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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - Munson Announces Stroke Awareness Video Winners


Shown here celebrating Traverse City East Middle School’s 2013 Value Health Partners Stroke Awareness
YouTube Video Contest award are from left, Munson stroke unit nurse Amy Beaudoin, RN; students
Maisy Russell, Teal Sikorski, and Chloe Ammond; and Munson Community Health Manager
Diane Butler, RN.

Munson Announces Stroke Awareness Video Winners
Team from Traverse City East Middle School wins $1,000 for school

A team from Traverse City East Middle School recently claimed a $1,000 prize for a northwest 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.

“We congratulate the winners for their efforts and help in communicating the importance of knowing the signs associated with stroke,” said Diane Butler, R.N., manager of Munson Medical Center’s Community Health department. “They also earned a $1,000 check for their school.”

Winners Chloe Ammond, Maisy Russell, and Teal Sikorski are members of teacher Jody Mackey’s media class. Munson Medical Center stroke unit nurse Amy Beaudoin, R.N., presented the students with certificates recognizing their accomplishment. 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 2013 VHP Stroke Awareness Video Contest Winners YouTube playlist.