Stroke services coordinator ensures best practices

Mar 28,2013
Samaritan Stroke Services welcomes coordinator AmieJoe Roper, RN.

Roper has worked at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for more than eight years, and has served as a nurse and a clinical coordinator in the ICU and Emergency departments. With a background as a neurological trauma nurse at a North Carolina hospital that specialized in stroke care, Roper has taught classes for nursing students and staff at Good Sam on neurological assessment and brain anatomy and physiology, and she helped fellow Good Sam nurses prepare for the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse exam.

In her new role as stroke services coordinator, Roper will help ensure the Good Sam stroke response team is following the best methods to fast-track patients suspected of stroke, so that doctors can begin brain-saving treatments immediately. She will also make sure each stroke patient at Good Sam receives excellent care throughout the hospital stay and thorough stroke management follow-up care after discharge.

“I work closely with the entire stroke team, physicians, nurses, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and certified nursing assistants to make sure we are all communicating and on the same path for each patient,” Roper said. “My role is to advocate for each patient individually as not every stroke is the same.  I provide education to patients and families as well as provide educational opportunities to the community.”

Good Sam is certified as a Primary Stroke Center. Research has shown that stroke patients treated at Primary Stroke Centers experience better outcomes. This is the result of using scientifically proven, evidence-based methods to guide the treatment of stroke patients.

For more information, visit samhealth.org/Stroke.