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2014 Conference Information

Conference Registration Open!
Conference Brochure (PDF: 186 KB/5 pages)

Date: Monday, June 2, 2014

Location: University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Directions to the UMN CECC (PDF: 40 KB/1 page)

Registration: The registration fee is $55. You can register online at http://www.health.state.mn.us/registration/ Select "2014 Minnesota Stroke Conference" in the drop down menu. No refunds will be offered. Capacity for this conference is limited, so register early.


  • Educate attendees on the latest developments in acute stroke treatment and management
  • Learn to apply recent translation research in EMS and pre-hospital care, hospital care, and transitions in care post-acute stroke
  • Provide a networking opportunity for health care professionals, public health professionals, and stroke advocates in Minnesota

Opening Keynote Presentation:
Debbie Summers, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC, SCRN, CNRN, FAHA
St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Ischemic Stroke: Diagnostic Imaging and Treatment

Debbie has been recognized as a nursing leader in the advancement of acute stroke nursing care. In 1993, Debbie coordinated the development of Saint Luke’s Stroke program and served as the Stroke Program Coordinator until 2014. She moved to a new role and is working as an Advanced Practice Nurse with the responsibility of Stroke Outcomes research. Debbie is a coauthor of “The Stroke Center Handbook, Organizing Care for Better Outcomes.” Debbie has been lead author of the “Comprehensive Overview of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Care of the Acute Stroke Patient” published in 2009 and in 2011 published in Journal of Radiology, “CT and MR Imaging in the Acute Ischemic Stroke Patient: A Nursing Perspective.” She has been a contributing author on numerous related stroke articles including: “Dysphagia Screening: State of the Art Invitational Conference Proceeding From the State-of-the-Art Nursing Symposium”; only nurse contributing author on “2013 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke” and the “Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers.”

Debbie serves on numerous local and national professional committees committed to improving stroke care. Debbie was a leader in the origination of the Stroke Nursing Committee under the Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and involved in planning the yearly “State of the Art Nursing Symposia” held prior to ISC. Recently she was asked to become a panel member on the Joint Commission for development of Comprehensive Stroke Centers. Debbie’s honors include 2011 Stroke Council Award, AHA 2010 CVN Excellence in Clinical Practice and in 2009 CVN Stroke Manuscript of the Year Award.

Afternoon Plenary Speaker:
Adnan I. Qureshi, MBBS
St. Cloud Hospital
Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients after IMS III, MR RESCUE, and SYNTHESIS EXPANSION Trials

Adnan Qureshi, MBBS, joined CentraCare Clinic/St. Cloud Hospital on June 1, 2013. Dr. Qureshi obtained his medical degree at Quaide-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan and completed his neurology residency at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA. He also completed fellowships in Neurocritical Care at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Endovascular Neurosurgery at State University of New York, Buffalo, NY.

Dr. Qureshi is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology. Dr. Qureshi has served in leadership positions in clinical trials pertaining to interventional neurological procedures and stroke. He has written over 440 scientific articles and edited two textbooks. Dr. Qureshi has mentored over 65 fellows and medical students

Hotel Accomodations
Discounted rates of $75 single/$80 double occcupancy plus tax are available for June 1 and 2, 2014, at the Country Inn Suites at 2905 Snelling Avenue North, Roseville, MN 55113. For reservations, please call (651) 628-3500 and ask for the "2014 Minnesota Stroke Conference" rate. Rooms will be available at this rate until May 1, 2014.

CME/CE Disclosure
All faculty participating in CME/CE activities sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will disclose to the audience (1) significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in their presentation and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentation. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.

Exhibitor Information:

Exhibit tables are limited and provided as "1st-come, 1st-served." The exhibitor fee is $150 for nonprofit organziations and $300 for for-profit organizations. The exhibitor fee includes one 3’ x 5’ table, 2 chairs, and registration and meals/refreshments for up to two representatives. Exhibitors are also welcome to attend sessions, if desired. If you would like to send more than two representatives, there will be an added $45 for each additional person.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2014 conference please register online at www.health.state.mn.us/registration by May 9, 2014, or until space is filled. You can pay online with a Visa, Mastercard or Discover card or you can pay by check to the Minnesota Department of Health. Please make sure you are selecting the correct option when registering (e.g., non-profit verses for profit). I will e-mail you for staffing contact information after you register.

Please contact Sueling at (651) 201-4051 or sueling.schardin@state.mn.us with any questions.

The Minnesota Stroke Partnership is coordinated by the Minnesota Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Click here to visit the HDSP Unit website.


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Updated Stroke Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit

New PSAs - Minnesota Department of Health and AHA/The Ad Council (YouTube)

New Stroke Awareness Print Materials


Please contact us for questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the website content or navigation.

James Peacock, PhD, MPH
Epidemiologist Principal
Phone: (651) 201-5405

Mailing Address
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul 55164-0882
Fax: (651) 201-5800


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