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Fluharty Promoted to Neuroscience Specialist

Jessica Fluharty, RN, FNE-A, of Trappe has been promoted to Neuroscience Specialist for Shore Health’s Primary Stroke Center located at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. This unit specializes in the treatment of stroke, seizures, head injury, and other acute and chronic neurological conditions and individuals recovering from brain surgery.

In this new position, Fluharty coordinates the Shore Health System stroke education and outreach initiatives for staff nurses, patients and their families, and the community. In addition to nursing duties, she also participates in the quality management and process improvement committee that reviews stroke care at Memorial Hospital. During her nursing career, Fluharty has specialized in critical care and forensic nursing. An employee of Shore Health since 2009, she has demonstrated her leadership talents as the emergency department stroke representative on the clinical stroke care team and also serves as her department’s Global Nursing Shared Global Council representative. She also founded Shore Health’s Operation Power Purse program to help sexual assault victims on the road to recovery.

Fluharty, a certified trauma nurse, is also certified in basic, advanced and pediatric life support. She is a graduate of the Chesapeake College Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing and is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Wilmington College.

Christopher Parker, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CHCQM, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, says, “Shore Health has enjoyed tremendous success as the region’s Primary Stroke Center and we are confident that excellence will continue under Jessica’s leadership.”

To learn more about the Primary Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital, visitwww.shorehealth.org/services/stroke/.

Stroke Center Earns Gold Plus Award for Patient Care

The Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center recently earned the Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA). The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate compliance with the seven Get With The Guidelines® stroke achievement measures. This award acknowledges that Shore Health System has met the guidelines for providing the highest standards of stroke care for 24 consecutive months. These measures include aggressive use of specific medications and smoking cessation education, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

The Center previously won the Silver Award, which recognizes compliance with these guidelines for at least 12 months. The guidelines also require that stroke centers provide education to increase awareness about how to prevent stroke and how to respond when stroke symptoms occur.

According to neurologist Terry Detrich, MD, medical director of the Primary Stroke Center, this achievement represents a continued commitment by the Stroke Center team to excellence.

“Our team of professionals remains committed to providing the best possible care to our patients. We have built up a team of people who work hard to assure that we save the lives of the people that come through our doors,” said Detrich. “That person coming through the door could be our aunt, cousin or neighbor – that makes this more motivating to be the best we can be.”

The team also includes the emergency medical responders who respond to 911 calls, physicians in the emergency department, neurologists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, case managers, and staff in the lab, pharmacy and radiology.

Ongoing education of patients is also key, says neuroscience specialist Christina Ball, RN, CNRN who coordinates Shore Health System stroke education and outreach initiatives for patients and their families, hospital staff nurses and the community.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and consistently meeting these guidelines really showcases our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible stroke care and education to our patients,” said Ball. “By coordinating care, we are saving lives by responding quickly and efficiently to people when they are experiencing stroke symptoms.”

The Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center is located at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. Memorial Hospital achieved Primary Stroke Center designation from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems in 2007.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. For more information about the Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center, call Christina Ball, 410-822-100 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5068. Information about stroke prevention and treatment is available at www.shorehealth.org/services/stroke.

In photo above: Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center team members and staff celebrate recognition for achieving Gold Plus status as part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program.

Christina Ball, RN, CNRN, neuroscience specialist at Shore Health System’s Primary Stroke Center and Terry Detrich, MD, medical director of the Primary Stroke Center celebrate the Center’s Gold Plus achievement award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program.

Memorial Hospital Foundation Hosts Seminar for Women

The Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted “From a Woman’s Point of View” on November 10 at the Talbot Country Club. The 45 women who attended the luncheon met experts in the fields of financial planning and health.

Christina Ball, RN, CNRN, neuroscience specialist and coordinator of the Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital, offered tips for preventing stroke. She also reviewed the warning signs for stroke and emphasized the importance of calling 911 when these signs appear.

JoRhea Nagel Wright, an attorney with Charles T. Capute, LLC in Easton, discussed estate planning and other financial topics. Wright specializes in estate and gift tax planning and compliance, estate administration, and the preparation of simple and complex wills, trusts and family limited partnerships.

For more information about planned giving opportunities available through the Memorial Hospital Foundation, contact Pat O’Shea, 410-822-1000, ext. 5915.

Stroke Center Earns Award for Meeting Patient Care Guidelines

The Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center recently earned a Silver Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA). The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate compliance with the seven Get With The Guidelines® stroke achievement measures. The Silver Award acknowledges that Shore Health System has met the guidelines for providing the highest standards of stroke care for 12 consecutive months.

To obtain an achievement award, a hospital must officially be recognized by AHA/ASA as participating in the Get With The Guidelines stroke program, which is designed to ensure that hospitals are using the most recent scientific guidelines for treating stroke and heart disease. The Get With The Guidelines achievement measures evaluate the timeliness with which people experiencing stroke symptoms are transported to the hospital emergency room and the percentage of patients who are given the appropriate treatment. The guidelines also require that stroke centers provide education to increase awareness about how to prevent stroke and how to respond when stroke symptoms occur.

The Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center is located at the Memorial Hospital at Easton. Memorial Hospital achieved Primary Stroke Center designation from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems in 2007.

Neurologist Terry Detrich, MD, is the medical director of the Primary Stroke Center. Under Dr. Detrich’s direction, a specially trained Brain Attack Team (BAT) is ready to respond 24 hours a day when patients in the hospital and in the emergency department are experiencing stroke symptoms. The BAT is composed of an emergency room nurse and physician, a neurologist, a hospitalist, a neuroscience nurse, a laboratory technician and a radiology technologist.

“As healthcare workers, we always feel good when we are rewarded for taking care of our patients,” says neuroscience specialist Christina Ball, RN, CNRN. In addition to her nursing duties, Ball coordinates the Shore Health System stroke education and outreach initiatives for patients and their families, hospital staff nurses and the community.

“Our success is much bigger than achieving the seven measures set by the American Stroke Association,” Ball adds. “We have achieved our goal of coordinating care throughout the hospital and with our EMS partners in the community. This means that we are saving lives by responding quickly and efficiently to people when they are experiencing stroke symptoms.”

Dr. Detrich says, “Getting this award is a team effort. Meeting the stroke care guidelines takes extra effort on the part of our physicians in the emergency department and the hospitalists and the intensivists. Our dedicated nurses have the skills and experience needed to care for stroke patients. Our success depends on around-the-clock cooperation of our staff in the lab, radiology, pharmacy and physical rehabilitation.”

Dr. Detrich commended Ball for the community education she provides. “The most important thing Christina tells people is to call 911,” Dr. Detrich said. “The paramedics who respond to those 911 calls can assess a person’s symptoms, and, because our local EMS personnel are so well trained and dedicated, people begin receiving the care they need even before they reach the hospital.”

For more information about the Shore Health System Primary Stroke Center, call Christina Ball, 410-822-100 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5068. Information about stroke prevention and treatment is available at www.shorehealth.org/services/stroke.