Would you know how to detect the signs of a stroke? Most people don’t, and yet strokes are the 5th highest cause of death in the United States. Your ability to spot a stroke and then take action means the difference between life and death. The American Heart/Stroke Association has created an easy to understand graphic and some catchy tunes to help you recognize and act should a stroke occur.
The good news is that 80% of all strokes are preventable by enacting easy changes to create a healthier lifestyle. So read, sing, learn and make a difference.
It is always an honor to represent Spectrum Healthcare. And when the work we do is recognized by our peers, well, it is an honor, indeed.
Last night, Spectrum Healthcare was recognized at the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) annual event and we were so proud to receive three top honors, both individually and as an organization.
A huge congratulations to Gina Mendez for receiving her 20 year Service Award. Tirelessly caring for the needs of the people in your community is no small thing and Gina had done so with kindness and compassion for 20 years.
Spectrum’s Work Adjustment Training Program (WAT) took home the Mickey Hawley award for excellence in the provision of behavioral health. The WAT program helps seriously mentally ill clients develop skills and way to increase productivity so that they may overcome employment barriers and find meaningful work within the community.
And last, but certainly not least, Spectrum’s former CEO, Robert Cartia, received NARBHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of those around him and improved mental healthcare has been his mission. Robert began when Spectrum was simply the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic and was instrumental in the crossover to Spectrum’s Integrated Care services, adding Primary Care and Pediatrics to Mental Healthcare services so that ALL the needs of a patient could be met under one roof.
On the surface, it is no more than dirt and plants, but the minute your hands touch the warm earth, something changes…something wonderful. You immediately become a part of all that is growing. As you tend the plants and watch them bloom and then fruit, you find yourself growing with it, learning from it. As you reach to pull the weeds that inhibit growth, you claim a small victory; as each new seed takes root and pushes upward, defying gravity, you realize that growth, no matter how small, is always a Good Thing.
Our Spectrum gardens are by no means the biggest. They probably won’t win any gardening prizes, or make the cover of a magazine, but to many of our patients, tending to them is a therapy in and of itself: the warm sun on your back, the smell of good clean dirt on your hands, and plants that look to you to care for them and help them grow, all under an Arizona blue sky.
If you live in the Southwest, you are fully aware that our rain levels are below average for much of the state. And we aren’t alone. California is experiencing drought at historic levels. You’d think with such a lack of rain that nothing would grow.
Well, when rain is abundant, the roots of grapevines grow 10 feet deep, but in dry or drought conditions, those roots grow even deeper in their search for water. Twice as deep, even. It turns out that dry years are actually good for the plant because it forces the vine to really dig deep, into the soil. And although the fruit it produces is a bit smaller than that of a wet year, it has much more flavor.
People are a lot like grapevines.
We all face adversity; dry periods in Life; happiness droughts. And when we do, we have a choice. We can throw our hands up in despair, declaring that it will “Never rain happiness again,” or we can dig deep to find joy. It’s not easy; just as that grapevine root has to work to get to a place of health, so do we. And sometimes, we can’t do it alone–we need help to get back to a place of perspective.
But when we overcome, we find that the droughts in Life only increase our strength and resolve; we find our roots go much deeper than we ever thought possible, and the fruits of our struggle are sweet enough to bottle.