Power To End Stroke Set For March 9

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Erlanger Health System, in partnership with the Minority Health Fair and the American Stroke Association, will present “The Power to End Stroke,” a free educational event open to the public, at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Attendees will hear stroke experts from Erlanger discuss important topics related to stroke:

· Abdelazim Sirelkhatim, MD, of Erlanger Neurology Group, will present “Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors of Stroke.”

· Jennifer Sparks, NP-C, of Tennessee Interventional Associates, will talk about “Interventional Treatment for Stroke Patients.”

· Gabe Tallent, MD, of Erlanger Sleep Medicine and Neurology, will address “Sleep Apnea and Stroke.” 

· Thomas G. Devlin, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center, will discuss “Why you should come to Erlanger if you are having a stroke.”

“The Power to End Stroke” will also feature stroke survivor and physician, Lisa Staton, MD, with UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Additionally, free blood pressure screenings will be available from 8-9 a.m., and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a free light breakfast and a free heart-healthy lunch.

The educational event targets African Americans, who are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians. The rate of first strokes in African Americans is almost double that of whites and tends to occur earlier in life. In fact, African Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group in America.

Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, the site of the event, is located at 1115 North Moore Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37411, across the street from Brainerd High School. Although the event is free, advance registration is required. To register, call 423 778-LINK (5465). 


Inaugural LIFE FORCE Call Of The Year Awards Recognize Regional EMS Providers

Erlanger Health System’s air medical program, LIFE FORCE, held a ceremony to honor local EMS heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the inaugural Call of the Year awards during national EMS Week. LIFE FORCE flight crew members and awards committee selected outstanding calls in the categories of Medical, Pediatric and Trauma.   Medical Call of the Year ... (click for more)

Cherokee Health Systems' Chief Clinical Officer To Participate Best Practices Study

Parinda Khatri, PhD, Cherokee Health Systems’ chief clinical officer, has been selected by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health to join an advisory group of health care professionals that will travel to Spain next month to conduct in-depth research on best practices in health care delivery.   Dr. Khatri will join professionals from ... (click for more)

Bryan Johnson, Timothy Gadson, Stuart Greenberg, Wayne Johnson, Kirk Kelly Are Superintendent Finalists

Bryan Johnson of Clarksville, Tn., was the top vote-getter on the opening round of balloting for Hamilton County school superintendent. The chief academic officer for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System was on the ballot of all nine school board members at a special meeting on Thursday afternoon. Others who made the cut were Timothy Gadson, a Minnesota educator; ... (click for more)

Man Shot In Home Invasion Early Wednesday Morning

A man was shot in a home invasion early Wednesday morning.   Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot on the 6000 block of Arlena Circle at 4:40 a.m. Upon arrival, police located the victim, Edward Greatheart, 41,  who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.   Mr. Greatheart was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital ... (click for more)

Life For Our Ancestors In 1890

May 26-27 is the 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold. I encourage any reader to attend and enjoy that wonderful community. I love having grown up in Northwest Georgia and celebrating our veterans, including both of my grandfathers who served in WWII.  But I also want to describe how the 1890’s were for my ancestors, living here in a singularly turbulent time. Based on, among ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)