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Dear Leo: I am writing on behalf of my father, Normand C. and our family. As you know we spoke shortly after my father fractured his hip and underwent surgery. It was a difficult time for us especially my mother. The staff at Hannah Duston was outstanding. Your administrator, Chris Olenio, went out of his way to make my father comfortable and our family welcome. He was willing to assist with even our most minor request. My mother wanted to particularly thank Brian, the physical therapist, and Ted, one of his nurses. Brian was extremely understanding of my father’s situation and condition. Ted promptly recognized the crisis that my father was going through and assisted him in getting him to the hospital for appropriate care. Our whole family wanted me to thank you and your staff at Hannah Duston. You and your facility made a big difference in my father’s care and my family’s peace of mind. Very truly yours, Daniel T. C.


Hannah Duston Healthcare Center

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital Bradford

Whittier’s Dr. Joan Breen and Nurse Practitioner Jeanne Andrusin were honored to present their Abstract on Day Rehab Outcomes at the 2014 International Stroke Conference in San Diego.

Joan Breen, MD, Director of the Neurology Day Program at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford, and Jeanne Andrusin, MSN-RN, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Coordinator of the Neurology Day Program, presented their abstract last week at the 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in San Diego. The abstract was titled “AHA Guidelines Nurse Practitioner Cardiovascular Risk Education Program Delivered in Outpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program Leads to Increased Independence with Medications, Self Blood Pressure Monitoring, Improved Blood Pressures, and Rehabilitations Outcomes.”

Their study concluded that patients showed readiness to learn and responded positively to Nurse Practitioner led education directed at medications, CV risk factors, and BP control.
They also concluded that Nurse Practitioner education and care delivered as part of an outpatient rehabilitation program led to improvements in:
• Blood pressure monitoring and recording
• Blood pressure control 
• Independence with medication administration
• Multiple rehab outcomes

Keys to success included:
• Nurse Practitioner actively involved in the day to day operation of a community based rehabilitation program.
• Incorporating peer interactions and encouragement within small groups is a powerful motivator.
• Multidisciplinary services coordinated by a team at the rehabilitation site facilitate access for stroke patients to receive optimal care for specific problems in a timely manner.
• Dedicated interdisciplinary team members.
• Hospital wide support for the program.

The entire Whittier team involved in the study were:
Joan Breen, Jeanne Andrusin, Tom Ferlito, and Lauren Miller.

Download the poster of the abstract here.

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