RN Christine Seavey participates in physical therapy challenge while ER teammate and RN Becky Beattie cheers her on.

Nearly 50 local healthcare providers participated in the Inaugural Citrus County Stroke Challenge on Tuesday, May 15. The event, presented by Citrus Memorial Hospital and hosted at the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA, was open to all Citrus County healthcare providers and first responders.

"Citrus County is among the highest in the state for stroke death," said Mary Jo Barnett, director of neuro-telemetry at Citrus Memorial Hospital. "Our goal is to ensure that not only community members, but all healthcare providers in the area have the best information and resources available to spot a stroke and get help quickly. The chances of stroke survival are greater when emergency treatment begins promptly."

Event participants competed in trivia, occupational and physical therapy challenges. The overall winning team was the Citrus Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Awards were also given in the following categories:

Physical Therapy Challenge

  • First place - Citrus Memorial Hospital ER
  • Second Place - Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics
  • Third place - Crystal River Health and Rehab

Occupational Therapy Challenge

  • First place - Crystal River Health and Rehab
  • Second place - Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics
  • Third place - Avante Nursing and Rehab Center

Trivia Challenge

  • First Place - Citrus Memorial Hospital ER
  • Second Place - Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics
  • Third Place - Citrus Memorial Neuro-telemetry Unit, Critical Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit