First responders, patient recognized at North Shore University Hospital’s stroke conference

(from left to right) Awardee Lee Stricker, awardee Dalena Tran, Rohan Arora, MBBS, awardee Shantel Coleman, RN, and stroke survivor Alex Adams.

The “Excellence in Stroke Care” awards were presented at Northwell Health’s annual stroke update conference held at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH). More than 100 emergency medicine and neurology residents, medical students, emergency medical services (EMS) and administrative staff attended the event on September 27.  

Award recipients included: Dalena Tran, 24, a Nassau County police medic for pre-hospital stroke care resulting in outstanding patient outcome; Lee Stricker, 35, a Northwell Health paramedic on behalf of Northwell EMS for lowest door-to-needle time among local EMS services; and Shantel Coleman, RN, 34, a Northwell stroke care nurse for patient satisfaction.

“This is the first year we honored members of our staff and a member from our local emergency medical services for their commitment in improving stroke patient care,” said Rohan Arora, MBBS, director of stroke at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills and who presented the awards. “Saving stroke lives starts with EMS providing stroke pre-hospital notification before they arrive at the hospital, resulting in quick treatment of stroke patient with life-saving clot-busting drug, tissue-plasminogen activator, tPA. By way of this award ceremony, we wanted to thank EMS services for their hard work and dedication that helps timely treatment of stroke patients, thus reducing their risk of disability after stroke.”

Dr. Arora also presented the “Young Stroke Survivor” award to one of his own patients: Alex Adams, 31, who suffered two strokes last year and has been able to regain her life thanks to the fast-acting staff at NSUH.

“There is a misconception that stroke is something that only occurs in the older population, but the truth is that stroke can also occur in the very young as well,” said Dr. Arora. “Ms. Adams is a perfect example of a young stroke patient who benefited from stroke education provided to every stroke patient and their families during the hospitalization. Her case was complicated since she had suffered her first stroke only three weeks prior to her second. In such cases, diligent benefit risk analysis is necessary before administering intravenous tPA. Since her two strokes, she has become an advocate for creating stroke awareness in young adults by participating in Northwell Health’s podcast to talk about her experience.”

Click here to listen to the podcast about Ms. Adams’ story.

For more information about Northwell Health’s Stroke Centers, click here.

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