Crouse Hospital's stroke program was the first in the area to earn the Gold Plus-designation from the American Heart/Stroke Associations. To further enhance the quality and service Crouse extends to stroke patients, the hospital has appointed a Stroke Program Administrator.
Rochele Clark, RN, BSN, has been named to the position. In her new role, Clark will coordinate the clinical processes of the hospital’s stroke center through data collection, quality improvement initiatives and education to ensure the highest level of stroke care across the continuum, including prevention, acute hospitalization and rehabilitation.
Clark, who has more than 25 years of nursing leadership experience, most recently served as Vice President, Clinical Services, for REACH Call Inc., where she was responsible for providing clinical expertise and education to develop and sustain telestroke programs at a national level. She served as the stroke program coordinator at Upstate Medical University from 2006 to 2008 and also served as co-chair of the CNY Stroke Task Force, responsible for coordinating a multi-media campaign for improving stroke awareness in conjunction with the American Heart Association.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Rochele’s caliber and experience to oversee the day-to-day leadership and continued development of our stroke program,” says Tarakad Ramachandran, MD, medical director of neurosciences at Crouse.
Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Upstate Medical University. In 2008, she was awarded the American Heart Association’s quality award for outstanding nurse leader.