KISS
About KISS

About KISS

KISS is organized as a four prong approach to the care of acute stroke.

  1. Organize and partner with EMS to provide screening, evaluation, and routing to ensure the fastest and safest delivery of care.
  2. Provide Education and support to ANY hospital that desires assistance in evaluation and treatment of stroke.
  3. Assist with the transport and evaluation/treatment through a network of both Primary and Comprehensive Stroke Centers;
  4. Improve the publics knowledge of stroke to provide the opportunity for treatment.

How does KISS do this?

  1. By providing free education at all levels for providers in each of the 6 ambulance regions in the state of Kansas through Stroke Bootcamps, “First Tuesdays” 30 minute stroke webinars, and statewide case reviews.
  2. By providing a free Physician 24/7 stroke support line to assist with the evaluation and decision on treatment/transfer for any of your stroke patients.
  3. Certification/Attestation for Emergency Stroke Ready Hospital. (see Resources)

Partners:

  1. University of Kansas Health System – Vascular Neurology Group
  2. Ascension Via-Christi Wichita – Neuro-Critical Care Team

Kansas Initiative for Stroke Survival Executive Board

Many of the members of the KISS executive board have participated in this initiative since 2011. There are members of varying backgrounds (Vascular Neurologist, Emergency Physicians, Intensivist, Hospitalists, Nurse Leadership, Stroke Coordinators, Administration and EMS) from different regions of the state.  Our common goal is to improve acute stroke care for our patients across the state.

Colleen Lechtenberg  MD (Executive Director) The University of Kansas Health System
Sarah Langston RN (Vice President) The University of Kansas Health System
Tara Logan (Secretary The University of Kansas Health System
Abe Teferra (Treasurer) The University of Kansas Health System
Chaeli Stenuf RN (Executive Board Member) The University of Kansas Health System
Kristina Willour RN ((Executive Board Member) Ascension Via Christi Wichita
Wyssem Ramdani MD (Executive Board Member) Ascension Via Christi Wichita
Angela Mendez RN(Executive Board Member) Stormont Vail Healthcare
Carol Groen  RN (Executive Board Member) Hays Med – The University of Kansas Health System
Mindy Olberding  RN (Executive Board Member) Community Healthcare System
Nick Robbins  EMT-P (Executive Board Member) Franklin County EMS
Angela Welch  RN (Executive Board Member) Advent Health Ottawa
Naomi Powers  RN (Executive Board Member) Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg
Jessica Cobb RN (Executive Board Member) Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg
Brittan Zuccarelli MD (Executive Board Member) Salina Regional Health
Tony Nunn RN (Advisory Board) The University of Kansas Health System
Lindsey Peters APRN (Advisory Board) The University of Kansas Health System
Hartej Sethi MD (Advisory Board) Stormant Vail Health
Shamik Shah MD (Advisory Board) Stormant Vail Health
Tim Stebbins MD (Advisory Board) Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg
Rod Pace RN EMT-P (Advisory Board) Air Methods
Jim Walker MD (Advisory Board) Ascension Via Christi Wichita