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Dr. William Bentley to speak on topic of strokes

The April meeting of Mountain View Homemakers will be at Pagosa Springs Medical Center at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12.

Denver-based, board-certified neurologist William Bentley M.D. will speak to members and other interested women, after a lunch provided by the hospital. His topic will be strokes, a subject which should be of interest to every woman in our community.

Because a large group is expected and there is limited parking, everyone is asked to either travel to the hospital with a car full of attendees or meet at the Episcopal Church by 11:15 a.m. to carpool next door to the hospital.

There are 700,000 people in the U.S. each year who are victims of a stroke, and our members would like to know what to do if we think that someone is having a stroke. So, Dr Bentley, who spends several days each month here at our hospital, agreed to come and speak to us. He is expected to cover warning signs and how to recognize strokes, what to do if a stroke is suspected, what will happen at the hospital, what is a TIA, ways to prevent strokes and much more.

There will also be a demonstration of “Rosie the Robot,” which the local emergency room staff uses to connect suspected stroke victims with Dr Bentley and other top neurologists as a way to ensure quick and accurate stabilization.

The Homemakers organization is a monthly gathering of women interested in making the lives of their families and their community more livable. The meetings include lunch and either enlightening speakers or a hands-on community project. One auction fund-raiser every summer results in contributions to eight or nine local non-profit efforts. There are no dues or membership requirements and every interested woman is welcomed.

Dr Bentley has been named “Top Doctor” eight consecutive years by his peers in Denver’s 5280 magazine, so this wonderful opportunity to hear and question him is expected to draw a very large crowd. For that reason, every woman who plans to attend is asked to please notify Homemakers by calling Glessie Drake at 731-9827 or e-mailing as soon as possible.

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