage and support multidisciplinary teams of investigators and caregivers in collaborative research projects that resulted in improvements in care and the care experience for MMC’s patients, their families and our communities.


FRED FRIDMAN, D.O., FAOBPMR

An Evidence-Based Approach to Medical Management in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation


JOHN W. MARTEL, M.D., PH.D., FACEP

Prehospital Management of the Acute Stroke Patient
This presentation focuses on the continued evolution of how stroke patients are identified, evaluated and managed in the prehospital environment in Maine.


BEN BRANCH, D.O. AND JERALD CUNNINGHAM, CPO

A Wide-Angle Approach to Focal Spasticity Management After Stroke/The Role of Dynamic Orthotic Management in Augmenting Contracture Management Utilizing Botox


SHARON HARTL, OTR/L AND KAREN YARUMIAN, MS, CCC-SLP

There’s an App for That: The use of technology for treatment and function
The impact that a stroke can have on a person can be devastating and leave them with the need to regain function through therapeutic interventions and to develop methods of compensation for lost skills. Over the course of the last decade, there has been an explosion of technological advances to assist therapists in addressing both of these areas with the stroke survivor. This presentation reviews the applications that can be utilized to address cognitive-linguistic deficits as well as to introduce technology relevant to increasing independence in instrumental activities of daily living.


AMY COONEY, RN, BSN, SCRN

Recognizing Anterior and Posterior Stroke Syndromes Using BEFAST
Current tools for rapid stroke identification may miss symptoms of anterior or posterior circulation stroke syndromes. In this session, we review common stroke syndromes related to anterior and posterior circulation and use of the BEFAST assessment to identify potential stroke patients.


EILEEN HAWKINS, RN, MSN, CNRN, SCRN

Nursing Boot Camp
This comprehensive session educates and updates nurses on stroke care in 2019. This course prepares nurses for all elements of stroke care and provides the tools needed to deliver quality and evidence-based care to our patients with acute stroke. Covered topics include primary and secondary stroke prevention, pathophysiology, mechanisms of stroke, current stroke protocols and therapies, most recent AHA/ASA clinical practice guideline updates, neurological assessment and more.


VALERIE KING

Survivor’s perspective
After suffering a stroke in May 2017, Valerie has consistently amazed her caregivers with her dedication to her recovery and willingness to do everything needed to regain her independence.


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If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Selberg at 207.662.8082 or kellie.selberg@encompasshealth.com.