Best Practices and Lessons Learned from 200+ Hospitals

Join us in celebrating National Stroke Awareness Month and National Neuroscience Nurses Week as our panel reviews several TeleSpecialists’ best practice recommendations and discusses new focus areas for the improvement of stroke care.

Target Audience

Emergency Services Physicians

Internal Medicine Physicians


Stroke Coordinators

Learning Objectives

Learners will be able to 

  • identify best practices for stroke care
  • list two or more strategies to implement best practices
  • describe critical communication to enhance patient safety
Course summary
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Dr. Sam Saha

Dr. Sam Saha is a board certified TeleNeurologist with TeleSpecialists and has expertise in the fields of stroke neurology, general neurology and acute care telemedicine.  He earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College and completed residency training in neurology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. In addition to Telemedicine, Dr. Saha serves as a Regional Medical Director within the TeleSpecialists Quality and          Performance Improvement Division and provides neurohospitalist coverage at area hospitals.   Dr. Saha lives in Davidson, NC with his wife, daughter, and beagle.  In his time away from work, Dr. Saha enjoys driving          cars, the outdoors and vacationing with his family.  

Gayle O’Brien, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM 

Gayle O’Brien earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Kent State University in Ohio.  Her clinical experience spans from medical-surgical through intensive care.  She has held​​​​​​ the roles of Director of Coronary Care, Director for Quality Improvement, Vice President of Quality and Safety, and Chief Quality Officer to name a few. During her tenure she has led efforts to reduce CMS Patient Safety indicators, patient fall rates and serious safety events.  She has also led actions to increase HCAHPS and Leapfrog scores.  She has served as a graduate preceptor for advance role/Nurse Practitioners/MSN students. More recently, Gayle serves as the Vice President of Quality and Process Improvement at TeleSpecialists. Gayle has numerous certifications, including Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk management (CPHRM), and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  

Micaela Prevatke, MSN-ACNP, RN, SCRN 

Micaela earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University and her Master’s in ACNP- Nursing from Maryville University of St. Louis.  Her clinical experience has allowed her opportunities to work from telemetry to the emergency department.  She has also served as a clinical nursing instructor and stroke program coordinator and maintains Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) certification.  More recently, Micaela is the Director of Quality with TeleSpecialists.  

Kristy Reese, MSN, RN 

Kristy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Villa Julie College, now known as Stevenson University, where she also obtained her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership/Management.  She is currently in the process of completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Nurse Executive Leadership.  Kristy’s clinical experience is diverse and includes intensive care, interventional radiology, and surgery.  She has served as a stroke coordinator, facilitating process improvement over multiple locations and high Stroke Alert rates and maintains Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) certification.  More recently, Kristy is a Quality Program Specialist with TeleSpecialists.   

Haley Fogle, RN 

Hayley earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Daytona State College.  Her experience as a critical care nurse allowed her to care for high acuity neurological, medical, and surgical patients and paved the way for her neuroscience career.  She became the Stroke Program Coordinator for multiple sites within a large health system, providing leadership and oversight over the Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center programs. More recently, Hayley is a Quality Program Specialist with TeleSpecialists, acting as a liaison between Virtual Neurology and customer facilities to support education and training for client hospitals, among other duties.  She maintains a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.  

Michelle McWhorter, RN 

Prior to beginning her nursing career, Michelle earned her Associate of Science Degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Central Florida.  Her clinical experience spans from medical surgical to intensive care nursing.  She has served as a Regional Neuroscience Registered Nurse Navigator and more recently, Michelle is a Quality Program Specialist with TeleSpecialists.  She maintains a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.  

Danielle DeCubellis, RN, BSN, CCRN 

Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of South Florida’s College of Nursing.  Her clinical experience spans from progressive care and intensive care through virtual intensive care where she was able to manage up to 50 patients across a large health system, advancing to Assistant Nurse Manager for Remote Intensive Care.  More recently, Danielle is a Quality Program Specialist with TeleSpecialists, assisting companywide efforts to streamline quality practices, particularly with client hospitals.  Danielle maintains CCRN-E and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.  

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Available Credit

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