ELMA, Wash. - The Grays Harbor community will have two opportunities this month to learn more about important healthcare issues. Summit Pacific Medical Center’s (SPMC) Will Callicoat, CFO, will present another town hall style discussion on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); while Fawn Ross, ARNP and Stroke/Telestroke Coordinator at Providence St. Peter Hospital will be hosting a free community education seminar on strokes at SPMC.
Ross’ seminar will take place Friday, September 20th at 4pm in the conference room at SPMC. The presentation will touch on what a stroke is, who they affect, how they affect your body, and the life saving responses one should take if having or witnessing somebody else having a stroke. Ross will also walk guests through what a stroke victim can expect upon arriving at the emergency department, including a demonstration on the Telestroke Robot used at facilities, like SPMC, that participate in the Telestroke Network.
Callicoat, in partnership with CHOICE Regional Health Network, has already offered several, well received, presentations this summer throughout Grays Harbor on the Affordable Care Act. Callicoat encourages back and forth discussion with guests on what the new regulations will be, how they will affect different individuals, and how the Health Insurance Exchange (open enrollment starts October 1st) will work, including information on how to avoid being penalized by the IRS for not having the correct health insurance coverage. The next discussion will take place Thursday, September 19th from 5:30-7:00pm at Elma Timberland Library.
Both events are free and require no registration. All members of the community are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call SPMC at 360-346-2222 or visit our website at www.summitpacificmedicalcenter.org. SPMC is located at 600 East Main Street in Elma. Elma Timberland Library is at 118 North First Street in Elma.