Medical City Denton May 30, 2014

Committed to stroke prevention and care, Medical City Denton hosted month-long awareness campaign

Medical City Denton and other North Texas HCA hospitals collaborated with the Texas Stroke Institute this May in a campaign to support National Stroke Awareness Month. In a friendly competition with their sister facilities,Medical City Denton's employees overwhelmingly embraced the health awareness initiative and the hospital emerged as the facility leader with the highest rate of employee participation in the campaign.

As the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., approximately 795,000 people will have a stroke this year; however, it is important to note that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by managing controllable risk factors. The campaign’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of strokes, a leading and nondiscriminatory cause of serious, long-term adult disability.

Medical City Denton and other HCA hospitals hosted a week-long t-shirt drive aimed at encouraging education, conversations and reminders of the time sensitivity associated with brain attacks. The campaign wrapped up last week with a group photo on “FAST Friday.” Designed by the Texas Stroke Institute, the campaign t-shirts promoted the “Act FAST” message, which is an easy-to-remember acronym for the identifying signs and symptoms of a stroke.

How to recognize and respond to stroke warning signs by acting FAST:

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

In addition to their joint efforts with the Texas Stroke Institute, Medical City Denton also supported this national health observance on social media with weekly informative posts throughout the month of May. A prime example of the hospital’s outreach efforts can be seen in its stroke awareness video, “The Signs of Our Time: Recognizing Stroke Symptoms.” This is a continuance of the hospital’s commitment to stroke awareness and care in the North Texas area.

“Medical City Denton is dedicated to providing the best overall care and support for those impacted by stroke. An extensive part of our efforts focus on developing compelling programs concentrated on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support,” said Crystal Perry, Trauma and Stroke Program Director at Medical City Denton. “Our employees’ overwhelming support of this campaign wholly demonstrates our commitment to the care and improvement of human life in the community; I am very proud of our team.”

Medical City Denton is a designated Primary Stroke Center–certified by the Joint Commission in conjunction with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Achievement of the Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Medical City Denton’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that their program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.