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AtlantiCare stroke information on menu for Rotary Club’s FAST dinner meeting

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For Immediate Release:  May 8, 2013
The Atlantic City Rotary Club had a FAST dinner meeting Tuesday. As guest speaker at the club’s May meeting at The Chart House in The Golden Nugget, Atlantic City Carol Bissinger, RN, BSN, CEN, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute, program manager, shared with members the importance of dialing 911 fast for stroke symptoms.

“The acronym FAST, reminds you to focus on a person’s face, arms, speech and time,” explained Bissinger. “Ask the person to smile to see if one side of the face droops. Ask the person to raise both arms to see if one arm drifts downward. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase to see if his or her speech is slurred. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.”

Bissinger’s presentation is one of many ways AtlantiCare is promoting its 911 FAST for Stroke message during May, which is national Stroke Awareness Month.

For more information about AtlantiCare’s Neurosciences Institute, to find an AtlantiCare physician or for information about other AtlantiCare programs and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare. For stroke symptoms, dial 911 immediately.

Carol-Bissinger-RN-BSN-CEN-explains-FAST-for-stroke-acronym-at-Rotary-Club-acCarol Bissinger, RN, BSN, CEN, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute program manager tells Atlantic City Rotary Club members the term FAST should remind them to focus on a person’s face, arms and speech in timely calling 911 for stroke symptoms.

Carol-Bissinger-RN-BSN-CEN-Murray-Rosenberg-Liz-Deleener-RNLeft to right are Carol Bissinger, RN, BSN, CEN, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute program manager, Murray Rosenberg, Atlantic City Rotary Club president, and Liz Deleener, RN, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute stroke program coordinator.

Rotary-Club-members-demonstrate-ARMS-portion-of-FASTAtlantic City Rotary Club members demonstrated the “A” portion of the FAST acronym as Carol Bissinger, RN, BSN, CEN, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute program manager explained the importance of asking a person to raise both arms to determine if he or she is having a stroke. “If one arm drifts downward, the person could be having a stroke,” she said.

AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,282 employees and 600 physicians serve the community in more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nationto attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.

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