The NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium

Dedicated to Improving Stroke Systems of Care Across the Northeast

 

The NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC)

Dedicated to Improving Stroke Systems of Care Across the Northeast

   

Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinators Scholarship

Nancy Kostel-Donlon, a stroke coordinator from St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY, suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and passed away on September 17, 2010.  Nancy was a committed nurse, educator and mentor for the past 30 years.

The Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinator Scholarship was created in 2011 to honor the memory of Nancy Kostel-Donlon by recognizing the Stroke Coordinator who best exemplifies her commitment to quality improvement, patient education, and mentorship.


The 2017 Scholarship will support one scholarship. Applications are due by June 28, 2017. 

Apply for the scholarship today!


To assist you in preparing your application, click here for a PDF version of the questions ask. 

*Please note, you must complete the online form to be considered. 



Nancy Kostel-Donlon

PAST RECIPIENTS

2016 Ana Ghelechkhani, RPA-C

2015 Darlene H. Boyce, MS, BSN, RN, ANP-BC

2014 Virginia E. Klonowski, RN, MS, MSN

2013 Catherine Videtto, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPHQ

2012 New to Role Scholarship Recipient: Kendra Cline, RN RN, MSN, CEN

2012 Stroke Coordinator and Mentor: Angela Smith, RN, BSN

2011 - Joanne Lauten, RN

2016 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Scholarship Recipient

Ana Ghelechkhani, RPA-C

Ana Ghelechkhani, RPA-C, currently serves as the stroke coordinator at New York Presbyterian Queens, which is located in one of the most diverse boroughs in the world.  Working in a New York State designated Stroke Center and Trauma Center for the past 9 years; Ana is involved with a high volume of stroke patients. Last year alone, the hospital had over 1300 stroke activations. Previously, Ana was an integral part of the stroke activation team and assessing patients for tPA in an acute setting. She has also had extensive experience in complex inpatient care as an Internal Medicine PA, as well as experience in emergency and urgent care settings, all of which has given her a comprehensive approach in her current position.  Ana graduated at the top of her class at York College, NY and uses her diversified training and background to help aid in the different dialects, religion and cultural background that play a huge role on direct patient care at NYPQ.

As someone who has personally been affected by stroke with a close family member, Ana takes her position as a stroke coordinator very seriously. She understands how debilitating a stroke can be and knows what it is like from the other side, when the long lasting effects of stroke can penetrate through the physical and emotional layers of a human being.  Ana is very passionate about her role as a stroke coordinator and has developed a multidisciplinary approach to improve efficacy in treatment, working as a liaison between a variety of groups including hospitalists, residents, nurses, emergency room attending, neurologists and physician assistants. She has created a formalized feedback system to improve NYPQ’s stroke system and management.  Together with the wonderful team of neurologists, Ana is happy to report that their mRS improved from 81% to 95% YTD since the start of her position last year!  With the help and support from the excellent neurology staff, NYPQ recently received the Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Plus award!  Ana looks forward to continue implementing the changes that essentially improve outcome, especially because it will positively affect those who are suffering from an acute stroke.

 

 Ana is very passionate about improving the stroke program in this hospital and know that we will be continued to improve. She enjoys the gratifying feeling she gets when we make a difference in a stroke patient’s life, especially when we administer tPA with good outcomes, or when we transfer patient for clot retrieval with better than expected outcomes. 

2015 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Scholarship Recipient

Darlene H. Boyce, MS, BSN, RN, ANP-BC


Darlene H. Boyce, MS, BSN, RN, ANP-BC, is a Stroke Fellow, who has worked in the healthcare field for 36 years as a nurse in various capacities including occupational health, float nurse, ICU stepdown, and hospice before achieving a Master’s degree and board certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Darlene has completed a stroke fellowship through Netsmart for advanced practice providers.


Since 2011, Darlene has served as the Neurology Service Manager and Stroke Coordinator at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She works closely with residents, interns and medical students, providing education in neurology and manages the inpatient neurology consult service with attending neurologists. Darlene has received appointments from two affiliated medical schools as adjunct faculty. As Stroke Coordinator, she runs the Stroke Task Force, Door to Needle Subgroup, and provides ongoing education to healthcare providers and the community to increase stroke awareness.

Virginia E. Klonowski, RN, MS, MSN
Virginia E. Klonowski, RN, MS, MSN currently serves as the stroke
coordinator at Orleans Community Health, Medina Memorial Hospital.
She is also the nursing educator and manager of nursing supervision.
Ginny has served in the healthcare field for over 35 years as an ER
and ICU nurse and manager. She was a CCRN for over 25 years.
Ginny has also worked as a nursing educator at Kaleida Health,
Niagara County Community College, Eastern Niagara Hospital,
and Medina Memorial Hospital.
Wendy Jacobson, MS, RN, GNP the Chief Operating Officer and
the Chief Nursing Officer of Orleans Community Health commented,
“Though an experienced nurse with decades of experience, the Stroke
Coordinator role is new to her. She has embraced the demands of the
role and has begun implementing great processes to further progress
our program.”
Ginny attributes the Medina program’s success to her stroke team.
“They are wonderful. We all work together to provide excellent care to
our patients, their families, and the Orleans County community. For the first quarter of 2014, we achieved 100%
compliance for eight out of our 10 performance measures for quality care. This was a first! This demonstrates that even
small community hospitals can be true Centers of Excellence for stroke care. Like everywhere else, time is everything
when it comes to stroke care. Medina Memorial is the only hospital in Orleans County. It is quite a distance to get to
another hospital. Through the use of our REACH program, neurologists and neurosurgeons can talk to our ED physicians
in real time using videoconferencing to provide specialty consultations. Medina appreciates their hospital so much,
that my poster presentation was seen in various store front windows up and down Main St. the entire month of
May. It was quite a hit!”

