Podcast Episode 77: An Aware in Care Success Story

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The Aware in Care (AIC) kit is one way to ensure patient safety during a hospitalization. It provides useful tools to use before, during, and after a hospitalization, such as a list of medications that a person with Parkinson’s disease is taking, instructions to the hospital staff about dispensing medications on the person’s individual schedule, a list of drugs that should not be administered, and more. As useful as the AIC kits may be for the person with PD, another aspect for a safe and successful hospital stay involves the hospital staff being knowledgeable and the hospital systems being ready to treat a person with PD. For that, the staff needs to know about the unique needs of people with PD and be prepared to meet them. That’s where AIC Ambassadors come in. This podcast episode describes a success story of AIC Ambassador Kathy McMurray reaching out to and working with nurse administrator Sara Holman, Director of the Ortho-Neuro Service Lines at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana, both of whom were instrumental in educating hospital staff and refining the electronic medical records system to meet the unique needs to treat people with PD.

The Aware in Care Kit is made possible by the generous support of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation.

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Released: March 24, 2020

KathyKathy McMurray

Kathy McMurray was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 36.  12 years later, Kathy is still very active with the Parkinson’s community.  In 2014, Kathy had Deep Brain Stimulation surgery resulting in a return emergency room visit. This experience made her fully aware of the need to take your Parkinson’s meds on time, every time. This is the mission of Aware in Care Ambassadors and in 2019, Kathy joined the 100+ team nationwide advocating the mission.

Kathy remains extremely active with the Parkinson’s Awareness Support Association of the Tri-State (PASATS) in Evansville, Indiana, and has focused her efforts on obtaining additional PD specific exercise and rehabilitation resources in the area and organizing PASAT’s annual PD symposium, Living Well with Parkinson’s - Evansville.

SaraSara Holman, MSN, RN, CMSRN

Sara Holman is the Director of the Ortho-Neuro Service Lines at Deaconess Health System in Evansville, Indiana. Sara’s career with Deaconess Health System started when she was a 17-year-old secretary in neuroscience intensive care. As a graduate of Henderson County High School, Henderson Community College and the University of Southern Indiana, Sara has worked for Deaconess over the years as a patient care tech, staff nurse, coordinator of the Magnet accreditation process, assistant director of nursing and manager of orthopaedics and joint replacement. Working with the Parkinson's Foundation's Aware in Care Ambassador program, she was instrumental in educating Deaconess staff about the unique needs of patients with Parkinson's and implementing changes to Deaconess's electronic medical records system to facilitate best practices for patients with PD.

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