The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed May 2016 as American Stroke Month in Citrus County in recognition of Citrus Memorial Hospital's initiative to educate the community on signs and symptoms of stroke.

"Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States," said Citrus Memorial Chief Nursing Officer Caroline Stewart. "We encourage our community members to learn their personal stroke risk, memorize the warning signs of a stroke and call 911 at the first sign."

To remember the signs of a stroke, think FAST.

  • Face - Does the face droop down to one side when smiling?
  • Arm Drift - Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Changes - Is there slurring or omission of words?
  • Time - If you observe any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Time is critical.

About Citrus Memorial Hospital

Celebrating more than a 50 year history of healing, Citrus Memorial Hospital is the leading provider of healthcare in Citrus County and the surrounding area. More than 150 physicians and 1,000 employees at the 204-bed acute care hospital offer a wide range of services including 24-hour emergency room care, heart and vascular surgery, orthopedic and spine surgery, and women's services. Citrus Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and is fully licensed by the State of Florida.

Pictured: The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners present Citrus Memorial Hospital employees with a proclamation in honor of stroke month. From left to right: Trudy Trahan, RN; Commissioner Joe Meek, Jamie Caron, RN; Kristy Eichhorn, Commissioner Scott Carnahan, Mary Jo Barnett, RN; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Raylene Platel, Wanda Sierra, Commissioner Dennis Damato, Chief Nursing Officer Caroline Stewart, RN; Commissioner Scott Adams, Commissioner Ron Kitchen.