Engaging the Community for Stroke Awareness through BEFAST
Holland Hospital, Holland
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability that occurs without warning. Yet, stroke victims often wait or try to drive to the hospital themselves – delaying vital care. To address the challenge, Holland Hospital’s Certified Primary Stroke Center has launched a multi-pronged community engagement campaign to raise awareness and prompt quick action. Using the acronym BEFAST, which highlights the common signs of stroke - Balance, Eyes, Face, Arm, Speech and T for “Time to call 911,” the campaign helps educate community members through a variety of ways, including social media, videos, physician presentations, website resources, reminder magnets and an interactive program designed just for children.
Visit the campaign webpage
Photo Caption: Students help spread the word on how to BEFAST when it comes to recognizing the signs of stroke and getting people the help they need.
Volunteer Experience Program Builds Community Connections
Bronson Healthcare, Kalamazoo
The Volunteer Experience Program at Bronson Healthcare gives the system’s 9,000 employees the opportunity to build connections in southwest Michigan, while taking an active role in advancing the health of the region. Bronson Community Health connects employees with opportunities at approved community organizations. Employees are paid for up to four hours of volunteer time each year. Here’s what one employee said after working at a local food bank: “It’s wonderful to be encouraged by Bronson to be out in the community in service of others … it lets our community know we care for their well-being even when we are not at work.”
Visit the Bronson Healthcare website
Photo Caption: Bronson employees volunteering at a food bank in Battle Creek.