American Heart Association/American Stroke Association makes award presentation
OakBend Medical Center’s annual Stepping Out Against Stroke 3K is growing and going strong. This year over 400 people registered to walk the 3K and support the stroke program at OakBend.
The Stroke Walk, held at Seabourne Creek Nature Park, included breakfast snacks, health screenings for blood pressure and a DJ to entertain the crowd while they visited with vendors.
The crowd began the walk with a series of stretches lead by Luis Aguilar, a physical therapy and occupational therapy specialist. For the second year, there was a specific event geared toward children, the Junior Stroke Ranger. At each of the four stations, the children were asked to perform certain tasks such as face making to jumping jacks for 30 seconds. If, at the end of the walk, the children had performed all four acts, they were awarded with a Junior Stroke Ranger badge.
Throughout the walk, signs were strategically placed representing the four warning signs of stroke: FAST:
F – Face Drooping
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Difficulty
T – Time to call 9-1-1
For the eighth consecutive year, OakBend Medical Center has been honored with the Gold Plus Performance Award for its Get With The Guidelines program, which promotes consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines for stroke victims.
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth largest cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. A stroke affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. When a stroke occurs, the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain either become blocked by a clot or by ruptures. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs so it and brain cells die.
By participating in the Get With the Guidelines program, OakBend Medical Center is reviewed for 12 consecutive months and must have maintained a performance level of following key measures in treatment guidelines for at least 85 percent of the time. This year’s award was given at OakBend’s 2017 Stepping Out Against Stroke Walk with Allison Capetillo from the American Heart Association making the presentation.
“Dr. Shukla’s great leadership in our stroke program and our employees’ dedication to go above and beyond to maintain adherence to the protocols of the stroke program are part of what makes OakBend Medical Center a great hospital. Working the Get With The Guidelines program is designed to help stroke survivors have successful outcomes,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO, OakBend Medical Center, “and we are proud to receive our eighth consecutive award for our participation in this program.”
To find out more about OakBend Medical Center’s award winning stroke program, visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org.