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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on April 23, 2012

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital Holds Second Annual Stroke Symposium

Symposium Focuses on Stroke Care “From the Emergency Room to the Community”

Rockville, MDAdventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland will host their second annual Stroke Symposium on Friday, May 4. The symposium, titled “Stroke Management and Rehabilitation: From the Emergency Room to the Community,” will offer a day of presentations about various stroke topics for clinical professionals and the community. The symposium will run from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Hilton Washington DC North located on 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD.

“At Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, our expert team of therapists and physicians is committed to helping stroke patients in our community get back to life,” says Brent Reitz, Vice President and Administrator for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. “By holding this symposium, we hope to better educate clinical care providers and the community about advancements in stroke treatment and care.”

Presentation highlights include:

  • Keynote Address: A Stroke Survivor Success Story - Barry Jackson, a local stroke survivor at age 38 will share his experience of living through a stroke and recovery at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital & Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland.
  • Atrial Fibrillation and StrokeLearn about the risk factors and treatment for stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation as well as the prevalence of stroke among this population. Presented by Dr. Sean C. Beinart, Electrophysiologist, Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals; Medical Director, Center for Cardiac and Vascular Research, Washington Adventist Hospital.
  • Vitamin D Deficiency: A predictor of stroke risk Learn about the role of Vitamin D in chronic disease such as heart disease and stroke as well as how to replete and maintain adequate Vitamin D. Presented by Pamela Barainca, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
  • Driving After Stroke Learn what makes an appropriate candidate for driving after stroke as well as the process for returning to driving and adaptive driving equipment and modifications. Presented byJennifer A. Milsovic, Driving Rehabilitation Therapist, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital.

Other presentations will cover information on stroke anatomy, health care decision making, medical management of a stroke patient, emotional and behavioral changes following a stroke and support for stroke survivors and caregivers.

“At Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital, our team of experienced physicians, therapists and nurses begin planning and coordinating care for hundreds of stroke patients each year,” says Dr. Terrence Sheehan, chief medical officer for Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. “Through specialized therapy, treatment and support, our highly trained stroke team leads these survivors back to life.”

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland’s stroke program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital is the onlyhospital in a five-state area to hold specialty accreditations from CARF International in all four specialty areas – brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and stroke.

Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is the first and only acute rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. The facility first opened our doors in January 2001 to offer specialized inpatient and outpatient treatment for persons with functional limitations. Services include comprehensive rehabilitation programs for brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputations, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, sports- related injuries, work-related injuries, cardiopulmonary conditions and neurological disorders. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland is part of the Adventist HealthCare, which includes hospitals, home health agencies and other health care services.

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