Monthly Archives: May 2011

MHC Promotes the Month of May as National Stroke Awareness Month


Marilyn Burress, Manager Grants & Community Outreach Office: (901) 261-2003 Email:   SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT STROKE THIS MAY National Stroke Awareness Month Announced at Memphis Health Center, Inc.   Memphis, TN (May 23rd, 2011) – About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes – some studies indicate that up to 80 percent – can be prevented through risk factor management.   There is no doubt that more education about stroke is needed. Public awareness of stroke warning signs and risk factors has not improved during the past five years, but May is a time to change this startling statistic. National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. In honor of this special time, National Stroke Association encourages everyone to help raise awareness in some way, including community awareness events or activities.     To honor National Stroke Awareness Month, Memphis Health Center, Inc. is taking a lead from National Stroke Association and striving to educate Americans to learn about risk factor management and how to recognize and respond to warning signs by acting FAST.   National Stroke Association offers a free Stroke Awareness Resource Center with downloadable stroke educational information, graphics and ways to get involved in raising awareness. Learn more   Did You Know?  
  • Stroke kills two times more women annually than breast cancer.
  • Stroke is largely preventable. It helps to manage risk factors, including high blood pressure, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes and more. Get a free risk factor scorecard at and discuss the results with a healthcare professional.
  • Stroke is an emergency and a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
  • In the United States, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
  • There are an estimated 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the U.S. over age 20.
  • Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one occurring every 40 seconds, and taking a life approximately every four minutes.
  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
  • From 1997 to 2007, the annual stroke death rate fell approximately 34 percent, and the actual number of deaths fell by 18 percent.
  • Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
  • African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with whites.
  • Types of Stroke:
    • Ischemic stroke occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic.
    • Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks leaking blood into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for thirteen percent of all strokes, yet are responsible for more than thirty percent of all stroke deaths.
  • Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
  • The prevalence of transient ischemic attacks (TIA – “mini strokes”) increases with age. Up to 40 percent of all people who suffer a TIA will go on to experience a stroke.
  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke in the United States in 2010 is $73.7 billion.
  • Stroke is an emergency! It’s important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized FAST and 9-1-1 is called. Use the FAST test to remember warning signs:
  For more information on Stroke Warning Signs, please contact us at (901) 261-2000 or by email

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Memphis Health Center Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Seeing Memphis Health Center through New Lenses On Thursday, April 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Memphis Health Center, Inc. (MHC) welcomed members of the local community, including its patients, Board of Directors, staff members, & business partners as well as local government & business leaders along with media representatives to attend an event held at its headquarters at 360 E.H. Crump Boulevard to learn more about their clinic, to meet new members of the executive team, and to see the unveiling of the newly renovated pharmacy. The pharmacy renovation was made possible by a grant from the Plough Foundation.  Memphis Health Center, incorporated in 1973, is the oldest federally qualified health center in Memphis. MHC  provides comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare services to members of all socioeconomic groups regardless of their ability to pay.   “The Plough Foundation believes in quality care for both the insured and uninsured citizens in our community,” said Scott McCormick, Plough Foundation Executive Director.  “We are impressed with the number of clients Memphis Health Center serves and know that the renovated pharmacy will be an extra benefit for them.”  Mrs. Willeen Hastings, Memphis Health Center CEO said “We are very fortunate to have the support of one of the leading foundations in Memphis.  I am confident that we will continue to positively serve our clients through our mission of providing safe, quality, affordable, effective and comprehensive health services to the citizens of Shelby and Fayette counties.”   Over 100 guests were in attendance for the event, including representatives of Mayor Mark Luttrell’s office, State Senator Reginald Tate, and featured speakers Mayor A.C Wharton, Plough Foundation Board Chair Diane Rudner, Pastor Jesse Briggs, CEO Willeen Hastings, Board Chair Lois Stockton, and Patient Representative Sheila Jenkins.   The Memphis Health Center, Inc. was founded in 1973 as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit federally qualified health center with the goal of increasing access to comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare and reducing health disparities in medically underserved areas. The Memphis Health Center will continue to focus on its core values and mission, while adapting to the ever changing technological landscape. The focus will remain, as always, on the patient first and patient centered care provider.