May 1, 2012
SIU’s Alzheimer’s Educational Group Awarded for Expanded Services
The Outreach and Education Team of the The SIU Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD) has been honored with the Group Quality Award from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For nearly 20 years, the team has worked to improve and expand ongoing efforts to educate medical professionals, patients and families about Alzheimer’s disease.
The three-person team of Greg Kyrouac, Maggie Schaver and Leslie Randolph oversees 36 sites of the SIU Memory and Aging Network, which extends throughout 93 of the 102 counties in Illinois. These partnerships provide educational opportunities for citizens and a pathway for citizens to obtain earlier testing and treatment for dementia.
The group organizes or assists with more than 500 educational presentations, training workshops and conferences throughout the state, educating more than 15,000 Illinoisans and Alzheimer’s professionals each year. The team trains these health-care providers to help them educate, assess, and counsel their patients. They also organize numerous educational events throughout the year for both health-care professionals and the public on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of Alzheimer’s disease. The annual spring conference on prevention and early interventions for professionals is scheduled May 22. The annual event for the general public is scheduled May 30. Conferences on research and Alzheimer’s disease management are also held each autumn.
“As a team, Greg, Maggie and Leslie exemplify the mission of SIU School of Medicine through their dedication to education, patient care, research and service to the community,” said Dr. Tom Ala, interim director of CADRD. “Without their efforts to maintain and expand the educational outreach of CADRD and the Memory and Aging Network, citizens in rural and underserved areas would find it more difficult to get assessment and treatments for memory disorders.”
The annual Group Quality Award recognizes an SIU School of Medicine group for its contributions in delivering service or improving health outcomes or work processes as part of the medical school’s commitment to excellent service and quality health care.