Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743
For Immediate Release
Ware, MA (February 4, 2013) – Numbers are important in our everyday life, cell phone numbers, dates, times, and for heart health, your blood pressure numbers.
“Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, often times has no symptoms at all, and it is a common misconception that high blood pressure is something that affects only those who are older or obese,” said Lynn Garreffi, RN, MSN, PCCN, Nurse Manager of Emergency Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “The reality is that while our blood pressure does increase a little with age, high blood pressure can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender or weight and can lead to heart attacks, stroke or kidney failure.”
The community is invited to come to the Emergency Department at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, daily between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am, seven days a week to have their blood pressure checked at no cost. No appointment is necessary.
“The staff in our emergency room is committed to encouraging our community members to take steps to better health, beginning with knowing what their blood pressure is,” said Lynn Garreffi, RN, MSN, PCCN, Nurse Manager of Emergency Services at the hospital. “We are encouraging our community members to have this simple, but important health screening.”
The nurse manager emphasizes the importance of screening to detect potential problems before they become a chronic health issue. “Unfortunately, when left untreated, high blood pressure and related problems bring patients to our emergency department with serious medical concerns,” said Garreffi. “We want to identify those in our community who are at risk and help them to make lifestyle changes that will promote a long and healthy life.”
In addition to conducting blood pressure checks, the Emergency Department team is prepared to share education on blood pressure screening, follow up, free BP monitoring cards and information for patients about the hospital’s primary care practices and other relevant services upon request.
“We are taking the opportunity in February, which is American Heart Month, to encourage everyone to know what their blood pressure numbers are, even when you’re feeling fine,” said Garreffi. “If your blood pressure is normal, you can work with your health care team to keep it that way. If your blood pressure is too high, often simple lifestyle changes will help lower your numbers, and keep you healthy. A talk with your health care provider will help you to find out the underlying reason behind your elevated numbers.”
The mission of the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital Emergency Department is to provide timely and exceptional care every time you need it. With our new 30-minute pledge, our goal is for a provider to see every patient within 30 minutes of their arrival at our facility. Check out our wait times on iTriage, a smartphone-based application for Android and iPhone that continually provides, in real-time, our actual ER waiting time. Look for iTriage in Google Play and the iTunes appstores. For more information on Baystate Mary Lane Hospital follow us on Facebook or visit baystatehealth.org/bmlh
In attached photo: Lynn Garreffi, RN, MSN, PCCN, Nurse Manager of Emergency Services invites the community to come to the Emergency Department at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, daily between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 am, seven days a week to have their blood pressure checked at no cost. No appointment necessary.