The Mission & Vision of GNYMA Stroke Coordinators


The mission of the Stroke Coordinators in the New York Greater Metro Area is to apply the concept of community among each other and towards the practice of patient care.


The vision of the Stroke Coordinators in the New York Greater Metro Area is to focus on evidence based interventions for the purpose of achieving health equity in the diverse communities that we serve.

The GNYMASCC is made up of dedicated Stroke Coordinators from the greater New York metro area.


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Kerri-Ann Bell, DNP, NP-C has over 7 years combined experience in neuroscience nursing. She worked in the neuroscience unit at Montefiore Medical Center for over 5 years and has been in her current role as the Stroke Program Coordinator for a little under 2 years. By the third month into her role as Stroke Coordinator, Kerri-Ann helped lead Montefiore through a successful survey by The Joint Commission for certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. With improved patient outcomes as top priority, she continuously seeks to find ways to improve the stroke program at Montefiore through quality and process improvement initiatives. In her time as Stroke Coordinator, she has made it her mission to increase awareness about Stroke within the community and has established the first Stroke Survivor Group at the Moses location. 
Kerri-Ann has been in the nursing profession for over a decade. She has a masters and doctoral degree in nursing practice and continually pursues opportunities to be a change agent in healthcare.


Kristine Deblois-Ortiz, BSN, RN, SCRN is currently the Administrative Stroke Center Coordinator of Mount Sinai Brooklyn, a site that has achieved  Get With The Guidelines® awards which is recognized by the American Heart /American Stroke Association. In addition to her role within the world of Stroke, Kristine is also the Nurse Manager of Nursing Quality & Patient Safety.  She chairs the Falls Committee and co-chairs the Patient Quality & Safety Committee.

Kristine has over a decade of experience in Acute Stroke management, leading one facility to be certified and re-certified by TJC as a Primary Stroke Center.  During this time, she has worked as a nursing supervisor at a rehabilitation facility and has led several stroke support groups. Kristine has expertise in acute stroke management, regulatory, and quality. She has served as Correspondence Secretary and Vice President of the GNYMASCC in the past.


Kristine Deblois-Ortiz is passionate about the community and continually looks for opportunity to provide excellent outcomes in the healthcare field. 


Michele Gribko, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, SCRN is the past president of the Greater New York Metropolitan Stroke Coordinator Consortium.  She is currently the Director of Quality for Neurosciences at Northwell Health.


Michele has over 35 years of experience as a nurse, having started her career in pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).  Following her work at MSKCC, Michele created an adverse event database for a pharmaceutical company, worked as a staff nurse in an ED and was a clinical manager for a hematology/oncology office.


As the Stroke Program Coordinator at North Shore University Hospital, the hospital received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center in 2015.  


Tara Roche, MSN, RN has worked in neuroscience nursing for over 20 years.  Tara worked at SUNY Upstate and Beth Israel North in their neuroscience unit for over ten years.  In 2003, Beth Israel North closed and Tara was promoted as Nurse Manager of the Neurology floor which included a stroke unit, epilepsy monitor and neurosurgical step down at Beth Israel Medical Center-Petrie Division.  In 2014, Tara was recruited to become Stroke Coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens.


Tara has her masters in Healthcare Management and certifications in Neuroscience and Stroke.  She looks forward to working with the GNYMASCC and contribute her expertise.


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