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St. Francis Health Center Promotes National Call to Action Aimed at Keeping Brain Health Top of Mind

March 01, 2012

Contact: Eryn Myrick
St. Francis Health Center Marketing and Communications Manager
785-295-8918 (office)
785-217-4052 (mobile)

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Where: St. Francis Sports Medicine, 801 S.W. Fairlawn Road
RSVP: 888-365-0440 or www.stfrancistopeka.org

St. Francis Health Center Promotes National Call to Action Aimed at Keeping Brain Health Top of Mind

TOPEKA, KAN. – A nationwide initiative is building awareness on the significance of brain health and how it can affect our lives. St. Francis Health Center's March Wellness Wednesday, Avoid a Brain Wreck, discusses the symptoms and types of brain disease.

"We're thrilled to take this step in educating the community on the important topic of brain health," says Sharon McCaleb, director of Musculoskeletal Services.

Of the most common symptoms of brain disease are seizures, which can generally be classified in two categories, focal (partial) seizures, which occur on a single side of the brain; and generalized, which is the result of abnormal activity on both sides of the brain.

Common brain disorders include Alzheimer's disease, which affects an estimated 5 million Americans, as well as brain cancer, epilepsy and stroke, among others. While many brain disorders are treatable through physical therapy, medication or surgery, they remain incurable.

Avoid a Brain Wreck is nationally supported by Spirit of Women and locally presented by St. Francis Health Center.

About St. Francis Health Center
A nonprofit Catholic health care provider in the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, St. Francis Health Center embodies a diverse and caring community dedicated to improving the health and welfare of others. St. Francis associates have provided innovative, inspired service for more than a century to care for thousands of patients and their families with the same spirit and resolve demonstrated by the resourceful sisters who opened the facility Oct. 17, 1909. Today the Health Center has 378 licensed beds, a medical staff representing nearly all specialties, adult and youth volunteers and a thriving auxiliary. Skillfully integrating technology with tenderness, St. Francis and its associates have fostered a premier regional hospital featuring the newest medical innovations and state-of-the-art equipment.

About Spirit of Women
Spirit of Women® is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit spiritofwomen.com.
For more information, contact Eryn Myrick at 785-295-8918 or by visiting www.stfrancistopeka.org.