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MEDIA RELEASE

CONTACT:
Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

04/26/2010

Genesys conducts free talk on stroke prevention

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Did you know ....
... every 45 seconds someone in this country has a stroke?
... stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US?
... approximately one in four people die within one year after having a stroke?
... 30 percent to 50 percent of stroke survivors do not regain functional independence after a stroke? ... Genesee County has one of the highest rates of stroke in the state?
... you can reduce your risk factors for a stroke?

Dara Headrick, DO, medical director of the Genesys Inpatient Rehabilitation Center and the stroke center, will discuss how to reduce the risks of stroke at a free talk scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, at 3 p.m., at Genesys Conference and Banquet Center on the Genesys Health Park campus in Grand Blanc Township.

Dr. Headrick will talk about how common stroke is, what a stroke is, why it is a medical emergency, how to identify the signs of a stroke, how to reduce the risk of stroke, and what to do if you suspect stroke.

In addition to the talk, Genesys nurses will provide free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To sign up for "Stroke: Reducing your risk," call 810-606-6265.

Genesys is the only hospital in the region to receive advanced certification from the Joint Commission for its stroke services. This achievement means Genesys has been recognized for its exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for its stroke patients.

To obtain this advanced certification as a Disease-Specific Care-Advanced Primary Care Stroke Center, Genesys must meet Joint Commission rigorous national standards and safety goals that demonstrate safe, high-quality care, treatment and services for stroke patients, with continued efforts to improve processes.

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