2014 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Scholarship Recipient

Virginia E. Klonowski, RN, MS, MSN


Virginia E. Klonowski, RN, MS, MSN currently serves as the stroke coordinator at Orleans Community Health, Medina Memorial Hospital. She is also the nursing educator and manager of nursing supervision. Ginny has served in the healthcare field for over 35 years as an ER and ICU nurse and manager. She was a CCRN for over 25 years. Ginny has also worked as a nursing educator at Kaleida Health, Niagara County Community College, Eastern Niagara Hospital, and Medina Memorial Hospital.


Wendy Jacobson, MS, RN, GNP the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Nursing Officer of Orleans Community Health commented, “Though an experienced nurse with decades of experience, the Stroke Coordinator role is new to her. She has embraced the demands of the role and has begun implementing great processes to further progress our program.”


Ginny attributes the Medina program’s success to her stroke team. “They are wonderful. We all work together to provide excellent care to our patients, their families, and the Orleans County community. For the first quarter of 2014, we achieved 100% compliance for eight out of our 10 performance measures for quality care. This was a first! This demonstrates that even small community hospitals can be true Centers of Excellence for stroke care. Like everywhere else, time is everything
when it comes to stroke care. Medina Memorial is the only hospital in Orleans County. It is quite a distance to get to another hospital. Through the use of our REACH program, neurologists and neurosurgeons can talk to our ED physicians in real time using videoconferencing to provide specialty consultations. Medina appreciates their hospital so much, that my poster presentation was seen in various store front windows up and down Main St. the entire month of May. It was quite a hit!”

2013 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Scholarship Recipient

Catherine Videtto, RN, MSN, ANP, CCRN, CPHQ


Catherine Videtto, RN, MSN, ANP, CCRN, CPHQ, currently serves as the coordinator of the stroke program at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, NY where her team recently achieved The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Stroke with no recommendations for improvement under her guidance. With over 38 years of experience, Ms. Videtto has held multipe positions including staff nurse, educator, clinical care nurse specialist, nurse practitioner and performance improvement coordinator. In addition, she has maintained certifications as a critical care registered nurse and health care quality professional. She has lectured at various conferences on stroke management including the New York State Department of Health Annual Regional Stroke Conference in 2012 and 2013 and has presented multiple poster presentations over her career. She has spoken on various performance improvement initiatives including stroke, rapid response, patient satisfaction and team building and is commended for her commitment and dedication to improving the quality of treatment and care in the area of stroke.


The following quote is from Cathy's letter of recommendation written by Mary Jane Finnegan, RN, MSN - Assistance Vice President Nursing at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center: "... Catherine's dedication and perseverance to improving care of stroke patients inspires those around her to achieve more than they ever dreamed possible, to accomplish the best possible outcomes for the patient, to become expert in stroke care, to provide the best possible education on stroke reduction strategies, and to advance their professional growth and development. Her dedication, commitment, enthusiasm, and zest for the nursing profession and for patient safety are inspirational to all."


"Dwight Eisenhower once said, 'Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.' Out stroke program is very successful because each of our stroke team members and staff providing stroke care provide excellence in care because they want to and hold each other accountable for providing only the best as well." - Catherine Videtto, RN, MSN, ANP, CCRN, CPHQ

2012 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Scholarship Recipient

Kendra Cline, RN RN, MSN, CEN


Kendra Cline has been working in education and emergency medicine for over 17 years and is currently Catholic Medical Center’s Stroke Program Coordinator. During her career, Kendra has been an emergency department educator as well as a director of emergency services and was instrumental in helping her hospital in Virginia achieve their Stroke Accreditation prior to moving to Newmarket, New Hampshire with her husband and five children.


Kendra hasbeen a nurse for 18 years and recently joined the field of neuroscience. She finds this new area facinating and incredibly challenging each and every day. Kendra enjoys helping to provide the best possible care during a patient’s stroke as well as assisting in making sure they get the most effective rehabilitation post stroke diagnosis. Kendra is concentrating on getting her acute care adult/gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree this fall.


The following quote is from Kendra’s letter of recommendation written by: Lu Mulla, RN, BSN, MN, ACHE - Executive Director of Emergency Services and Disaster Management at Catholic Medical Center “Kenda has established herself as an excellent resource and very competent practitioner. She leads by example and staff find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating. …I am confident that she will further advance the status of our new stroke program….”


