The staff of VCU Health at Colonial Square have been busy taking part in local events focused on heart disease prevention and treatment.
On August 18, the staff helped with the American Heart Association’s inaugural “Stroke is No Joke” event, held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center in Petersburg. Dr. George Eapen, a cardiologist who practices at Colonial Square, was one of three doctors who took part in an “Ask the Physician” session.
“The audience asked questions about health care, medication and healthy eating,” said practice operations manager Tameka Brown. “There was also a stroke survivor who was the guest speaker. The purpose of the event was to make people more aware of the signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack, and how to prevent them.”
At the event, RN and Echo Technician TeShell Parham took blood pressure readings and, with Brown, handed out t-shirts, informational brochures and Pauley Heart Center goody bags. Brown also distributed free raffle tickets for prizes, which included a Magic Bullet Blender. Afterwards, the center hosted a comedy brunch featuring comedian Micah “Bam-Bamm” White.
Colonial Square staff members also gave away promotional items at ChesterFest on September 22 and joined with patients in taking part at the 2018 Richmond Heart Walk on October 6. VCU Health sponsored both events.
The community events offer a special opportunity to get the word out about the outpatient cardiology and neurology practice, which joined VCU Health in June 2016.
“It’s important to network with the community and provide education, and also inform them about our location,” says Brown, adding, “I hope our presence will benefit the community by the care we provide at our office or within the VCU Health System.”
VCU Health at Colonial Square is located at 2905 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. To schedule an appointment, please call (804) 526-0682.