Contact: Linda J Johnson, senior manager, regional communications
UPMC Chautauqua WCA
Mobile: 716-969-2113
E-mail: Johnsonlj4@upmc.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hosts "Let's Talk About Stroke" May 23

JAMESTOWN, NY (Monday, May 21, 2018)—May is National Stroke Month and the UPMC Chautauqua WCA stroke and wellness team will provide stroke prevention information and offer a free interactive activity that demonstrates the effects of a stroke on Wednesday, May 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main lobby at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown.  The education is free to the public.  Parking is available in the visitor’s parking lot adjacent to the front entrance of the hospital.

The stroke/emergency, wellness, and inpatient medical rehabilitation teams will be available to answer questions.  According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.  It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

“It is crucial if someone is experiencing signs of a stroke to get medical attention immediately,” said Emelia Harley, RN, MSN, director of nursing, UPMC Chautauqua WCA.  “Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready to recognize the signs and act fast. This free education gives staff important information on how to spot the signs of a stroke and learn how to act fast to get care immediately.”

The stroke team will demonstrate the devastating effects that stroke sufferers experience and bring awareness of the importance of stroke prevention and education.  The public can participate with the stroke team in an interactive activity demonstrated on a mini-golf turf that reveals the different disabilities that a patient may experience if he/she had a stroke.

“Learn why and what you can do about a stroke,” adds Toni DeAngelo, RN, director of community health and wellness at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.  “Stop by and learn how to act FAST!”

For more information on the free stroke program, contact UPMC Chautauqua WCA Public Relations, at 716-664-8614.  To learn more about the hospital, go to UPMCChautauquaWCA.org.

 

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About UPMC Community Benefits

Nearly 600 UPMC Chautauqua WCA residents received essential diagnostic information through screenings in 2016.  Health screenings are a small part of the more than $892 million a year that UPMC provides in total IRS-defined community benefits, including more care to the Pittsburgh region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution.  Over the past five years, UPMC has dedicated nearly $4 billion to community-focused programs and services, making a substantial impact for the well-being of the people who live, work, learn and raise their families in Pennsylvania.  The complete UPMC Community Benefits Report is available online at upmc.com.

 

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