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St. Lukes Medical Center staff help fill educational hole for nations cardiovascular professionals

Thursday, November 06, 2003

To help provide better training for the nation’s cardiac care givers, staff from St. Luke’s Medical Center recently played a leading role in the annual conference of the Wisconsin Society of Cardiovascular Professionals. The conference took place October 16-18 at the Abbey Resort of Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin.

The meeting was attended by 135 cardiac care nurses and technicians from hospitals in the Midwest and across the United States. Participants took part in a variety of sessions designed to increase their understanding of cardiac treatment, current research and next-generation technology. The conference differed from other national professional gatherings in that it emphasized hands-on training, offering a dissection lab and a live animal lab.

St. Luke’s staff members served as clinical proctors for both sessions, which gave attendees the chance to explore heart anatomy, perform angiography and angioplasty, and place cardiac stents.

“At most national meetings, the focus is on scientific research,” said Joe Glowacki, RN, MSN, NP, RCIS, manager of the cardiac catheterization lab at St. Luke’s Medical Center and an organizer of the conference. “The purpose of this meeting was to bring key information down to an understandable level.”

Glowacki said the conference helped fill a hole in education for cardiac care nurses and technicians. “One attendee said he had worked in a cath lab for 30 years and this was the first time he had ever touched a catheter!” Glowacki also believes the conference will help cardiovascular professionals provide better education to their patients.

The St. Luke’s team was proud to share its approach to treatment and care for patients at the conference. It’s and approach that is recognized and respected by physicians.

“The care patients receive in the St. Luke’s catheterization lab is provided by an entire team, not merely a doctor,” says Paul Bernstein M.D., chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s. “The whole staff is experienced – the nurses, the technicians and the aids. When I do an angioplasty, I know that a wealth of know-how stands with me and that experience translates directly into patient outcomes.”

St. Luke’s Medical Center is a part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora has care sites in 75 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin. # # #

Contact: Jennifer Gross 414-385-2363

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