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February 3, 2016 – Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center and Mobilemedic EMS of Hurleyville will host a free Community Stroke Education Seminar on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Catskill Regional Medical Center, 68 Harris Bushville Road, Harris, NY. This free program is open to all Sullivan County EMS, medical professionals, police agencies and interested individuals and groups. Catskill Regional’s Director of Emergency Services, Carlos Holden, M.D. will be the guest speaker. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required but seating is limited.

Dr. Holden will discuss the signs and symptoms of a stroke, stroke prevention tips, and how Catskill Regional’s recent New York State regional stroke center certification positively impacts the care provided to stroke patients.

“During a stroke, every minute counts,” said Dr. Holden. “By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can be prepared to take quick action and perhaps save a life — maybe even your own.”

Stroke treatment begins with EMS professionals working in the field in tandem with hospital emergency department staff.

“The sooner we can begin treatment on a patient suffering from a stroke, the better the chances are for recovery,” said Albee Bockman of Mobilemedic EMS.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. One American dies from a stroke every four minutes, on average. Stroke is the leading cause for serious, long-term adult disability.

Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


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