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Greetings NCS Members I am honored to serve our Society as the Secretary! Part of my duties is to share our NCS member accomplishments, achievements and newsworthy items! We practice in locations around the world, so please let us know what is happening! I encourage you to send in your announcements to Mary Kay Bader, NCS Secretary, at Badermk@aol.com. • Congratulations to Dr. Thomas P. Bleck who has been selected as the Society’s eighteenth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was created to honor an individual who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of critical care through the advancement of medical science, medical education or medical care. Dr. Bleck has been instrumental in the formation and guidance of critical care, and has also been a staunch supporter and continue to provide wise counsel to members and leadership of this organization. This honor will be bestowed upon you during the Opening Session at SCCM’s 47th Critical Care Congress in San Antonio, Texas. • Jason M. Makii, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, BCCCP (Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Neuroscience Critical Care at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland Ohio), received his MBA in May and passed the board of pharmacy specialties critical care exam offered in May of 2016. • J. Javier Provencio MD FNCS (University of Virginia Medical Center) is the Director of the Nerancy Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and the designated Louise Nerancy Associate Professor in Neurology at UVA. He received his award at a reception honoring Endowed Chairs in October. • NCS member Hector Lopez MD organized the Mexican Critical Care Medicine meeting in the Neurocritical Care Course offered in October 2016. NCS members speaking at the conference included NCS Past Presidents Ed Manno MD and Romer Geocadin MD, Vice President Gretchen Brophy PharmD and Board member Fred Rincon MD. • NCS member Daiwai Olson RN PhD recently travelled to Allentown Pennsylvania where he lectured on stroke at the LeHigh Valley medical center Neuroscience conference. Daiwai Olson also completed work as a tri-editor (Mary Kay Bader RN and Linda Littlejohns RN) for the upcoming publication AANN Core Curriculum of Neuroscience Nursing. The 800-page text is due out in print in the next week! • Cynthia Bautista RN PhD co-authored the Prophylaxis of Venous Thrombosis in Neurocritical Care Patients: An Evidence-Based Guideline: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society which was published in January, 2016. She collaborated with fellow nursing colleagues to create Basic and Advanced Neurological Nursing Assessments for the NCS On-Demand website. Cynthia also represents AANN as a representative from the United States in the World Federation of Neuroscience Nurses. She recently co-authored in revising the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Movement Disorders. • Congratulations to Dave Greer, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, for being selected by the Educational Products Committee as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Neurocritical Care Live. NCS current and former officers are representing NCS at international meetings. Past Presidents Romer Geocadin MD and Claude Hemphill MD, as well as current NCS Treasurer Jose Suarez MD, spoke at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) conference in Milan, Italy in October 2016. NCS Vice President Gretchen Brophy PharmD, Past President Romer Geocadin MD, and NCS board member Fred Rincon MD spoke at the Mexican Critical Care Medicine meeting in the Neurocritical Care Course. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will be hosting their annual meeting in Honolulu Hawaii in January 2017. NCS Past President Cherilee Chang MD is the Chair of the Planning Committee for the Hawaii meeting. Lori Shutter MD and Matt Koenig MD are session chairs for the Neurocritical Care course offered at the SCCM meeting. ENLS courses are being organized across the country and in many international meetings. On December 2, 2016 in Greensborough NC, NCS members Mary Kay Bader RN, Gretchen Brophy Pharm D, Rhonda Cadena MD and Michael “Luke” James MD will be faculty at the course. Over 95 attendees have registered as of November 15! The course is being coordinated by local chapters of the American Association of Critical Care Nurse and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Members Jean Pruitt and Missy Moreda are coordinating efforts with NCS. Are you hosting an ENLS course in your area? Send me an update on who was involved and the turnout!! On a more adventurous front…NCS members Matt Koenig MD and Jennifer Moran ACNP of Queens Medical Center in Honolulu Hawaii competed in the “Ragnar 200-mile overnight relay race held in Hilo Hawaii on Oct 14-15, 2016. The grueling 200 miles was run with a team of six members…meaning they ran day and night until the 200 mile finish line was crossed. Their team, “Disco Nappers,” finished in 34 hours and 27 minutes. Running up and down elevations reaching 3557 feet, Matt and Jennifer and teammates ran relay style with segments of 5-10 miles at a time. What an amazing feat for the team. Great job!!! Remember if you have a news item, please forward it to me at Badermk@aol.com. Team Disco Nappers at the 2016 Ragnar Race in Hilo Hawaii: Bob Hoesch, Jolene Vicario Hughes, Scott Marshall, Katie Misner and NCS members Jennifer Moran, and Matt Koenig 14


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