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Stroke Services Coordinators Ensure Best Practices

Samaritan Stroke Services welcomes new coordinators Heather Herman, RN, and Carrie Manley, RN.

Herman has worked as an intensive care nurse for more than 15 years, the past 10 of which she has worked at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Herman discovered her passion for neurological care years ago and in addition to attaining her certification as a neuroscience registered nurse, she enjoys teaching newly graduated nurses about the specific care needs of patients with neurological injuries.  

Manley has been a nurse for more than 16 years, spending the last nine years at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in the intensive care unit and emergency department. She has enjoyed many years mentoring newly graduated nurses and looks forward to sharing her passion for patient education with stroke patients and their families.

As stroke services coordinators, Herman and Manley 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. They will also work together to make sure each stroke patient at Good Sam receives excellent care throughout the hospital stay and thorough stroke management follow-up care after leaving the hospital.

“We work closely with the entire stroke team, physicians, nurses, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and certified nursing assistants to make sure everyone is communicating and on the same path for each patient,” Herman said. “Our role is to advocate for each patient individually as not every stroke is the same and work closely to provide education to patients and their families.”

“We also provide community education opportunities,” said Manley. “Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. Through free seminars and outreach events, we teach community members how to recognize the symptoms of stroke and what they can do to improve the chances for a successful recovery.”

Good Sam is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and serves patients of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. 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.

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