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Encino Hospital Medical Center and Sherman Oaks Hospital Collaborate with the LAFD to Promote Education and Raise Awareness of the Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

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Sherman Oaks Hospital and Encino Hospital Medical Center on April 30th partnered with the Los Angeles Fire Department and community groups throughout the San Fernando Valley for a Chili Cook-Off & Stroke Awareness event to help educate and deliver better healthcare to the community.

The focus of the event was to raise awareness and provide information about stroke risk factors, and what to do in a stroke emergency. The not-for-profit event also included a Silent Auction and raised over $10,000 to help support the various participating LAFD Valley Stations as well as their supportive Valley Operations Bureau through the LAFD Foundation. Supporting sponsors included Emergent Medical Associates, Centre for Neuro Skills, Belmont Village Encino, New York Life, Concepts for Living, All Point Home Health, Valley Palms Care Center, Skirball Hospice, Lake Balboa Care Center, Sunrise Senior Living, Windsor Terrace Healthcare Center, Providence West Valley Healthcare & Assisted Living, On-Site CPR, Blue Dog Tavern, The Studio City / Sherman Oaks / Encino NEWS, Law Offices of Gerald Kane and Sherman Oaks Hospital & Encino Hospital Medical Center.

The Chili Cook-Off & Stroke Awareness event at LAFD Station 83 in Encino also provided free chili tastings from twelve, chili chefs. Some chefs included Shawn Yoder; representing Sherman Oaks Hospital & Fatima Santos; representing Encino Hospital Medical Center, several local LAFD Station Chefs, professional Chef Eric Greenspan and brother, Jason Greenspan; representing Emergent Medical Associates and Chef Dae Choi and Chef John Haro; representing Blue Dog Tavern; a local, restaurant favorite. Chili winners included a 1st place Chili from LAFD Station 39 in Sherman Oaks, 2nd Place Chef Greenspan & brother, Jason and 3rd Place from Blue Dog Tavern. The family event also featured live music by Little Fish, face painting, a free salad truck and beverages as well as free blood pressure checks and information designed to increase community health.

"The Chili Cook-Off held on Saturday was a blast! This first time event brought the community out to enjoy good food, health awareness, live music, awesome silent auction items, and great chili! It all took place at Fire Station 83 in the heart of Encino," said Bureau Commander Deputy Fire Chief, Daryl Arbuthnott. "This was a great example of the public/private enterprises coming together to better serve the community."

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year. The Chili Cook-Off & Stroke Awareness event was coordinated to support the hospitals' initiatives to help promote and recognize stroke awareness.

"By improving the systems that affect stroke care, we can dramatically improve the outcomes for many patients," said EM Garcia, Administrator of Encino Hospital Medical Center and Sherman Oaks Hospital. "Raising awareness is key! The Chili Cook-Off & Stroke Awareness event gave our hospitals a unique opportunity to collaborate with our local LAFD and community partners to achieve this goal in addition to providing a free, entertaining event for our community."