Trainings & Conferences – Minnesota Stroke Conference

Trainings & Conferences
2016 Minnesota Stroke Conference

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The Minnesota Stroke Conference brings together over 250 staff and other partners to share best practice strategies and tools for improving stroke care in Minnesota. The conference provides a networking opportunity for health care professionals, public health professionals, and stroke advocates.


The registration fee is $65. Event registration and payment. Select 2016 Minnesota Stroke Conference in the drop down menu. To claim CME credits, you must use the same email address that is associated with your AHA’s Professional Education Center account. NO refunds will be offered. Capacity for this conference is limited, so register early.

Exhibit tables are limited and provided as “First-come, First-served.” The for-profit exhibitor fee is $750, and non-profit exhibitor fee is $250. All exhibitor fees include registration for up to three staff. Register the primary contact for your agency and an MDH staff will contact you to register up to two additional attendees.

Event registration and payment. Select the exhibitor type in the drop down menu.

Deadline for registration is May 20, 2016.

DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis North
2200 Freeway Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55430

Hotel accommodations – Room block is available at a rate of $109 per night plus tax. Book online at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis North or make reservations at (800) 481-3556 and ask for the stroke conference group rate.

Conference Objectives

  • Educate attendees on the latest developments in acute stroke treatment and management
  • Learn to apply recent research in EMS and pre-hospital care, hospital care, and transitions in care
  • Provide a networking opportunity for health care professionals in Minnesota

Who Should Attend?

Stroke Program Coordinators, Nurses, Physicians, Quality Improvement Directors, Rehabilitation Specialists, Health Educators, EMS Professionals, Stroke Advocates

Continuing Education Credits

CME credits have been applied for and will be offered through the American Heart Association (AHA) for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and EMT/Paramedics. Sign Up with the AHA Professional Education Center if you plan to claim credits and do not already have an account.

Guest Lecturers

Opening Keynote Presentation

Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNS-BC: Assistant Professor, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois

Patient-centered Care Movement: Best Practice Models of Care in Stroke Programs

Dr. Sarah Livesay is an Advanced Practice Nurse from Chicago, Illinois. She works as an Associate Professor of Nursing at Rush University, and has teaching, research, and clinical responsibilities as an APN in the Neuroscience ICU. Dr. Livesay has expertise in stroke and neurocritical care clinical care, as well as building and evaluating neuroscience service line and clinical programs.

Patient Centered Care Movement: Best Practice Models for Stroke Programs (PDF)

Guest Lecturer

Kendra Menzies Kent, MS, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN: Director of Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Raton, Florida

Neuroassessment: More than a Glasgow Coma Scale (PDF)

Ms. Kent has worked in many roles throughout her tenure in nursing, both as staff nurse and nurse educator in intensive care units, as well as a nurse manager. She has worked as a CNS in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital, and most recently in the Neurosurgical ICU at Harris Methodist Hospital in Ft. Worth and St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach. Currently, she is the Director of Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.   

7:30 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast and Poster/Exhibitor Set-up

Albert Tsai, PhD, MPH: Minnesota Department of Health
James Peacock, PhD, MPH: Minnesota Department of Health

Stroke in Minnesota: 2016 Update (PDF)

Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNS-BC: Assistant Professor, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois

Patient-centered Care Movement: Best practice models of care in stroke programs (PDF)

This presentation will discuss the forces influencing the patient-centered movement and how they impact certified stroke programs and stroke care. Realizing patient-centered care is so much more than patient satisfaction, we will review best practice patient-centered models of care and analyze their impact and applicability to stroke care.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Review the forces influencing the patient-centered care movement
  • Discuss commonly employed patient-centered models of care
  • Apply the patient-centered models of care to stroke programs and patient care
9:30 a.m. – Posters / Exhibits / Refreshments

A. Prehospital Track: Development and Implementation of a Pre-hospital Stroke Code System (PDF)

  • Aaron Burnett, MD: Minnesota State EMS Medical Director-EMSRB, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Assistant Medical Director of Regions Hospital EMS
  • Bjorn Peterson, MD: Assistant EMS Medical Director Regions Hospital EMS, Medical Director for Emergency Medicine at Lakeview Hospital

This presentation will focus on the development of a pre-hospital stroke code system across several EMS services in the Twin Cities East Metro. Topics of discussion will include development of an evidence based pre-hospital patient care guideline that is applicable to a wide range of EMS systems found in urban, suburban and rural Minnesota including fire based, hospital based, third service, volunteer and police paramedic EMS systems.

B. Acute Track: Review of the Updated Guidelines on the Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria for Intravenous Alteplase in Acute Ischemic Stroke (PDF)

  • Ganesh Asaithambi, MD: Vascular Neurologist at United Hospital

We will review the updated American Heart Association guidelines for inclusion and exclusion criteria of alteplase utilization and review implications on clinical practice.

C. Community Coordination Track: Clippers n’ Curls for the Heart (PDF): Utilizing Barbers as Trusted Messengers for Heart Health Education and Increasing Access to Primary Care

  • Clarence Jones: Outreach Director of Q Health Connection, a division of Southside Community Health Services
  • Teto Wilson: Master Barber

Clippers n’ Curls is a collaborative initiative dedicated to preventing heart disease and stroke. This Twin Cities wide initiative focuses on screening people and encouraging people with borderline and high readings to seek care/confirm diagnosis. The Clippers n’ Curls mission is to reduce the incidents of heart attack and stroke in the African American population by educating and bridging the care for high blood pressure in the Twin Cities area. 

A. Prehospital Track: Minnesota Heart Health Program – Ask About Aspirin Initiative

  • Alan Hirsch, MD, FACC, FAHA, MSVM: Cardiologist, Co-creator and Director of the Minnesota Heart Health Program
  • Karen Miller, MSW, MPA: Associate Director of the Minnesota Heart Health Program

This presentation will provide an introduction to the Minnesota Heart Health Program and its Ask About Aspirin initiative. The goals of the initiative are: to lower rates of first heart attacks and strokes; to promote best practices in use of low dose aspirin to achieve this goal; and to facilitate effective population health across Minnesota.

B. Acute Track: Treating Mild and Rapidly Improving Stroke: May the (Telestroke) Force be With You (PDF)

  • Timothy Hehr, RN, MA, SCRN: Stroke/Telestroke Program coordinator at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Previous guidelines suggested that the risk of treatment with intravenous alteplase outweighed the benefit in mild and rapidly improving strokes. Additionally, mild and rapidly improving strokes may have been missed or erroneously thought to be stroke mimics. This discussion will briefly review the new guidelines with emphasis on mild/rapidly improving strokes and discuss how the use of telestroke supports these new guidelines.

C. Community Coordination Track: Medication Management: A Patient-Centered Key Component to Continued Independent Living after a Stroke (PDF)

  • Molly Ekstrand, RPh, BCACP, AE-C: Medication management pharmacist at Park Nicollet Health Services

Life after a stroke can be devastating both for patients and caregivers. Pharmacists providing patient-centered comprehensive medication management services help patients and caregivers feel engaged, empowered, less overwhelmed and more confident to manage their health independently. This presentation will share real-life examples and new opportunities to support our patients.

11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. – Lunch / Posters / Exhibits

A. Prehospital Track: Decreasing Time from Patient Arrival via Emergency Medical Services to CT Imaging and TPA Administration for Suspected Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients (PDF)

  • Ryan Bourdon, MD: Emergency Physician at Regions Hospital, HealthPartners Medical Quality Management and Patient Safety Fellow

This presentation will describe how a coordinated quality improvement initiative led to decreased time from arrival of emergency medical services (EMS) to CT Imaging and TPA administration for patients with suspected acute ischemic stroke. By implementing this new streamlined process, we have decreased the patient arrival time to CT imaging from an average time of 19 minutes to an average time of 4 minutes.  Moreover, the time from EMS arrival to TPA administration decreased from 74 minutes to 53 minutes. 

