Stroke Awareness

Pictured below is the MGMC Stroke team receiving their recognition certificate from Ron Loomis, Regional Director of Quality Improvement Initiatives for the Western States Affiliates of the American heart/American Stroke Association.  Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert are both Get With The Guidelines®Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus stroke centers, certified by the American Stroke Association as performing above the national standards for stroke treatment.  Our facilities are the place you want to go if someone in your family suddenly experiences stroke symptoms. You will get care that follows all of the best practices and standards. 

Stroke Camp is an absolutely wonderful experience where both survivor and caregiver travel just 1-2 hours outside of Phoenix to relax, refresh and retreat from their health issues and from the daily tasks of caregiving.  People arrive nervous, stressed and ready for a break. They leave invigorated with new friends and new experiences. Thanks the women of the Power of the Purse, the team at Arizona Ballroom Champions, and many other generous donors, the room, board, food, recreation and nursing care are all provided at a minimal cost to both survivor and caregivers. Scholarships are available so that camp is free of charge to anyone in need. This year, two Stroke Camps will be managed by Retreat and Refresh, supported by volunteers, and will be offered at both the beginning and the end of summer. Survivors of Brain Tumors (or TBI) can call the Foundation for information on other retreat experiences.

These videos are great examples of the impact of stroke awareness, treatment and rehabilitation.  Be sure to share them with friends! 

Become stroke aware and make sure there are plenty of stroke heroes ready to save lives — and quality of life — from stroke.

Join in by learning the F.A.S.T. signs and sharing them with as many people as possible. Teach your family and friends.

Remember: the sooner stroke is treated, the better the odds of survival and a full recovery.  Stroke can effect ANYONE!

Despite the tremendous toll stroke takes, the vast majority of Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. And one in three Americans is unable to identify all the F.A.S.T. stroke warning signs.

We need to make more people aware that stroke threatens millions of American lives, young and old, male and female, from every background. At the same time, stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

Dignity Health is here for you or your loved one if you want to find more information on how to attend post-stroke programs, caregiver support groups or other classes and events: see or call the Resource Link, 480.728.5414.


For more information about stroke, please visit the American Heart Association