Bi-State Stroke Consortium

Updated:Mar 14,2016

Bi-State Stroke Consortium LogoMission Statement:
Facilitate clinical stroke education and improve patient outcomes through collegiality and collaboration.

Purpose of Consortium:
To provide evidence-based educational opportunities in the care of stroke patients for all members of the Bi-State Stroke Consortium

Current Geographical Reach:
The Kansas City metropolitan area, northeast Kansas and western Kansas

The Bi-State Stroke Consortium evolved from its beginning as an Operation Stroke group that planned an annual stroke conference for health professionals.  In 2006 the group chose to expand its reach by incorporating a Consortium model. Each member institution agrees to host a 4 hour stroke focused educational segment for nurses each calendar year.  Each Consortium presentation is open to staff from all member organizations at no charge. 

 Title, Date & LocationUpcoming Webinars & Education
Stroke Care from Beginning to End
Friday, April 15, 2016

Stormont Vail Health
Pozez Auditorium
Brochure (PDF)
6th Annual KS STEMI & Stroke Summit
Thursday, April 21, 2016

10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, April 22, 2016
8:00am - 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wichita, KS
Brochure (PDF)

 Previous Webinars & Education
17th Annual Stroke Symposium
August 28, 2015
InterContinental Hotel             
"Cryptogenic Stroke" (PDF)
Dr. Marilyn Rymer; The University of Kansas Hospital
"Quality Enhancement for Speedy Thrombolysis in Stroke (QUESTS)" (PDF)
Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran; Northwestern University
"Data Driven HealthCare in EMS? You've Gotta Be Kidding!"  (PDF)
Brian Helland, AS, CCP; Clive Fire Department
"Utilizing APRN's and PA's in Acute Stroke Response" (PDF)
Wendy Dusenbury, DNP; Via-Christi HealthCare
Kanas City Stroke Rehabilitation Conference
April 24, 2015
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Following Stroke: Where Are We In 2015?
Brad Steinle, MD; Medical Director; Rehabilitation Services-Saint Luke's Health System
Early Recognition and Rapid Transport of Stroke Patients
Joey Araiza, RN, BSN; Vice President of Clinical Services; LifeFlight Eagle
Next Steps: Sharing the Vision of a Community Bases Wellness Program
Dory Sabata, OTD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA; Program Director; American Stroke Foundation
Research in Stroke Recovery
Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA; Assistant Professor; Director REACH Laboratory; KU Medical Center
Post Stroke Rehabilitation Issues
Cherie Suther, MD; Board Certified American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Stroke Program Director; MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital
Palliative Care of Stroke Patients
Jana Braklow, RN, MSN, ARNP-C, CCRN; Olathe Medical Center
Psychological Adjustment After Stroke
Terrie Price, PhD, ABPP; Director, Neuropsychology and Family Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City
5th Annual Kansas STEMI & Stroke Summit
October 9-10, 2014
"History of EMS"
Tina York, NREMT-P, HCA Midwest Health Systems
"Use of Action Registry to Improve Quality in Hospitals and EMS"
Kay Brown, AHA/ASA
"Fibrinolytic Therapy for STEMI"
Patricia Howard, Pharm D, The University of Kansas Hospital
"Nursing Care of Stroke Patient: Tips & Tricks for a Great Neuro Exam"
Angela Hawkins, BN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, SCRN, Saint Luke's Hospital Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute
"Fibrinolytic Therapy in Stroke"
Patricia Howard, Pharm D, The University of Kansas Hospital
"Posterior Circulation in Stroke"
Dr. Colleen Lechtenberg, The University of Kansas Hospital
"EMS - The Critical Link"
Jacki Addington, RN-BSN, CNRN, Tim Cottrell, NREMT-P, CCP-C, HCA Midwest Health
"A Community Alliance: Strengthening Bonds to Save Lives"
Dr. Seshu Rao, Stormont Vail Health Care
"STEMI Recognition"
Cristina Speaks, RN, Angela Welch, RN, Ransom Memorial Hospital; Nick Robbins, MICT, Franklin County EMS
"How to Make Your Community a Heart Safe Community"
Jerilyn Rodgers, RN, MSN, CNL, The University of Kansas Hospital; Christina Barber, EMT, Greeley County Ambulance
HCA Wesley Care Telemedicine Network

2013 Dysphagia White Paper

2013 Stroke Guidelines   

2013 Alignment between Emergency Physicians & the ASA Guidelines

Free Patient Education Materials
Help educate your patients and families about stroke with these free downloadable fact sheets.

Let's Talk About Stroke patient information sheets

American Stroke Association Stroke Toolbox

Kansas Initiative for Stroke Survival  (KISS)

For questions or more information about the Bi-State Stroke Consortium, please contact:




Beth Malina
Director, Quality and Systems Improvement
Kansas and Nebraska 
American Heart Association
6800 W. 93rd Street 
Overland Park, KS 66212
Cell 402-416-5592

Kansas Co-Chair - Tammy Tipton, RN, BSN
Cardiovascular Accreditation Coordinator
St. Francis Health
Office (785) 270-5002
Missouri Co-Chair - Krystle Logston, RN, BSN
Stroke Program Coordinator
Cardiovascular Services
Centerpoint Medical Center
HCA Midwest Health
Office: (816) 698-8164