B. Acute Track: Neuroassessment: More than GCS? (PDF)

  • Kendra Menzies Kent, MS, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN: Director of Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital

In this presentation, a more complete neurological assessment beyond the Glasgow coma scale will be reviewed.  The neurological assessment includes the formal and informal assessment of cranial nerves.  This lecture will correlate abnormal findings with location in the brain.

C. Community Coordination Track: Identifying and Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Familial Hypercholesterolemia (PDF)

  • Kristin Oehlke, MS, CGC: MCH/CYSHN Geneticist at Minnesota Department of Health

Familial hypercholesterolemia is a common genetic condition in the population. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, so once a single individual is diagnosed, it follows that other family members are at risk for premature cardiovascular disease and death. For best outcomes, diagnosis and management ideally begins in childhood. It is estimated that up to 80% of affected individuals are not aware until they have a cardiovascular event (heart attack or stroke) in early to mid -adulthood. This presentation will review the options for identifying, treating and managing this strongly familial condition with the goal of assuring the best clinical outcomes possible.

A. Prehospital Track: Taking the Stroke Code into the Prehospital Setting

  • Ganesh Asaithambi, MD: Vascular Neurologist at United Hospital

The treatment of stroke involves a complex series of evaluations including the neurological examination, obtaining pertinent history, and completing and interpreting imaging and all done with the help of subspecialty expertise in a short time frame.  Although hospitals and their stroke teams often spend time and energy on the ER process, we have not taken advantage of the time cutting opportunities in the prehospital setting.  In the presentation, we would like to review the literature on “best in practice” stroke code structure and describe our ongoing project to target a door to needle time of 30 minutes or less.

B. Acute Track: Stroke "Jeopardy"

  • Joan Somes, PhD, RN-BC, CEN, CPEN, FAEN, NAEMT-P

Using an audience participation/interactive format, stroke assessment and care protocols and guidelines will be reviewed via the jeopardy format. The audience can "check" their knowledge against their peers in this fast-paced and fun learning experience. Newest information related to assessment, care, and monitoring of both clot and hemorrhagic stroke will be included as part of the information being shared.

C. Community Coordination Track: Revolutionizing Stroke Recovery through Post Hospital Care Coordination (PDF): Our experience of decreased mortality, emergency department visits, recurrent strokes and also improved quality of life

  • Diane Chappuis, MD: Medical Director of Stroke Rehabilitation, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
  • Heather Odell, RN: Stroke Care Coordinator, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
  • Jill Henly, MSW, LGSW, LCSW: Manager of Care Coordination and Social Work Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health

When leaving the hospital, the transition after stroke can be complicated by cognitive, physical, emotional, or psychosocial factors. Many survivors and families are unable to be connected to vital therapy visits, physician visits, and services which help them in their recovery. We will illustrate a care model in which a Care Coordinator is assigned to any stroke survivor in need of post stroke rehabilitation services, ensuring that the stroke survivor has every possible resource available to access the prescribed services. We will demonstrate reduction in mortality, emergency room visits, recurrent stroke, and increased quality of life as well as cost effectiveness of the program

2:40 to 3:10 p.m. – Refreshments / Posters / Exhibits
  • Dr. Charles Lick, MD: EMS
  • Kendra Menzies Kent, MS, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN: Acute hospital nurse
  • Dr. Diane Chappuis, MD: Rehabilitation
  • Rachel Sarto, MSW, LICSW: Palliative care social worker
  • Dr. Sarah Livesay, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, CNS-BC: Systems, Continuum of Care

4:30 p.m. – Adjourn & Social Hour

Attendees are invited to attend a post-conference social hour in the restaurant at the hotel. Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage costs.


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