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Hundreds of Physicians, Nurses & Paramedics Attend Stroke Symposium

New Lenox, IL (May 16, 2013)—In recognition of Stroke Awareness month, nearly 300 physicians, nurses, paramedics and allied healthcare professionals from across the region recently attended a  symposium to increase their knowledge of the management and treatment of acute stroke.    The free conference, which was hosted by the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, was held May 4 at the Tinley Park Convention Center

Photo Caption:  Abbigayle Doerr, Advanced Practice Nurse with the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, discusses the role of nursing in acute ischemic stroke at the inaugural Stroke from the Heart Conference May 4 in Tinley Park.

Led by Dr. Harish Shownkeen, Medical Director of the Neuro Interventional Program at Silver Cross Hospital, and Dr. Abdul Sankari, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Catheterization Lab and President of Heartland Cardiovascular Center, the full day-conference featured 15 speakers covering a variety of topics. 

“This was our first year hosting a program of this caliber in the southwest suburbs,” said Dr. Shownkeen. “With nearly 800,000 people every year suffering from stroke, we were pleased to provide caregivers at every level with information on the latest medical, interventional options, and clinical trials available to prevent and manage acute ischemic stroke and stroke caused by cardiac disease.” 

Participants received first-hand knowledge from leading experts on how to evaluate the causes of subarachnoid hemorrhage and the management of ruptured cerebral aneurysm, the role of emergency professionals in triaging patients, and the role of nurses in the acute intervention and care of stroke patients.  In addition, a physician with The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago at Silver Cross Hospital discussed the importance of rehabilitation intervention for early recovery of stroke patients will be addressed. 

“We are planning to make this an annual event in an effort to keep the dialogue going in order to improve the quality of life for stroke patients in the southwest suburbs,” adds Dr. Sankari. 

For a free Stroke Awareness Kit or more information about the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute, visit  The Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute features a team of some of the most experienced specialists in the Chicago area, offering the full continuum of care 24 hours a day, seven days a week that includes preventing strokes, halting them in their path, and providing the necessary rehabilitation to get stroke victims back on their feet and back to their lives.  

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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