WILMINGTON — CMH Regional Health System announced Monday a year-long series of community education events, hosted on the hospital campus and led by members of the medical staff. Events will cover everything from preventing heart disease to understanding dementia and stroke to knowing when to go to an emergency room, and will feature specialists in cardiology, neurology, emergency medicine, vascular services, primary care and more.
“This event series is a long time coming, and we’re so excited to offer it this year,” said CMH Marketing and Communications Coordinator Kelsey Swindler. “We’ve wanted to do more specific, health-focused community events that were open to the public and not just informational, but interactive in nature — open, accepting spaces where people can ask questions and talk to qualified experts.
With the diversely talented medical staff that we have, we believe this will be really engaging and worthwhile for our community.”
The first event in the series is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 and is focused on heart health in honor of Heart Health Month in February. Dr. Chris Wright, cardiologist at CMH and Director of Cardiac Services, will speak on preventing coronary heart disease.
“We’re excited to have Dr. Wright kick-off this series with a special heart health event,” Swindler said. “We’ll be tying in free heart healthy diet resources prepared by our clinical dietitians, information on our upcoming education and free screening events, and more. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about heart disease and how you can prevent it.”
The recently completed community health needs assessment — conducted by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. on behalf of HealthFirst for Clinton County, and underwritten by HealthFirst, the Clinton County Health Department, CMH, and others, indicated heart disease as the second leading cause of death in Clinton County, second to cancer.
Nationally, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills 1 in 4 people every year, and among women, it kills 1 in 3, more than all cancers combined. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.
Dr. Wright spoke to the importance of continued heart health education and awareness of coronary heart disease:
“I can’t overemphasize the importance of education and prevention in tackling heart disease,” he said. “Diet, exercise, screenings — they all play a vital role. I’m looking forward to sharing more research, insight, and resources on preventing coronary heart disease with community members on the 24th, and I hope anyone touched by heart disease — or committed to learning more about heart disease — will take an opportunity to join us.”
The event will be held in the Café Conference Rooms at Clinton Memorial Hospital at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Light refreshments will be provided. Contact Kelsey Swindler with any questions at 937-283-9847.