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May 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – In recognition of the month of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) was honored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for its exceptional care for local residents who have suffered strokes. The proclamations signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett were presented to GWV officials this month.
Governor Corbett commended GWV saying “since its inception, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has remained committed to its efforts to provide quality, comprehensive health care and its services to its patients. I commend all those associated with this hospital for their compassion, stewardship and dedication for improving the quality of life for their fellow citizens.”
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and leading cause of disability in the United States, claiming the life of one American every four minutes.
“The best course of treatment for stroke is, of course, prevention,” said Edgar Kenton, M.D., director of the Geisinger Stroke Program. “While Geisinger has excelled in treating strokes, during National Stroke Awareness Month, we encourage our neighbors to do what they can to keep a stroke from occurring by taking regular aspirin, controlling hypertension, maintaining a healthy diet and monitoring weight.”
Along with GWV, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton were also honored with similar proclamations from Governor Corbett.
GWV stroke team members pictured from left: and Andrew Raposo, RN, stroke program coordinator, GWV;
Teena O’Connor, RN, operations manager, neurology, GWV; Mary Ann Blosky, stroke program coordinator,
GWV; Edgar Kenton, M.D.; and Ron Beer, vice president, clinical operations, GWV.
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