This conference will discuss a broad range of topics related to stroke.
Someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds


• Stroke accounts for 1 of every 20 deaths in the US.
• Stroke kills someone in the US about every 4 minutes.
• When considered separately from other cardiovascular diseases, stroke ranks No. 5 among all cause
of death in the US, killing nearly 133,000 people a year.
• From 2004 to 2014, stroke death rate decreased 28.7 percent, and the actual number of stroke
deaths declined 11.3 percent.
• Each year, about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. Approximately 610,000 of
these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
• Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the US.
• In 2013, worldwide prevalence of stroke was 25.7 million, with 10.3 million people having a first stroke.
• Stroke was the second-leading global cause of death behind heart disease in 2013, accounting for
11.8 percent of total deaths worldwide.
Circulation. 2017;CIR.0000000000000485
Originally published January 25, 2017


The target audience for this activity includes physicians, nurses, pre-hospital, physical therapists, occupational therapists, hospital chaplains and all others of interest caring for the stroke patient.


For more conference information, contact the CoxHealth Stroke Center at 417/269-2069 or 417/269-2057 or via email at


By attending this educational activity participants should be able to integrate some or all of the objectives as listed.

07:00 – 07:20 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast/Vendor Exhibits

07:20 – 07:30

Welcome/Overview of the Day: Dr Lynch

07:30 – 08:30

Update on Interventions on Ischemic Stroke and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

(Dr Michael Workman)

  • Define Interventional Procedures role in treatment of acute stroke

  • Describe large vessel occlusion and ruptured aneurysm treatment options

08:30 – 09:30

Rare Causes of Stroke and Case Presentations

(Dr Jennifer Lynch)

  • Have a broader stroke differential diagnosis

  • Recognize situations in which broader workup is or is not necessary

09:30 – 9:45

Break/Vendor Exhibits

9:45 – 10:45

The Neuropsychology of Stroke: Cognitive and Emotional Sequelae

(Brittney Allen)

  • Identify various cognitive sequelae that may result from stroke

  • Explain how stroke may impact emotional functioning, both acutely and long-term

10:45 – 11:45

Vascular Stroke

(  Robert Medley )

11:45 – 12:30

Lunch (provided on site)



12:30 – 13:30

Stroke Prescription Pitfalls and Pointers

(Heather Redden)

  • Optimize medication selection when complicated with drug interactions.

  • Deselect medications in the face of comorbidities

Dysphagia Evaluations: Evolution of Standards of Practice for Individuals Post Stroke

(Mallory Moore)

  • Recognize the validity and reliability of instrumental and non-instrumental assessments of swallowing.

  • Identify referrals for specific dysphagia diagnostics based on unique patient symptoms.

13:30 – 14:30

Cerebral Edema and Medical Management

(Ryan Lueck)

  • Identify differences in varying types of cerebral edema

  • Discuss treatment of options for different types of cerebral edema

The Impact of Caregiving on Health and Wellbeing of the Caregiver

(Shannon Rantz)

  • Identify the challenges and impacts caregivers face with Stroke patients

  • Verbalize caregiver characteristics that influence engagement

14:30 – 14:45

Break/Vendor Exhibits

14:45 – 15:45

Making the Case: Treatment decisions based on current guidelines and evidence based practice

(Grace Potter)

  • Recognize stroke signs and symptoms

  • Describe current stroke treatment options on patients outcomes

15:45 – 16:15

Questions and Answers/Evaluations/Statements of Credit/Adjourn

We reserve the right to substitute speakers and topics in case of emergency or cancellation. Information presented during this conference represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth. Presenters are responsible for obtaining all copyright permissions.   No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity. No Off Label medications or medical devices will be discussed.

Please note that in order to reduce participant fees, no paper copies of the presentation notes will be available at the conference. It is encouraged that participants download the presentations available on this tab prior to the day of the conference. Feel free to download to a personal electronic device or print. If a title below does not contain a link, notes are not currently available for that presentation.

