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Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Munson Announces Stroke Awareness Video Winners

Traverse Bay Intermediate School District stroke video winners include from left Luke Kelly, and Tyler Griffin. Dylan Lusky also received the award, but is not pictured.

Munson Announces Stroke Awareness Video Winners
Team from TBAISD places first in competition to create public message
A team from Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) recently captured a northern Michigan competition to create a stroke awareness video.
Value Health Partners, a group of seven Michigan health care organizations, including Munson Healthcare, sponsored the competition. Participants were asked to create a 60-second public service video that would help the public easily recall stroke symptoms and know what to do.
“This is the second year we’ve helped sponsor this competition and it is based around the acronym F.A.S.T.,” said Kathleen Glaza, M.S.N., R.N., a clinical nurse specialist and educator in Munson Medical Center’s stroke unit. “We were pleased with the students’ creativity and congratulate our three local winners.”
TBAISD winners of a northern Michigan competition involving 10 schools were Tyler Griffin, Luke Kelly, and Dylan Lusky – all members of instructor Scott Tompkins film and new media class. Munson Healthcare Community Health Manager Diane Butler, B.S.N., R.N., presented Tompkins with a $1,000 check for the media program. The students placed second in a statewide competition involving schools from Value Health Partner regions across the state.
“We received the criteria for the video and started throwing ideas around,” said Griffin, a senior. “We decided to do something simple and took it from there.”
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. The F.A.S.T. acronym has been proven to be a useful tool for people to spot the signs of stroke and seek immediate help. Patients or their families should call 911 at the onset of symptoms. Important medication can be given if they arrive within a three-hour window. Treatment starts in an ambulance.
The F.A.S.T. message is:
Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time – Any of these symptoms should result in a call to 911 immediately.
The winning videos can be viewed on the 2012 VHP Stroke Awareness Video Contest Winners YouTube playlist.