Educational Program for New York State Designated Stroke Centers Scheduled
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  • The New York State Department of Health and Helen Hayes Hospital are co-sponsoring a one-day educational conference, “New York State Department of Health Stroke Center Designation Project: An Update for Designated Hospitals,” on Thursday, May 11, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the physical rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw. The program is open to staff of New York State Designated Stroke Centers, including physicians, nurses, emergency room personnel, therapists, case managers and others.

    The conference focuses on bringing together healthcare professionals at the Designated Stroke Centers across the state for the purpose of sharing experiences, relaying the most recent data and laying out plans for the future. Updates on evidenced based practice and a discussion of operational issues at rural, urban, upstate and downstate centers will take place.

    The conference will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Antonia Novello, New York State Commissioner of Health, who will speak on Stroke in New York State: the Individual and Public Health Impact. Physicians and nurses specializing in stroke, from facilities across the state, will present on an array of subjects, including: advances in acute management of stroke; emergency response to acute stroke; secondary stroke prevention; educating the public about stroke; the role of rehabilitation in stroke recovery; nursing strategies to improve outcomes; the role of telemedicine and outcome measures. Department of Health staff will also speak on progress made during the first two years of the stroke center designation project.

    Continuing education credits will be granted. Tuition is $100 per person, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For additional information, or to register, call 845-786-4225.

    In August 2004, Dr. Antonia Novello, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, established designated stroke centers statewide to improve the standard and access to quality of care for patients with a presumptive diagnosis of stroke.
    Founded in 1900, Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s premier physical rehabilitation hospitals, offering an extensive continuum of care and an array of specialty services to individuals with stroke, enabling them to resume active and healthy lives.

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