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2015 Conference Information

Conference Brochure: 2015 Minnesota Stroke Conference Brochure (PDF: 448 KB/7 pages)

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015

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)

Keynote Presentations:

Opening Keynote Presentation:
Is Your Data Really Reliable and Valid? (PDF: 799 KB/31 pages)
Debbie Roper, RN, MSN
Roper Resources, Inc., Dallas, TX

Debbie Roper graduated from University of Texas at Arlington. She has successfully led multiple urban and rural healthcare facilities toward The Joint Commission and DNV Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Centers. Debbie is also one of three surveyors for Level III Stroke Facilities for the State of Texas. Debbie has personally educated thousands of healthcare professionals, EMS providers and members of the community about stroke. She is recognized nationally for her efforts in changing processes to treat stroke patients.

Post IV tPA Protocol Check List (PDF: 2 pages/78 KB)

Primary Stroke Center Stroke Coordinator/Data Abstractor Compentency (PDF: 4 pages/49 KB)

Afternoon Plenary Speaker Presented by Allina Health, Sponsored by Genentech:
Helping to Improve the Quality of Care in Acute Ischemic Stroke
Peter D. Panagos, MD, FACEP, FAHA, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Peter Panagos is an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he also serves as an attending emergency physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He earned his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed fellowships in neurological emergencies and stroke and his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, followed by an internship in the Department of Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.

He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Heart Association and has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Panagos serves as EM Representative for the Stroke Scientific Statement Oversight Committee of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and also is a reviewer for NIH/NINDS Multiple Grant Study Sections.

Breakout Presentations:

Concurrent Session 1A (Acute Track): Mr. Clean and 3 Other Trials Supporting the Efficacy of Interarterial Stroke Intervention (PDF: 3.5 MB/45 pages)

Michael T. Madison, St. Paul Radiology, St. Paul, MN and Alexander Y. Zubkov, MD, PhD, FAHA, Fairview Southdale Hospital Stroke Program and Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology, Edina, MN.

Concurrent Session 1B (Pre-Hospital Track): Should I Call a Stroke Code? Catching Subtle Strokes at Triage (PDF: 1.9 MB/56 pages)
Donna Lindsay, MN, RN, CNS-BC, CNRN, SCRN, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN and Joan Somes, MSN, PhD, RNC, CEN, CPEN, FAEN, NREMT-P, Minnesota Emergency Nurses Association and Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN.

Concurrent Session 1C (Rehabilitation Track): Partners in Optimal Stroke Recovery (PDF: 1.7 MB/65 pages)
Charlotte Brenteson, DPT and Karen Freeberg, OTR/L, North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN.

Concurrent Session 2A (Acute Track): Redesigning TIA Management for Quality and Efficiency: A Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center and Allina Health Project Partnership (PDF: 1.7 MB/35 pages)
Sandra K. Hanson, MD, United Hospital, St. Paul, MN.

Concurrent Session 2B (Pre-Hospital Track): The Essentia Health-Fargo Stroke Education Project (PDF: 3.5 MB/63 pages)
Ahren Dosch, MS, RN, Essentia Health, Fargo, ND.

Concurrent Session 2C (Rehabilitation Track): We Are the Bridge: Community Reintegration Begins at the Clinical Level (Web Link)
Robyn Wheeler, LPN, BIS, Minnesota Stroke Association and Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, Roseville, MN.

Concurrent Session 3A (Acute Track): Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Pediatric Cerebrovascular Disorders: The University of Minnesota Experience (Part One PDF: 1.7 MB/46 pages and Part Two PDF: 2.2 MB/64 pages)
Bharathi D. Jagadeesan, MD and Daniel Guillaume, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Concurrent Session 3B (Rehabilitation Track): Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning for Stroke Patients (PDF: 133 KB/18 pages)
Victor Sandler, MD, Fairview Home Care & Hospice, Minneapolis, MN.

Concurrent Session 4A (Acute Track): Aggressive Medical and Interventional Management of Vasospasm in SAH Patients (Presentation Forthcoming)
Divyajot Sandhu, MBBS, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Concurrent Session 4B (Rehabilitation Track): Technologies for Treating Communication and Cognitive Deficits After Stroke (PDF: 207 KB/16 pages)
Abby Carhill, MA, CCC-SLP, and Jennifer Golobich, North Memorial Helath Care, Robbinsdale, MN.
Supplemental Material: Apps After Stroke (PDF: 270 KB/4 pages)

Concurrent Session 5A (Acute Track): Are Multiple Intracranial Aneurysms Almost Exclusively a Female Disease? (PDF: 2.1 MB/25 pages)
Archie Defillo, MD, St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN.

Concurrent Session 5B (Acute Track): Management of Patients Presenting with Carotid Artery Pseudo-Occlusion and Acute Occlusion: A Systematic Review (PDF: 1.3 MB/61 pages)
Jae Hong Kim, MD and Ramachandra Tummala, MD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

CME/CE Availability: This activity has been approved for 6.25 continuing education credits for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and dieticians through the American Heart Association.


  • 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

Call for Presentation Proposals: The call for presentation proposals is open. The conference planning committee is seeking proposals that address stroke care or one of the following topics related to stroke care: quality, reducing readmissions, patient/public education and engagement, new technologies, EMS and pre-hospital care, acute hospital care, hemorrhagic stroke, or rehabilitation. Submission deadline has passed.

Registration: The registration fee is $55. Register online at Select “2015 Minnesota Stroke Conference” in the drop down menu. No refunds will be offered. Capacity for this conference is limited, so register early.
Capacity for this conference has been reached. Please contact Mary Jo at (651) 201-5419 or mary.mehelich@state.mn.us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Exhibit tables are limited and provided as “First-come, First-served.” The exhibitor fee is $300, and $150 for non-profit organizations. Register online at Select from the menu of options in the drop down menu. for information. Exhibitor deadline: May 9, 2015.All exhibitor slots filled.

Hotel Accomodations:
A discounted rate of $109 plus tax is available for May 31st and June 1st at the Country Inn & Suites at 2740 Snelling Avenue North, Roseville, Minnesota 55113. For reservations, please call 651-628-3500 and ask for the “2015 Minnesota Stroke Conference  (code 201506MNSC)” rate. Rooms will be available at this rate until April 30, 2015. Please note that this is a new location, less than 1/2 mile south of the hotel offered in previous years.Discounted rate no longer available.


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.


Updated Stroke Guidelines and Best Practices Resource Guide

Updated Stroke Awareness and Education Resource Toolkit

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

New Stroke Awareness Print Materials


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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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