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May 2009

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. In this issue, we pay special tribute to Crozer-Keystone nurses whose dedication and skill enable our health system to deliver excellent care to stroke patients during hospitalization, rehabilitation and after they return home. In May, we also honor all nurses during Nurses Week. Look for coverage of CKHS Nurses Week activities and awards in the June issue.

In This Issue:

Nursing at the Forefront of Award-Winning CKHS Stroke Care

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability, according to the American Stroke Association. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is key to saving lives and reducing permanent disability.  In June 2008, Delaware County Memorial Hospital joined a select group of hospitals that deliver expert stroke care by becoming a certified Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the first in Delaware County. In March 2009, Crozer-Chester Medical Center became certified, and Taylor Hospital is currently pursuing certification. More>>

Stroke: Best Practices

Over the past several years, the multidisciplinary stroke teams at Crozer, DCMH and Taylor have developed new guidelines and protocols to streamline stroke-related processes and ensure the excellent patient care that led to recognition by the American Heart and Stroke Association. Nurses have been at the forefront of development and implementation. More>>

CKHS Stroke Teams

Meet our dedicated multidisciplinary stroke teams at Crozer-Keystone Health System. More>>

CKHS Cardiac Rehab: Strengthening Hearts and Confidence

An Olympic figure skater and lifelong exerciser, Skip Millier never expected to have a heart attack. But the pinch he felt while playing tennis one July day was the start of events that changed his life. A big part of that change was his experience at Crozer-Keystone’s Cardiac Rehab Center. More>>

Spotlight on: Stroke Coordinators

An Olympic figure skater and lifelong exerciser, Skip Millier never expected to have a heart attack. But the pinch he felt while playing tennis one July day was the start of events that changed his life. A big part of that change was his experience at Crozer-Keystone’s Cardiac Rehab Center. Maureen DePrince, RN, stroke coordinator at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, decided to become a nurse 10 years ago after her husband was hospitalized several times. More>>

Magnet Moment: DCMH Telemetry Unit Council Initiative Improves Patient Satisfaction

Last summer, the 5 Telemetry Unit Council at Delaware County Memorial Hospital was grappling with a dilemma.  The unit’s Press Ganey scores were consistently low for family accommodations and comfort for visitors/personal issues, so they began an initiative to improve them. More>>

Nurse Profile

When Jo-Zetta Shawl, RN, BSN, MHA, NEA-BC, graduated from Widener College in 1979 and started her first job, she was brimming with excitement. As a staff nurse in Telemetry at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, she was one of the first new graduate nurses to be permitted to work on a monitored unit. After orientation, however, her excitement quickly turned to chagrin as she dealt with caring for patients who were very sick and often coding, as well as their families who, in their distress, were often difficult. More>>

Executive Endings

Jane Hanahan, RN, BSN, MHA, Administrative Director, Home Care/Hospice, Crozer-Keystone Health System. More>>