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Stroke Conference

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
Oct 11, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

This program is designed for physician residents; nurse practitioners; nurses; stroke coordinators; and speech, physical, and occupational therapists.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

Registration in advance is required by Oct. 10, 2019 at 1 p.m. Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, light snack and certificate.

Fees & Payment

  • $25 Gundersen employees
  • $50 Non-Gundersen employees


2019 Stroke Conference
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Rasmus Center, Gundersen Health System
1900 South Ave., La Crosse, Wis.

Course Objectives

  1. Recognize the health burden of smoking and learn tools to help patients quit.
  2. Recognize indications and dosing for antithrombotic therapy in acute ischemic strokes and TIAs.
  3. Recognize linguistic skills affected by stroke and how to differentiate aphasia from confusion.
  4. Identify the role of adequate nutrition and hydration in post stroke recovery.
  5. Identify long-term consequences of brain injury vs. stroke and how other illnesses impact cumulative brain injuries.
  6. Describe illicit substance use within our region and the pathophysiology of how use can lead to stroke.

Intended Audience: This program is designed for physician residents; nurse practitioners; nurses; stroke coordinators; and speech, physical, and occupational therapists.

Purpose: Medical knowledge based on evidence-based research is imperative to treat patients with potentially life-threatening and/or quality-of-life issues in patients with stroke.

Accreditation: Gundersen Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This program will award up to 5.75 nursing contact hours upon completion.

Agenda Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
8:30-8:55 a.m. Registration
8:55-9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9-9:45 a.m. I KNOW You Can Quit Smoking
Jonathan Zlabek, MD, Vascular Institute, Gundersen Health System
9:45-10:15 a.m. Dual Anti-Platelet Therapy and Anti-Coagulants: Who Needs What!?!
Lisa Meyer, PharmD, Pharmacy, Gundersen Health System
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11 a.m. Understanding Aphasia: Basics You Should Know
Kim Strege, SLP, Speech Therapy, Gundersen Health System
11-11:30 a.m. Differentiating Aphasia from Confusion
Rachel Hawker, MD, Hospitalist Department, Gundersen Health System
11:30 a.m.-Noon Nutrition and Hydration Following Stroke
Jill Henscheid, RD, Nutrition Therapy, Gundersen Health System
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Stroke Survivor
William Ross, stroke survivor
1:30-2:30 p.m. Adding Insult to Injury: When Stroke and Other Brain Injury Occur Together
Mandi Counters, FNP-BC, Neurology, Fairview Hospital
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:15 p.m. Expected Outcomes in Hemorrhagic Strokes
Sunil Mutgi, MD, Neurology, Gundersen Health System
3:15-3:45 p.m. Illicit Drug Use and Stroke
Christopher Eberlein, MD, Emergency Services, Gundersen Health System
3:45-4 p.m. Closing Remarks

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone before Oct.1, 2019. Refunds not available after Oct. 1, 2019. If the 2019 Stroke Conference is postponed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, registration fees will be fully refunded.

ADA: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Health System seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you require special accommodations, please email Bethany Girtler, Gundersen stroke coordinator, at or call (608) 775-5657.

Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at Gundersen Hotel and Suites at a rate of $99 per room, per night. For reservations, call (608) 793-0200 and ask for the Gundersen Health System Stroke Conference rate. Rooms are not guaranteed after Sept. 10, 2019. Attendees are responsible for lodging and other travel-related costs.

The 2019 Stroke Conference planning committee has no affiliation/financial relationships to disclose.

Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, October 11 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM La Crosse Campus

Location Details

  • La Crosse Campus
    1900 South Avenue
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Main: 608-782-7300

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