Cognitive Emotional Sequelae Post Stroke– Brittany Allen

The Impact of Caregiving on the Health and Well-being of the Stroke Caregiver-Shannon Rantz

Stroke Prescription Pitfalls and Pointers– Heather Redden

Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment in CVA– Darin Shirley

The Contributions of the Network Science in Understanding Post Stroke Depression– Benjamin N. Lisle

Cerebral Edema and Management– Ryan Lueck

Management of Medical Co-Morbidities and Stroke -Robert Medley

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  For questions regarding physician credit contact



CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation


7.5 Contact Hours


This program is approved by the Arkansas Board of Physical Therapy for 7.0 contact hours and it is deemed equivalent by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts per 4 CSR 150-3.203-5A.



This program meets the criteria for category PDU #10 (attending employer-provided continuing education) and Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy per 20 CSR 2205-5 and qualifies as 7.0 contact hours (equivalent to 7.0 NBCOT©   Professional Development Units).



CoxHealth Pre-hospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS. This activity has been approved for 7.0 contact hours.  The Training Center number is 07710C.


This program has been approved by CoxHealth Stroke Center for 7.0 stroke contact hours for CoxHealth employees.


For questions regarding educational credit please contact Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN at 417-269-4124.


Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.



To receive CNE credit for the conference attendees must:

  • Be registered as a participant

  • Be seated in the room no later than 10 minutes after the session has started and remain in the session until the scheduled ending time.
  • Complete and submit the online survey
  • The last step of the survey will allow you to download and print the CNE certificate 
  • Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

  • No partial credit will be issued. The only exception is for CME category


Americans with Disabilities Act: If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering so that reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.


Note: Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.



Brittany Allen, PhD, ABPP, MBA


CoxHealth Springfield


Ryan Lueck, NP

Neurology Nurse Practitioner

CoxHealth Springfield



Jennifer Lynch, MD, DDBSM D ABPN

Stroke Center Director

CoxHealth Springfield


Mallory Moore CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

CoxHealth Springfield



Grace Potter, RN, BSN, SCRN

Stroke Nurse Coordinator

CoxHealth Springfield


Shannon Rantz, RN, BSN, BC

Nurse Manager

CoxHealth Springfield


Heather Redden, PharmD, BCPS


CoxHealth Springfield


Michael J. Workman, M.D

Interventional Neuro Radiologist

Springfield Neurological and Spine Institute

Tessie Bowmaker RN, MSN-APFN, SANE-A
Nurse Manager IV
Cardiovascular/Neuro-Trauma ICU


Lisa Boyer, BSN, RN
Midwest Multistate Division Planner
Enterprise Educator, Education Center


Michelle Byrne, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse


Mindy Grant, RN, BSN
CoxHealth NTICU


Grifford Jenkins, RN
Stroke Clinician
CoxHealth Stroke Center


Jennifer Lynch, MD
Medical Director CoxHealth Stroke Center
Ferrell-Duncan – Neurology
Physician Planner


Triesa Massey
Medical Staff Education Coordinator
Medical Staff Services


Grace Potter BSN, RN SCRN
Stroke Nurse Coordinator
CoxHealth Stroke Center


Heather Redden, PharmD, BCPS


Kristi Vandeloecht PTA, GCCDR,MS
Clinical Therapist Educator
Rehab Services


Conflicts of Interest:


The planners and presenters of this CNE activity with the exception of Lisa Boyer, have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies. Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities. No conflicts were noted that would exclude the speakers or the planning committee members from this activity.


Planning committee member, Lisa Boyer has indicated she does have a conflict of interest in stock holdings. She has indicated that she DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA.  Ms. Boyer also indicated she would give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic name to contribute to impartiality during the planning process.  Her conflict was reviewed and there was no conflict identified that would exclude her from the planning process..


Cancellations received in writing to by December 6, 2019 will be entitled to a full refund. After December 6, 2019 , a $25 processing fee will be withheld for each registered day of the conference. No refunds will be made the day of the conference. No shows will be charged the full conference fee.


In the event the Education Center cancels or reschedules a conference, participants are entitled to a full refund or the participant may transfer registration to the next scheduled activity.

CoxHealth is not responsible for travel, hotel, booking fees, or other cancellation fees for registrants when an activity is cancelled.

All refunds must be received in writing via email or by calling the Education Center


University Plaza (ask for CoxHealth conference rate)

2431 North Glenstone Ave.

Springfield, MO 65803