OKLAHOMA CITY – About 200 physicians and nurses from health care organizations across the state gathered at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City on Nov. 19 to discuss the latest in neurological technologies and practices at the 2014 Neurological Workshop.
The annual event featured presentations on brain mapping, dyslexia, migraines, concussions, complex spine surgeries, autoimmune neurologic emergencies and featured a review of stroke treatment cases by experts in the field of neuroscience.
Among the speakers at the event were Dr. Richard V. Smith, medical director of Mercy’s NeuroScience Institute; Dr. J. Dustin Rosenhamer, a neurohospitalist at Mercy; Dr. Stan Pelofsky, a neurosurgeon at Mercy and the past president of the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons; Dr. Robert Wienecke, a neurosurgeon at Mercy; Dr. Vance McCollom, an interventional radiologist at Mercy; Dr. Michael Sughrue, a neurosurgeon at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; and Christi Cline, a registered nurse and stroke coordinator at Mercy.
“This event gives nurses and physicians an opportunity to hear the very latest in neurological diagnoses and treatment options for patients, which translates into better care for the patient,” said Smith.
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was the state’s first hospital to earn the Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. The certification recognizes those hospitals with state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.