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New Congregational Care Service

I Corinthians 6:19-20 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. 20 You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. Starting July 21st, we will be offering a blood pressure clinic on the third Sunday of each month. We will be set up in the Library (adjacent to the Celebration Room) from 9-9:30am and 10:30-11am to take your blood pressure. We will provide a BP record card for you to keep track of your BP over the coming months. You can use this information to follow up with your primary care physician. We are looking forward to you stopping by!

High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is too high. High blood pressure is usually defined as a sustained BP of >130/80. Untreated hypertension can lead to other health problems such as stroke and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, an estimated 103 million Americans have high blood pressure.

Sarah West and Stacey Askew have volunteered their time to offer this new service. Sarah West, RN is a 1995 graduate of Washburn University School of Nursing. She has worked in Topeka at St. Francis on Orthopedics, Preop, and GI lab for 18 years. Sarah has worked at Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Endoscopy for the past 7 years. Stacey Askew MSN BSN RN has been an RN for 16 years working in surgery, trauma, PACU, ICU and ER. She is currently a Health Systems Specialist at VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System.

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