Milwaukee, Wis., May 15, 2006 – Dr. Jacqueline Carter, MD, medical director of the Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Stroke Centers, will join Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., for a May 21 church service devoted to addressing African American stroke risk.
Dr. Carter will discuss some of the warning signs of stroke and how African Americans are the most at risk for stroke, as a part of the American Stroke Association’s Power to End Stroke. The day-long event begins at Noon at the Christian Faith Fellowship Church, 8633 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee. It is expected to draw more than 2,500 people and will be a tremendous opportunity to learn more about preventing stroke, Dr. Carter said.
“It is very important for the African American community, in particular, to look at their associated risk factors and modify the ones that they can such as obesity, diabetes, smoking and drug and alcohol use,” she said, adding that a recent American Stroke Association survey revealed that many African Americans (72 percent) do not think that they will ever have a stroke.
“Most patients don’t know all of the symptoms of stroke,” Dr. Carter said. “Columbia St. Mary’s, through our Stroke Centers and community outreach, encourage everyone to learn as much as they can to prevent a stroke or know what to do if they experience warning signs. In the case of stroke, time is the critical element in treatment and recovery.”
About the speakers
Yolanda King became the first National Ambassador of the American Stroke Association’s Power to End Stroke Campaign after her mother, Coretta Scott King died in 2006 of a stroke. Since then, Yolanda King has worked to educate those in the African American communities about stroke.
Dr. Carter graduated from Northwestern University Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Ill., and her residency in neurology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1982. She received her Masters in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in 1992. Dr. Carter is board certified in neurology and electroencephalography/neurophysiology. She treats a broad range of neurological disorders in addition to stroke., including Parkinson ’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's is comprised of four hospitals: Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Campus, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute, as well as 28 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, the new River Woods Outpatient Center in Glendale, and new Urgent Care Center in downtown Milwaukee. The system serves individuals and families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Washington counties, with more than 158 years of service. In 2006, Columbia St. Mary’s was named a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable.