Free seminar on stroke care


Stroke is the number four cause of death in Lincoln County and is caused by blockages or ruptures in the blood vessels leading to or within the brain. The right care, when done quickly, can save both lives and quality of life.

Dr. Lesley Ogden, chief executive officer of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH), will discuss the hospital’s award-winning stroke care during a free seminar from 5:30 pm. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Center for Health Education in Newport.

Last year, SPCH received a Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, which recognized the hospital’s commitment to providing appropriate stroke treatment. Ogden will discuss the hospital’s stroke program and how it is working to get stroke victims the care they need in a timely manner. Additionally, she looks toward the future of stroke care, sharing trends in treatment.

As a trained emergency room physician, Ogden has seen firsthand how quick and accurate treatment within the emergency room can result in positive outcomes for stroke victims. She will also discuss general facts about strokes, how to recognize symptoms and why a fast response is critical.

The seminar is open to the general public, and registration is not required. Snacks will be served. The Center for Health Education is located at 740 SW Ninth Street in Newport. For additional information, call 541-574-5492.


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