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SARASOTA, FL (March 28, 2018) …. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation presented its 6th annual “Women & Medicine” educational luncheon on March 23 that focused on strokes and comprehensive stroke care at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

“We focused on strokes because they are the third leading cause of death for women,” noted Sally Schule, Healthcare Foundation Director of Community Engagement. “Because women live longer than men do, in general, stroke will have a more negative impact on their lives.”

According to the National Stroke Association, more women will live alone when they have a stroke, be more likely to live in a long-term health care facility after a stroke and have a less satisfactory recovery after stroke.

The program was presented by SMH physicians Mauricio Concha, MD, Stroke Neurologist and Medical Director of the SMH Stroke Program, Daniel B. Case, MD, Neurointerventional Radiologist, and Chippy Nalluri, MD, FACC, Cardiologist. The physicians discussed the stroke risks that women face, how to recognize the symptoms and risk factors for stroke and the technologies and treatments that are available. SMH has one of the few Comprehensive Stroke Centers in Florida and is among the top stroke centers in the U.S., performing at the highest level of any in the country.


To date, the Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine luncheon program has raised more than $225,000 that has gone toward specific health programs at SMH. This year’s event raised $170,000 that will support Comprehensive Stroke Care at Sarasota Memorial.


PHOTO CAPTION: 2018 Women & Medicine Co-Chairs, from left, Sylvia Taylor, Beverly Bartner, Johanna Gustafsson. Photo credit: Nancy Guth Photography.

About Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is an independent charitable organization working together with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and others to ensure world-class healthcare throughout our community. 

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