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Silver Cross EMS Hosts Free Stroke Conference for Paramedics

New Lenox, IL (Jan. 27, 2014)—The Silver Cross Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System will host a free Stroke Conference Friday, Feb. 21, 2014for paramedics who are interested in increasing their knowledge of neurovascular trauma and stroke.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox.  Advanced registration is required by Feb. 14, 2104.  More information is available at www.silvercross.org/neuro or by calling (815) 300-7426. 

Participants will learn how to identify pre-hospital considerations for head trauma, recognize the role of the emergency department in triaging acute stroke patients and coordination with paramedics in the field, and review current state-of-the art endovascular treatment of acute ischemic stroke including clinical trials. Faculty will share with participants an enumerated detail differential diagnosis of vascular injuries and head trauma endovascular and discuss endovascular and surgical management and also pre-hospital Standing Medical Order for the stroke and head trauma patient.  Finally, paramedics will learn how to recognize indications for the treatment of hemorrhagic strokes and strategies involved in the management of affected patients along with endovascular options and blood pressure management. 

The conference will be led by Dr. Harish Shownkeen, Medical Director of the Neuro Interventional Program at Silver Cross Hospital.  Course faculty includes Dr. David Mikolajczak, Medical Director of the Silver Cross EMS System; Dr. Richard Burgess, Stroke Neurologist; Dr. M. Kamran Khan, Neuro Interventional Radiologist; Penny Eriks, RN, BSN, Silver Cross Hospital Stroke Coordinator; and Erika Ball, Silver Cross EMS System Educator. The conference is free. Participants will receive materials, lunch and 4.5 continuing education credits.  Call (815) 300-7426 to register to attend. 

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 3,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a new 289-bed acute care hospital at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and 8 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care.  These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.