OakBend Medical Center’s annual “Stepping Out Against Stroke 3k” is growing and going strong. This year over 350 people registered to walk the 3K and support the stroke program at OakBend. The Stroke Walk, held at Seabourne Creek Nature Park, included breakfast, health screenings for blood pressure and a DJ to entertain the crowd while they visited with vendors. The crowd began the walk with a series of stretches lead by the Deidre Doggett, a physical therapy specialist. This year, two stroke survivors, Malcom Krause and Preston Worley participated in the walk, along with their stroke therapist Kelley Drabek. Both men suffered a stroke in 2015 but with physical therapy and determination they both walked and completed the 3K.
A new event geared toward children was added to the Stroke Walk this year and that was the Junior Stroke Ranger. Throughout the walk signs were strategically placed representing the 4 warning signs of stroke:
F – Face Drooping
A – Arm Weakness
S – Speech Difficulty
T – Time to call 9-1-1’
The children would stop at each section and perform for the volunteers, from face making to jumping jacks for 30 seconds. If, at the end of the walk, the children had performed all 4 acts, they were awarded with a Junior Stroke Ranger badge.
The 2016 sponsors were based on the FAST warning signs:
“F” Face Drooping Sponsors:
“A” Arm Weakness Sponsors:
Main Event Screen Print & Embroidery
“S” Speech Difficulty Sponsors:
Central Fort Bend Chamber Leadership Fort Bend Class of 2016 First Medical Respond Rosenberg Health and Rehabilitation Center
“T” Time to call 9-1-1 Sponsors:
Amed Community Hospice
Bethany HomeHealth Services
Cambridge Health & Rehabilitation
EMR Support Group, LLC
Fort Bend Healthcare Center
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Mr. C’s Homestyle Catering
State Representative John Zerwas, M.D.
OakBend Medical Center has once again been honored with the Gold Plus Performance Award for its “Get With The Guidelines®” program, which promotes consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines for stroke victims.
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth largest cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. A stroke affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. When a stroke occurs, the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain either become blocked by a clot or by ruptures. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs so it and brain cells die.
By participating in the “Get With the Guidelines®” program, OakBend Medical Center is reviewed for twelve consecutive months and must have maintained a performance level of following key measures in treatment guidelines for at least 85% of the time. This year’s award was given at OakBend’s Stepping Out Against Stroke Walk with Kate Ramos from the American Heart Association making the presentation.
“It is an honor to once again receive this award. It shows Dr. Shukla’s great leadership in our stroke program and our employees’ dedication to go above and beyond in maintaining adherence to the protocols of the stroke program. It was great to see two stroke survivors walking in support of our stroke program. This proves that working the “Get With The Guidelines®” program can help stroke survivors have successful outcomes,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO, OakBend Medical Center.