ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas observed World Stroke Day on October 29 as employees flocked to an information table to pick up literature about how to detect stroke, tips on how to prevent, treat, and beat stroke, plus diet and nutrition suggestions to ward off stroke. They were taught about FAST --- Facial drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911.  It’s that easy to experience or to observe the progress of stroke and to take action.

Employees were also encouraged to take quizzes about “brain attack” to gain a greater understanding of this medical condition.

“World Stroke Day helps to create awareness that, unfortunately, stroke is the #5 cause of death in the United States.  Worldwide, stroke is the #1 cause of preventable disability worldwide,” explains Terry Finamore, stroke program coordinator, who brought together the Stroke Team to make the event possible.

Bringing local clout to the event and sporting a stroke awareness t-shirt, J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor of Elizabeth, presented Trinitas with a formal Proclamation saluting the medical center’s efforts to promote education and awareness of stroke.