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Published on April 24, 2012

Nazareth Hospital Offers Free Screening and Education During Stroke Awareness Month

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA: During Stroke Awareness Month in May, Nazareth Hospital offers free education and screening to help people learn how to reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.

"As a nationally certified Primary Stroke Center, Nazareth Hospital is committed to providing excellent care for patients with stroke," said Nancy Cherone, Interim CEO of Nazareth Hospital. "Because we are leaders in stroke care, it's important for us to educate our community to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke. If you experience the signs and symptoms of stroke, call 9-1-1 right away. Any delay in getting treatment can reduce your chance of a good outcome."

The signs and symptoms of stroke include these suddenly occurring symptoms: Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; Trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination; Trouble seeing in one or both eyes; Severe headache with no known cause.

Nazareth is offering free stroke risk assessments to the community on Stroke Alert Day -- May 1, 2012 -- from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Nazareth Hospital Main Lobby, 2601 Holme Avenue.

Free stroke risk assessments will also be available between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. every Wednesday in May in the Hospital’s Main Lobby.  No appointment is required. 

Nazareth Hospital, a nationally certified Primary Stroke Center, was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care by HealthGrades, earned the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award in 2011 and 2012, has been the recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM four times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012). Nazareth Hospital provides advanced emergency stroke treatment, a 20-bed acute rehabilitation unit certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), acute inpatient physical and occupational therapy, Transitional Care, and outpatient physical therapy at Nazareth Hospital Center for Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Balance.

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Christy A. McCabe
Director, Marketing Communications

Nazareth Hospital
2601 Holme Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152

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