Saint Alphonsus Health System
May is National Stroke Awareness Month
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Elizabeth C. Duncan, Director of Media & Public Relations
Desk (208) 367-8121 Cell (208) 724-8047

Saint Alphonsus Provides Life Saving Stroke Education
May is Stroke Month: Education and excellent care key to survival & recovery

Boise, Idaho – May 1, 2013 – During May – National Stroke Awareness Month - Saint Alphonsus is offering information that could help you or a loved one survive a stroke.
Each year approximately 795,000 Americans suffer stroke. 140,000 Americans die of stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Saint Alphonsus is dedicated to providing comprehensive, evidence-based care for those who are impacted by stroke. When stroke occurs, the Saint Alphonsus continuum of care provides the process for a meaningful recovery for both the patient and their loved ones that heals mind body and spirit.

• Care begins shortly after the call to

• The continuum of care is initiated as EMS transports the patient to the stroke center Emergency Department.

• With emergency, neurology, teleneurology and neuroradiology physicians and specially trained nurses and staff the medical team assembles to provide exceptional state-of -the-art care that is individualized for each patient.

• Whether an inpatient in the ICU or the stroke unit, therapy and patient education begin on day one.

• After the inpatient stay, therapy options include acute inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation or rehabilitation at home.

• Stroke support groups are active in both Boise and Caldwell on a monthly basis so stroke survivors and their families stay connected and informed.

• Follow-up care with a primary physician is available throughout the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group as we strive to provide preventative care and education.

In addition to providing a full spectrum of care for stroke patients, Saint Alphonsus is committed to reducing the risk of stroke in our community.
Knowing the signs of stroke can also help save lives. That’s why the acronym FAST is considered an invaluable tool: Knowing the signs below could help you save someone’s life:

F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
T - Time to call 911: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

For more information on the Stroke Center Continuum of Care and stroke education, visit Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center was Idaho's first certified stroke program in 2007, and that experience shows by providing superior care for all types of stroke.

About Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center
Saint Alphonsus is a 387-licensed bed regional medical center serving people throughout the Northwest. As a not-for-profit medical center, Saint Alphonsus reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community based. Saint Alphonsus focuses on providing services in a spiritual, healing environment, and is renowned for its state-of-the-art digital environment and pioneering technologies; award-winning clinical services; and the region’s only Level II Trauma Center. Saint Alphonsus is part of Saint Alphonsus Health System, a four-hospital, 714-bed integrated healthcare system serving the full range of the health and wellness needs of the people in southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health.
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About Saint Alphonsus Health System
Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital, 714-bed regional, faith-based Catholic ministry with over 4,300 Associates and 950 medical staff. Serving the people of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada, Saint Alphonsus Health System is comprised of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, Idaho; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Group, with more than 275 primary care and specialty care providers at 35 clinic locations. As a not-for-profit health system, Saint Alphonsus Health System reinvests profits back into the community and works to improve the health and well-being of those we serve by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, innovative and community-based. Saint Alphonsus Health System is a member of Trinity Health, Novi, Michigan. To find out more go to: