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MENTAL ILLNESS EDUCATION

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts offers a free 12-week Family to Family Education Course for family members, partners and friends of individuals living with mental illness that includes major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress and more.

The class begins Sept. 7 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital; pre-registration is required.

The program helps caregivers understand and support those with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

For more information call 584-7796 or Western MA NAMI at 413-786-9139. To learn more about NAMI please visit www.nami.org

APP HELPS WITH
STROKE RECOGNITION

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers a free mobile app to help people detect a stroke.

With the “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” app, smartphone users can call 9-1-1 directly, locate hospitals and view a stroke warning signs video that’s part of an American Stroke Association public service campaign. “Even if you don’t think you’re at risk for a stroke, it’s important for everyone to know stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency,” said Mary Ann Burns, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association communications director. F.A.S.T. stands for Face Drooping (ask the person to smile), Arm Weakness (can the person raise both arms?), Speech Difficulty (look for slurred speech, or inability to speak) and Time to Call for help (if any of these signs are present, get person to a hospital.)

The “Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.” mobile app is available by searching for “American Stroke Association” at iTunes and Google Play online stores. For a direct link, visit StrokeAssociation.org/WarningSigns.

COOLEY DICKINSON HOSPITAL LAUDED

Cooley Dickinson Hospital has been honored for providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physician and hospitals.

“Our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and staff make delivering better quality care to their patients a daily habit at Cooley Dickinson,” said Craig Melin, President and CEO.

Gynecologic surgery includes surgery on the female reproductive system to treat benign tumors, cancer, infertility, incontinence and various other conditions. Hysterectomy accounted for the majority (75.4 percent) of all procedures evaluated. The survey looked at procedures in hospitals in 18 states from 2009 to 2011.

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