Nancy Kostel-Donlon 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 their commitment to quality improvement, patient education, and mentorship.
2019 Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinator Scholarship Recipient
Cassandra Moore MS, RN, CNE, CCRN, SCRN – Stroke Coordinator – Glen Falls Hospital, Glen Falls, NY
Cassandra Moore completed postgraduate studies from Excelsior College with dual focus in nursing education and leadership. Cassandra has over 14 years of nursing experience with a primary focus in critical care. She is certified in critical care, nursing education, and stroke care. Cassandra has worked in acute rehabilitation nursing, medical-surgical nursing, critical care, and emergency nursing. She served as Critical Care Nurse Educator for the two years prior to advancing to a Stroke Program Coordinator in 2018. In the role as Stroke Program Coordinator, she was able to design the delivery of stroke care in a community hospital setting to serve as the only Primary Stroke Center located between Plattsburg and Albany, NY offering acute neurological evaluation for the northern Adirondack regions of NYS.
The Stroke Center at Glens Falls Hospital was established in 2018 and received NYS designation in that same year. The hospital was commended on best practice during the survey in several different areas including acute stroke alert processes which include a <6-hour last known well (LKW) and 6 to 24-hour LKW well pathway, radiology protocols, EMS feedback processes, and community outreach. The hospital received the Get With The Guidelines Bronze Stroke award for 2019 and was chosen at the 2019 NYONEL Annual Conference for the Claire Murray Best Practices Award.
Cassie is an exceptional nurse and transformational leader who has done exemplary work in her role as the Stroke Program Coordinator at Glens Falls Hospital. She is passionate about this work and has the ability to engage and motivate staff and physicians to continuously strive to exceed the goals of the Stroke Program. Her leadership, presence and tenacity have been a driving force in our success. It is a privilege to have her on our team
– Donna Kirker, MS, RN, NEA-BC – Vice President, Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Glens Falls Hospital – Glens Falls, NY
The 2020 application period for the Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinator Scholarship will open in Spring of 2020.
General Scholarship Information
The criteria for the Nancy Kostel-Donlon Stroke Coordinator Scholarship:
- Must serve as your hospital Stroke Coordinator (title may vary)
- It is unlikely that your hospital will be able to financially support your attendance
- New to the Stroke Coordinator Role (less than 2 years) OR
- In the Stroke Coordinator Role for more than 2 years and actively mentor others
The Scholarship Recipient will receive:
- Waived registration fee to attend The NECC
- Travel Expenses Reimbursed
- Hotel Accommodations
Questions? Please email NECC@heart.org.