4th Annual Trends in Stroke Care Symposium

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A stroke occurs every 40 seconds. It can happen to anyone at any age. Stroke continues to be the leading cause of disability and the #4 cause of death in the United States. Standards of care for stroke patients are evolving at a rapid pace with research, treatment options and methodology. Despite the comprehensive impact and advances, the term “stroke” is not consistently defined in healthcare practice.

It is therefore imperative for clinicians to understand the latest developments of this rapidly changing field. This 4th annual stroke symposium covers the continuum of care: From identification and diagnosis of a stroke victim in the Emergency Department to aggressive post rehabilitative care. This annual seminar is designed to facilitate the health care provider in achieving this goal.

St. Joseph Medical Center is a 220-bed community-based, acute care teaching facility and full-service hospital serving Berks & surrounding counties. We provide a full range of advanced medical and surgical services. St. Joseph’s medical staff includes more than 400 community physicians and nearly 1500 highly-trained nurses and other clinical professionals and support staff. We have a passion for delivering standard setting medical care.

Our Stroke Program Initiative began in March 2009. St. Joseph Medical Center was designated an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on April 13, 2012. The Stroke Program has also achieved the Gold Plus Performance and Achievement Award from Get With The Guidelines in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This conference is a great opportunity to increase the professional knowledge of healthcare providers in the Berks and surrounding counties. By achieving excellence in stroke care, we will improve the outcomes and the quality of care to manage the unique and specialized needs of the stroke patient.


Registration Complimentary Breakfast and Boxed Lunches Provided

Welcome and Opening Remarks Warqaa Majeed, MD
St. Joseph Regional Health Network
Section Chief of Neurology

Pharmacology of Novel Oral Anticoagulants for Stroke Prevention Van T. Hellerslia, Pharm.D. BCPS
Abington Memorial Hospital
Anticoagulation Clinical Coordinator

The Role of the Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) in Stroke Frank Politzer, MD, FACC
St. Joseph Regional Health Network
Director, Echocardiography Laboratory

Types of Intracerebral Bleeds and Proper Treatment Kevin M. Cockroft, MD, MSc, FAANS, FACS, FAHA
Co-Director, Penn State Hershey Stroke Center

Spasticity Management , An Interventional Approach Mitchell Paulin, MD
Rehab Associates of the Main Line
Paoli, Pennsylvania

Identifying Stroke in the Emergency Department Eric F. Gajewski, DO
St. Joseph Regional Health Network
Emergency Services Physician

Life Lion Critical Care Discussion with the Flight Crew and Tour
of the Life Lion Aircraft
Penn State Hershey Emergency Medicine


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