St. Mary Medical Center to Host Stroke Symposium during National Stroke Awareness Month

chs-stockEvery 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, according to the American Stroke Association, and one out of six Americans will suffer a stroke at some point in their lifetime. To raise awareness and help the community evaluate their risk for stroke, St. Mary Medical Center will host its annual Stroke Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 7 at the hospital, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave. in Hobart.

Healthcare specialists and leaders in the areas of stroke prevention, detection and treatment will present on a variety of stroke-related topics:

9 a.m. – Stroke is an Emergency
Hansa Sawlani, M.D.
St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department

9:30 a.m. – Cardiology Related to Stroke
Zlatan Stepanovic, M.D.
Medical Director ICU, Director Heart Failure Clinic

10:30 a.m. – Stroke 101
Mark Simaga, M.D.
Neurologist, Medical Director of the Stroke Center

11:30 a.m. – Hemorrhagic Stroke
Ankit Mehta, M.D.
Neurosurgery, St. Mary Medical Center

12:15 p.m. – Rehabilitation after Stroke
Acute Rehabilitation Team
St. Mary Medical Center

12:45 p.m. – Get Your Plate in Shape
Chef Ryan C. Smith
Production Supervisor/Chef

The event will also feature a vendor fair providing stroke education and resources, and free health screenings, including lipid profile screening, A1C glucose screening, body composition and blood pressure. 12 hour fasting is recommended for the lipid profile and glucose screening.

Advanced registration for this free event is necessary. To register, call 219-836-3477 or toll free at 1-866-836-3477. Attendees are encouraged use the free valet parking at the West Entrance of the hospital.