What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association?
Almost 11 years ago, I applied for the Illinois Director of Quality Improvement position at the American Heart Association - Midwest Affiliate. I had worked in health care for many years and I knew that promoting compliance with evidence based medicine could impact thousands of patient lives. I wanted to use my health care education and experience to help lead those efforts in IL.
What issues or policies are you most passionate about and why?
I want to make sure patients receive every intervention they are eligible for, according to our AHA/ASA science, when they are being treated for a heart attack or stroke, regardless of where they reside in our state.
What is your favorite advocacy memory or experience so far and what made it great?
My favorite advocacy memory was helping to pass stroke legislation here in Illinois. This law passed in 2009 and assured that regardless of where you had a stroke in our state, you would be taken directly to a hospital that had the ability to treat the acute stroke patient, providing the best possible outcomes for our citizens. You should be able to live anywhere in our state and receive quality stroke care.
What is your favorite way to be active?
Working alongside our AHA volunteers to educate clinicians and increase awareness of AHA quality initiatives has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as Regional VP, Quality & Systems Improvement. That's how I like to keep active.
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