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My name is Roland G., and my wife, Rita G., has been a patient in your Marion facility for two years. I would like to thank you for appointing Mrs. Karen Wadlow as the Administrator of this wonderful organization. Let me say I retired as Chief of Security in a healthcare facility that changed hands three times and saw four different administrators. I would like to say that none of them compared to Mrs. Karen Wadlow. This woman is a kind and intelligent individual, and she has no problem greeting patients with a warm, “hello, how are you today?” Not only does this speak volumes, but it is a testament to her great personality in terms of compassion and caring. At gatherings and functions, she navigates the room easily, conversing with everyone. She thinks nothing of going “the whole nine yards” for people. In my opinion, the staff also appears to interact well with Mrs. Karen Wadlow. As I am only a visitor to see my wife, I wish to add that my wife receives exceptional care from all the nurses and staff in the Bradford Unit. —Thank you for all you do, Roland G.


Sippican 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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