“This has been a wonderful opportunity to explore, in depth, a difficult field with so much hope and promise for the future.” – Kendra Cline, RN, MSN, CEN

Kendra Cline, RN RN, MSN, CEN
 
Kendra Cline has been working in education and emergency medicine for over 17 years and is currently Catholic Medical Center’s Stroke Program Coordinator.  During her career, Kendra has been an emergency department educator as well as a director of emergency services and was instrumental in helping her hospital in Virginia achieve their Stroke Accreditation prior to moving to Newmarket, New Hampshire with her husband and five children. 
 
Kendra hasbeen a nurse for 18 years and recently joined the field of neuroscience.  She finds this new area facinating and incredibly challenging each and every day.  Kendra enjoys helping to provide the best possible care during a patient’s stroke as well as assisting in making sure they get the most effective rehabilitation post stroke diagnosis. Kendra is concentrating on getting her acute care adult/gerontology Nurse Practitioner degree this fall.
 
The following quote is from Kendra’s letter of recommendation written by: Lu Mulla, RN, BSN, MN, ACHE - Executive Director of Emergency Services and Disaster Management at Catholic Medical Center “Kenda has established herself as an excellent resource and very competent practitioner.  She leads by example and staff find her enthusiasm and dedication both inspiring and motivating.  …I am confident that she will further advance the status of our new stroke program….”
 
“This has been a wonderful opportunity to explore, in depth, a difficult field with so much hope and promise for the future.” – Kendra Cline, RN, MSN, CEN

2011 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Scholarship Recipient

Angela Smith, RN, BSN


Angela Smith has been a registered nurse for 26 years and has worked in various positions including Cardiac Intensive Care nurse at Baystate Medical Center, Director of Case Management and her most current position as Stroke Program Clinical Manager at Holyoke Medical Center. Over the past six years, Angela has dedicated herself to help build the highest recognition as a Sustained Gold Plus Target Stroke Hospital. In 2008 she was recognized with the “Community Conscience Award” by the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Heart/Stroke Association. Most recently, she was the recipient of the First Annual SCORE Star Award, presented by her peers within the Massachusetts Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence Quality Improvement Collaborative.


Angela developed a simple approach for treatment compliance to use on every patient that arrived at Holyoke Hospital with stroke symptoms. The tool included a "RED" Stroke Packet with a clear concise checklist and a Stroke Box with all the necessary items to initiate care, including a timer. This is a system is consistently used in the ED. Angela also provides ongoing education for nurses and physicians, as well as the radiology and laboratory teams. She provides feedback on all stroke patients within the first 24 to 48 hours, which helps personalize each and every case. This has positively impacted our door to needle times. Angela provides ongoing stroke educational programs in the community at the local senior center, churches, nursing schools, radio, television, nursing homes and at Holyoke Hospital.


The following quote is from Angela’s letter of recommendation written by: Dr. Karen Ferroni, Medical Director, Holyoke Medical Center. “Angela led the stroke team members through recertification of HMC’s Primary Stroke Licensure which resulted in defect free survey. Angela maintained the hospitals GWTG-S “Gold Plus” and Target Honor Roll status. This recognition has positively affected our patient satisfaction and enhanced our image within our community and the country.

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In 2006, Nancy was named the Stroke Coordinator of St. Francis Hospital. Known as the Heart Center, getting St. Francis Hospital to make stroke a high priority was no small accomplishment. Through her tenacity and vision, a hospital-wide Neurological Rapid Response Team was developed. As an institution, they had to adapt while applying their cardiac care experience to the care of stroke patients – especially addressing the needs of in-patient strokes.


Through collaboration and her commitment, in 2010 St. Francis Hospital was awarded the Get With The Guidelines™- Stroke Silver Plus Award for stroke care. As a result of those efforts, Nancy had submitted an abstract to NECC for consideration titled: Impact of the use of a multidisciplinary rounding tool on compliance with stroke consensus measures. This abstract was accepted and chosen to be part of the plenary presentation. William J. Peabody, MSN, RN, CCRN, from St. Francis Hospital presented on her behalf at the 2010 Annual Summit. Nancy’s ability to collaborate within her own and other institutions, organizations, communities and professions have led to her success. Nancy passionately assisted St. Francis Hospital in achieving Magnet Designation. She was also nominated as the St. Francis Hospital Nurse of Distinction Award for the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Association in 2008.


Nancy also served as the staff education chairperson for the Greater NY Metropolitan Stroke Coordinators Consortium. She was committed to developing a staff education resource guide to assist her colleagues in healthcare with the tools needed to stay abreast of the latest in stroke topics.


In honor of Nancy and to continue her passion for improving stroke systems of care, the NECC has created the Nancy Kostel-Donlon scholarship for a stroke coordinator to attend the NECC Summit, all expenses paid. The NECC feels this opportunity would continue Nancy’s commitment and passion for her work in mentoring and education stroke coordinators to improve the lives of stroke patients.