Three Central Valley Hospitals Launch Awareness CampaignApr 27, 2016
April 27, 2016
TURLOCK, Calif. –During American Stroke Month in May, Emanuel Medical Center, Doctors Medical Center of Modesto and Doctors Hospital of Manteca will launch a comprehensive awareness campaign that includes a free online assessment designed to help you determine YOUR risk of stroke.
Here’s why it’s important for every American adult to know whether he or she is at risk of stroke:
·Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.
·One out of six people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime.
·Stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability in the US.
·Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in this country, killing almost 130,000 people every year.
·Eighty percent of strokes are preventable.
The three Central Valley hospitals offer a comprehensive network of potentially life-saving stroke and cardiac services at convenient, easily accessible locations in their communities. They have also increased their sponsorship with the American Heart Association to provide greater support, patient education and community outreach regarding stroke and cardiovascular disease.
“Everyone should know their risk for stroke, because getting fast, accurate diagnosis and treatment can literally be a matter of life and death,” said Sue Micheletti, CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “The free online risk assessment tool we are offering allows anyone in our community to find out for themselves whether they are at risk. Our three hospitals, working collaboratively with the AHA, are dedicated to reducing the toll from stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases by 20 percent by the year 2020.”
As part of the campaign, the three hospitals will offer a variety of resources to increase community and patient awareness of stroke. These include:
- Online Risk Assessment Test – Residents can assess their risk for stroke by filling out a brief online questionnaire. Those whose risk for stroke is found to be high will receive a referral to a local specialist. People considered at medium or low risk will receive detailed information about stroke, including how to spot the sudden signs of a stroke. The link is ValleyHealthCheck.com/StrokeCheck.
- Public Service Announcement – A 30-second public service announcement sponsored by the three hospitals and shown on local TV stations throughout Stroke Month will give key facts about stroke, as well as simple steps to reduce risk.
- Free Informational Flyers – Flyers with educational information and tips about how to reduce the risk of stroke will be made available to visitors to the three hospitals throughout May.
About Emanuel Medical Center
Emanuel Medical Center is a 209-bed acute care hospital located in Turlock, Calif. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services and surgical services. Emanuel Medical Center also offers a tele-neurology program to treat some patients with stroke or other neurological issues in Turlock. To search for a doctor by specialty or location phone (209) 250-5350. For hospital information, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.