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SEATTLE - (May. 12, 2009) — Virginia Mason Medical Center (VM) is hosting a stroke awareness open house Monday, May 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Leading neurology experts will talk about stroke prevention and tips for caregivers. Stroke rehabilitation information will include "Wii-hab" demonstrations.

"Since May is stroke awareness month, this is a great time to remember that 80 percent of all strokes can be prevented" says Melinda Carter, MSN, ARNP, stroke nurse practitioner at VM.

Stroke, also called a brain attack, occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. Every year, more than 780,000 people suffer a stroke. Five to 14 percent of those people will have an additional stroke within one year.

Virginia Mason established The Stroke Center in 2004 and is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

Event Summary

WHAT: Stroke Awareness Open House

WHO: Speakers include Timothy Scearce, MD, neurologist, Group Health, and Kris Rhoads, PhD, neuropsychologist, Virginia Mason. Virginia Mason's Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Clinic staff will provide information on stroke risk screening.

WHEN: Monday, May 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Virginia Mason Seattle Main Campus, Volney Richmond Auditorium, Lindeman Pavilion, Level 1, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, Wash.

COST: Free

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. Register online or call (206) 341-0183.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

For media inquiries only, contact:
Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

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