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08 January 2007
"Stroke 101: Improving Outcomes" --- Emory's School of Nursing March 2 Conference
On March 2, Atlanta's leading nurses, physicians, clinicians and researchers will discuss stroke and how to improve outcomes for stroke patients at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing's annual Virginia Lee Franklin Memorial Conference in Neurology.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America, and our country's number one cause of disability in adults, according to the National Stroke Association ( It is also preventable 80 percent of the time.

The conference is sponsored by the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and Emory Healthcare, and is co-sponsored by Emory's Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital. The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Friday, March 2 at the Atlanta History Center.

Experts will describe the signs and symptoms of stroke, discuss acute care of stroke patients, explain innovative treatments in stroke rehabilitation, examine current research on stroke and discuss the patient and family experience of stroke.

The conference, originally initiated to benefit Emory nursing students and faculty, now draws a large audience of nurses and health care professionals. The conference also is open to members of the general public who are interested in learning more about stroke.


WHAT: "Stroke 101: Improving Outcomes" --- Annual 2007 Virginia Lee Franklin Conference in Neurology

WHO: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

SPONSORS: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Emory Healthcare; co-sponsored by Emory's Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital

WHEN: Friday, March 2, 2007

TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Overlook Atlanta History Center 130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30305

COST: Early registration $40, before February 21 $50 after February 21 or $60 at the door (space permitting) $30 for Emory, Wesley Woods and Neurology faculty and staff $15 for all students

To register, contact: Cathy Jones at 404-712-9633 or

CE Credits: Approved for 5.2 contact hours. Emory Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

About Virginia Lee Franklin Virginia Lee Franklin earned a master's degree in nursing from Emory University in 1957 and taught surgical nursing at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. To honor her after her death in 1981, her parents D. Murray and Katherine Franklin created the Virginia Lee Franklin Memorial Trust. In the spirit of Virginia's commitment to teaching and to the specialty of neurology, the trust supports an annual conference dedicated to the advancement of neuroscience teaching, research and practice.

About The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, which celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2005, is recognized as a leader in the preparation of nurses for beginning and advanced practice. Graduates of the programs are at the forefront in leadership, serving as role models for excellence in nursing practice throughout the world. The School of Nursing is especially committed to improving nursing practice through its key values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility. To learn more, visit or call 404-727-7980. ###

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