LLUMC nurse appointed to state health care task force on cardiovascular disease
Sally Kaiser-Dyer, MA, RN, coordinator of the Cardiac Lifestyle Management Clinic, community education programs, and co-director of the Women’s Heart Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center, participated on the panel in the January 22, 2004, stroke and heart disease public forum leading up to the development of the statewide task force she has been appointed to recently.
Sally Kaiser-Dyer, MA, RN, coordinator of the cardiac lifestyle management clinic, community education programs, and co-director of the Women’s Heart Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center, received notification from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration that she was appointed as one of 12 members of the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Treatment Task Force on July 29.
The task force is established under Assembly Bill 1220. AB 1220, introduced in February 2003 by Assemblywoman Patty Berg, (D), was signed into law September 16, 2003, by the governor and took effect on January 1, 2004. The law mandates the California Department of Health Services, California Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program (CHDSP) to assist a 12-member task force in developing a state master plan for heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment.
Members of the task force are appointed by the speaker of the assembly (three members), the senate committee on rules (three members), and by the governor (six members). Ms. Kaiser-Dyer is one of the six appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
Ms. Kaiser-Dyer has served as the RN coordinator for the Cardiac Lifestyle Management Clinic at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute since 2000. Prior to this she was responsible for the development and implementation of several cardiac risk factor management clinics in Southern California.
Her passion has been helping patients decrease their risk for cardiovascular disease. Ms. Kaiser-Dyer is a member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurse Association and the American Heart Association.
Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in California. The CHDSP reports that in 1999, 58,476 people died from heart disease and 18,079 died of stroke. The total hospital charges for heart disease was $6 billion and for stroke $2.1 billion.
The task force will create a comprehensive heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment state master plan containing recommendations to the legislature and the governor. The plan will address changes to existing law, regulations, programs, services, and policies with the main goal of improving heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment in California.
Ms. Kaiser-Dyer and other members of the task force will build on the information gathered at seven public forums held throughout California in 2004 about heart disease, stroke prevention, and treatment. Forums were held in Eureka, Fresno, the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco.
Preston Clarke Smithprsmith@ahs.llumc.edu
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