Dr. Sanjay Dhar and Dr. Ruediger Kratz
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The sudden onset of a stroke is terrifying, but an upcoming event will help community members to better understand the signs and risks associated with strokes so they can get the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

The free seminar will be held Monday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wilson College Brooks Complex Auditorium, Chambersburg, Pa. 

Dr. Sanjay Dhar, medical director of Summit Health’s stroke program and Dr. Ruediger Kratz, Wellspan neurologist, will discuss stroke risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.

Both Chambersburg and Waynesboro Hospital are Certified Primary Stroke Centers and partner with WellSpan Health to provide telestroke services to patients when a local neurologist is not available.  Telestroke services quickly connect patients with a specialist via high-speed, high-resolution, and high-quality video conference.

“The access to healthcare is vastly different depending on where you live,” Dr. Dhar said. “We’re still in the era where we find it acceptable to drive great distances for specialized care, but a lot of that can be done remotely. Prevention is key, but once stroke symptoms start, timely diagnosis and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of long term disability.”

Stroke survivor Marty Zimmerman will also speak at the event.

Registration is required by May 11. Call (717) 262-4472 or visit www.SummitHealth.org/StrokeEvent to register. 

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.  

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