Pictured: Rebecca Miller and Rob Olver race to the finish line in the physical therapy challenge.

Inverness, FL — Nearly 50 Citrus County healthcare providers participated in the Second Annual Citrus County Stroke Challenge on Thursday, May 23. 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.

"This is our second year hosting the Citrus County Stroke Challenge and we're so pleased with the response we've received from local healthcare providers," said Heather Buschena, manager of neuro-telemetry at Citrus Memorial Hospital. "We all recognize that Citrus County ranks among the highest in the state for stroke death and, working together, we aim to ensure that all first responders and healthcare workers in our community have the best information and resources available to spot a stroke and get help quickly. It is absolutely inspiring to see how much effort these professionals have put into studying stroke since we first announced the challenge."

Event participants competed in trivia, occupational and physical therapy challenges, along with a scavenger hunt that included educating the community about signs and symptoms of stroke. The overall winning team was Citrus Memorial Rehab and Aquatics.

Other awards included:


  • Second Place - Citrus Memorial Hospital ER
  • Third place - The Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center


  • Grand Living at Citrus Hills


  • Avante at Inverness