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NCS Membership News By Mary Kay Bader, RN, MSN NCS members sharing knowledge, experience and exploring new arenas of research. At the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, NCS member contributions at the meeting were substantial. The SCCM conference was a great success and numerous topics related to neurocritical care were presented. Former NCS President Cheryl Chang was a co-chair of the meeting. Presenters included: Paul Vespa, Thomas Bleck, Claude Hemphill, George Lopez, Chad Miller, David Greer, Ed Manno, Lori Shutter, Matt Koenig, Jan Calaasen, Gregory Kapinos, Geoffrey Ling, Josh Levine, Gretchen Brophy, Jose Saurez, Javier Provencio, Fred Rincon, Avinash Kumar, Jua Ruchira, Wendy Ziai, Robert Stevens, Paul Nyguist, Sung Lee, Alejandro Rabinstein, Kazuma Nakagawa, and David Hwang. Wade Smith was the course director for the NCS ENLS course at SCCM. Our first NCS president, Thomas Bleck, will recieve the Lifetime Achievement Award next year. This award is given to only one person in critical care who has contributed important life work to the field. Presidential citations given at the SCCM conference went to NCS members Tom Bleck, David Greer, Ryan Hakimi, Javier Provencio, Alejandro Rabinstein, Fred Rincon and Gloria Rodriguez-Vega. Yale-New Haven Hospital Neuro ICU won the Family-Centered Care Innovation Award. Wake Forest Baptist Health Center Surgical ICU received honorable mention at the SCCM convocation and awards ceremony for ICU Design 2017. New Fellows of SCCM (FCCM) included NCS members Sherry Chou and Josh Meadow. NCS members are serving on numerous SCCM committees. Marie Baldisseri is serving as the chancellor of the Board of Regents of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) and won the Safar Global Partner Award. David Greer is on the Credentials Committee for ACCM. Cheryl Chang also serves as the Neuroscience Designated Seat for Council. Gloria Rodriguez-Vega will serve as co-chair for next year’s meeting. NCS nurse members are serving as leaders in other neuroscience societies and conducting research. American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) election results included two NCS nurse members: Congratulations to Michelle VanDemark and Mary Guanci. Michelle VanDemark at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was elected president elect of AANN. Mary Guanci, neuro critical care clinical nurse specialist at Mass General was elected to the AANN Board of Directors. Molly McNett and Daiwai Olson are leading a multicenter study called ONRAMP (Optimizing How Nurses Record And Monitor Cerebral Perfusion Pressure). Five centers have enrolled patients exploring the optimal approach for nurses to measure cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) when caring for critically ill patients with neurological injury. NCS members on the move: Dr. Stephan Mayer is transitioning to a new position in Detroit, Michigan: chair of neurology at Henry Ford Hospital. Mayer joins Henry Ford from Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where he served as the director of neurocritical care and was also the founding director of the Institute for Critical Care Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. 22


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