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Kings Park EMS Awarded at Education Dinner

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Kings Park EMS Awarded at Education Dinner

St. Catherine of Siena hosted its quarterly EMS Dinner and Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Stonebridge Country Club—an initiative that fosters excellence in health care services through improved communication and education. The event was attended by local emergency responders and each attendee earned 1.5 CME hours.

St. Catherine’s Chief of Neuroscience Magdy Shady, MD, lectured on “Head Trauma—No Time to Waste”, and Kimon Bekelis, MD, lectured about “Advances in Stroke and Brain Aneurysm.” EMS personnel in attendance all remarked about the great topics and need for the education forum.

In addition, first responders Barbara Turbush and Kristen Bruce-Gonzalez from the Kings Park Fire Department were presented with the “Protector of the Penumbra” award by St. Catherine’s Stroke Program Coordinator Catherine Videtto.

The “Protector of the Penumbra” award was developed by St. Catherine of Siena as a patient initiative in partnership with the American Heart Association. The goal is to improve administration times for the “clot-busting” drug used in the treatment of patients who are brought to the emergency department with symptoms of acute ischemic stroke.

Ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel that stops the flow of blood and deprives the surrounding brain tissue of oxygen. In the absence of oxygen, the brain cells in the immediate area begin to die and release a cascade of toxic chemicals that threaten brain tissue in the surrounding area—the ischemic penumbra.  When a patient receives the drug within 40 minutes of arrival, emergency personnel are awarded for their diligence. Because of their timely care, they successfully aided in minimizing the long-term deficits from the ischemic stroke.

St. Catherine of Siena is located on the north shore of Long Island in Smithtown. The campus is comprised of a 296-bed not-for-profit community hospital; a 240-bed nursing and rehabilitation care center; and a 60,000 square foot medical office building. At St. Catherine of Siena, nurses, physicians and support staff are devoted to providing advanced health care in an environment of compassion to patients, their families and community.

Photo: Barbara Turbush and Kristen Bruce-Gonzalez from the Kings Park Fire Department and St. Catherine’s Stroke Program Coordinator Catherine Videtto