Celebrating Dr. King’s life and legacy: 38th Annual Humanitarian Awards honor five members of the Northwestern Medicine community
On Friday, January 20, Northwestern Medicine celebrated the life of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his ongoing legacy of service during the 38th Annual Humanitarian Awards Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Five members of the Northwestern Medicine family were presented with awards for their extraordinary contributions to the community and for embodying Dr. King's legacy of humanitarianism.
Pictured are the 2017 Humanitarian Award winners (left to right) Nicole Cartwright, Elizabeth Cumpian, RN, David Watt, MD, Amy Kessler, and Charles G. Woodward, MD, with keynote speaker Rami Nashashibi, PhD, executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) and Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.
By: Kasmer K. Quinn
Chicagoland paramedics attend hands-on educational event to help better understand new advancements in stroke care
By: Linnea Mason
Acting fast is a crucial part of care for a patient who is having a stroke. For emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, immediate medical attention is vital in the treatment of a patient having a stroke as every second counts when trying to prevent potential impairment to a patient’s brain. Continuing education is an important tool for EMS as onsite stroke care continues to advance.
Earlier this month, Northwestern Memorial Hospital hosted its quarterly EMS Stroke Forum to help educate paramedics on pre-hospitalization identification of stroke as well as acute care management. Participants were able to get a deeper understanding of the different types of stroke, surgical treatments for a brain lesion and breakthrough research to help improve the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of patients with a stroke.
“We are excited to be providing a hands-on experience for paramedics in the area who are interested in furthering their education on comprehensive stroke care at Northwestern,” said Babak Jahromi, MD, PhD, cerebrovascular surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “New this year, paramedics get the opportunity to walk through the patient’s course of treatment from the minute a stroke patient enters through the emergency doors, throughout their advanced imaging and interventions, and eventual recovery in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (NSICU).”
The forum was kicked off with a case presentation by Dr. Ali Shaibani, followed by a Q&A with Drs. Jahromi, Shyam Prabhakaran, and Christopher Richards. Following the panel discussion, paramedics were broken up into four rotating groups and taken through guided tours of the emergency room, neuro-interventional suite, NSICU, and the simulation lab. Paramedics were able to see how a CT scanner detects a clot while the patient is being assessed in the emergency department, how to remove a clot from a brain artery with a stent retriever or repair brain aneurysms with coils in the angiosuite (using devices that go from the groin to the brain), and advanced neurocritical care monitoring and treatment employed to help the injured brain recover from stroke.
This year, more than 70 paramedics and firefighters from across the Chicagoland attended the forum - the highest attended event for the stroke department.
EMS Stroke Forums are scheduled to take place April 20, July 20 and October 19. To register for the next EMS Stroke Forum, please visit ems.nm.org.
By Kasmer K. Quinn
Researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered a new way to tell if prostate cancer can return and potentially cause death even after initial treatment. Edward Schaeffer, MD, PhD, Chair of Urology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, shared his thoughts on the study with WBBM’s Rob Hart.
“The study allows doctors to catch problems much earlier than in the past. Men whose PSA levels are above 0.5 after treatment need closer monitoring,” said Dr. Schaeffer. “By doing that, you may be able to help patients be more proactive about their follow-up, and their subsequent treatment after radiation therapy.
By: Linnea Mason
A new year brings on new goals, a hope for a better tomorrow and the first babies born in 2017. For Northwestern Medicine, the hospital system welcomed six bundles of joy to the new world that will hold the coveted title of first babies of 2017 at Northwestern Medicine. Here are their stories:
Jennifer and Chuck Barham of Elgin were shocked when Jennifer was having contractions the morning of New Year’s Day. Baby Barham was not due for another few more weeks but the baby was ready to come out into the world and meet her parents. Jennifer and Chuck are big fans of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and honored the team by naming their first daughter Addyson, a tribute to both the street bordering Wrigley Field and shortstop Addison Russell. The name was deliberately given a twist to the spelling to add uniqueness to her name. Addyson Kelley Jeanne Barham was born 4 pounds, 15 ounces at Central DuPage Hospital on January 1, 2017 at 12:12 p.m.
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