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To Hannah Duston Staff: Mom was admitted to the hospital - She had a bad spell. She needed much care - she didn’t feel well. After a time, her condition changed to fair. She was almost herself - but not quite there. She couldn’t stay at the hospital, yet couldn’t be alone. What could we do until she was ready for home? We looked around almost everywhere, For a placed that offered specialized care. We searched high and we searched low. Then decided Hannah Duston - was where she would go. We were nervous when she arrived - didn’t know what to expect. She was immediately welcomed with the utmost respect. We were afraid this place would make her feel blue. We were pleased to find the opposite was true. Everyone was so friendly from each nurse to those who clean. The atmosphere was the cheeriest that I’ve ever seen. Each OT, PT, each nurse, every food service worker every CNA Receptionist, hairdresser, social worker, the administrator went out of their way, To make mom feel comfortable and welcomed from the very first day. She has improved tremendously - due to Hannah Duston’s care When mom needed you - we are glad you were there. She is headed back to her home - Many thanks to ALL of you, We are eternally grateful for all that you do. Many thanks to one and all - you work so hard and I must confess In the entire world - YOU ARE THE BEST!!! With much gratitude, Judith Z., Marion H.’s daughter


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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