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INTERNATIONAL NEUROCRITICAL CARE The NCS has been historically regarded as the “American” Neurocritical Care Society. The intent of the NCS founders has always been to provide an organization for neurocritical care professionals all over the world. The society’s struggles with this misconception were bolstered because all the founders and the vast majority of the leaders and members were primarily affiliated with American institutions. Due recognition is given to the early efforts to form an International Committee within the NCS. While the International Committee achieved a lot of very laudable advances, the committee name and focus reaffirmed to many the notion that the NCS is an American society and members outside of the U.S. were regarded as international affiliates. Furthermore, the organizational and leadership structure of the NCS did not provide clarity on how to ensure and encourage meaningful participation of neurocritical care practitioners outside of the U.S. During the presidencies of Gene Sung and Claude Hemphill, definitive actions were taken to transform the NCS to truly embrace its global mission. The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors worked to amend the bylaws to provide a change in the composition of the Board of Directors and allow for representation from six different regions in the global community. The leadership group also moved away from the term “international” to “global” which embraces all nations and does not create an artificial segregation between the U.S. and the rest of the world. During my presidency, we formalized the appointment of the Immediate Past-President to become the chair of the global activities and the official global ambassador of the NCS. This arrangement provides several built-in advantages such as the seamless integration of the global activities to mainstream activities of the NCS and direct access to the NCS leadership structure. During the most recent strategic meeting of the Board of Directors earlier this year, global activity was identified as one of the areas of strategic focus. The Global Partnership Taskforce was established to work with NCS global leaders to identify areas that will allow for the advancement of neurocritical care worldwide. The taskforce is jointly headed by the current Immediate Past-President as chair (Romer Geocadin) and the previous Immediate Past-President as co-chair (Claude Hemphill). The taskforce is composed of Pravin Amin (India), Masao Nagayama (Japan), Hector Lopez (Mexico), Liping Liu (China), Walter Videtta (Argentina), Jorge Mejia (Colombia), Pedro Kurtz (Brazil), Julian Bösel (Germany), Gene Sung (Past NCS President), Jose Suarez (NCS Secretary), David Greer (NCS BOD Member), David Seder (NCS BOD Member), Sarah Livesay (NCS BOD Member), and Susan Yeager (NCS representative to the World Federation of Nurses). The NCS Global Partners Taskforce acknowledges the remarkable service provided NCS International Committee that was chaired by Dr. KatjaWartenberg. Guided by the directions from the recent Board of Directors strategic meeting, the taskforce is focusing on setting the priorities in the global activities of NCS that are focused on key issues such as: • The realization of regional chapters (Asia, Europe, Middle East/Africa, North & Central America, and South America) and integrating them into the NCS leadership for representation as outlined in the bylaws • Developing a plan to provide neurocritical care certification for health care practitioners allied with the NCS Global Partners • Work with global partners in areas that are resource challenged to help them build an infrastructure by providing education, training, and resources • Identify emerging and support technologies that can assist global partners, such as telemedicine • Create a global marketing campaign to increase awareness of the NCS • Enhance the profile of professionals working in neurocritical care globally The Global Partners Taskforce is interested in receiving ideas and suggestions from all members of NCS. Please feel free to email me at rgeocad1@jhmi.edu. Developing a Global Strategy: NCS Global Task Force By Romer Geocadin, MD, FNCS 19


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