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Community Invited to Stroke Health Fair at St. Anthony's Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (October 13, 2011) – With stroke being the third leading cause of death behind heart and cancer diseases for Americans, St. Anthony’s Hospital will host a community stroke health fair to educate on the seriousness of the disease. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts and part of the brain cannot get the blood it needs. According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke and on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.

St. Anthony’s Hospital will host a free community stroke health fair on Friday, November 4, 2011, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Hospital Auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Free health screenings include blood glucose and blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol. St. Anthony’s Hospital physicians and experts will provide a series of stroke-related seminars.

Activities include cooking demonstrations, Sign Chi-Do wellness demonstration, chair massages and healthy snacks samples. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Physician Seminars include:

Allan Weiss, MD, neurologist, will speak on Medical Management of Stroke

Monica Emory, RD, registered dietitian, speaks on The Role of Nutrition in Prevention and Treatment of Stroke

Eugene Murphy, MD, vascular surgeon, speaks on Surgical Management of Stroke

 To register for this free community event or for more information, call (727) 953-6993 or visit www.stanthonys.com/StrokeHealthFair.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. As St. Anthony’s celebrates its 80th year in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award. St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR two consecutive times.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

Contacts:
Beth Hardy, (727) 298-6199 Phone; (727) 402-8113 Pager
Sherry Robinson, (727) 825-1445 Phone;  (727) 257-7052 Pager