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Big Heart for Stanislaus County Fair 2012

Turlock, CA- Emanuel Medical Center is coming back to the Stanislaus County Fair this summer with its walk-through heart exhibit, free gifts and a chance to meet physicians and staff from the Emanuel Cancer Center and Emanuel Family Practice offices.

The fair runs July 13 through 22 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, opening at 5 p.m. on weeknights and noon on weekends.

Saturday, July 14, is Emanuel Cancer Center Day at the fair, and fairgoers can meet the physicians and staff at Emanuel's booth. All cancer survivors who visit the booth will receive a special gift, and the first 1,000 guests through the gate that day will also receive a gift. All visitors to the booth have a chance to spin a prize wheel and win.

The next day, July 15, is Emanuel Family Practice Day at the Fair and family doctors and staff from both Emanuel Family Practice locations will be at the Emanuel booth. The first 1,000 guests through the gate this day will receive a backpack.  Fair guests who arrive between noon and 3:00 p.m. are admitted free this day.

"Once again, doctors from Emanuel Family Practice will work nightly at the first aid station, assisting the first aid professionals working there," said Pennie Rorex, Emanuel's assistant vice president for corporate communication and marketing.

"And our really big heart-a 20 foot long one to be exact-will be at the fair once again," said Rorex.  Emanuel's popular heart exhibit is a nine-foot-tall anatomical heart that is 20' long and 15' wide.  The walk-through exhibit will be located near the Charter Family Fun Stage throughout the 10-day fair. The giant walk-through heart educates fair visitors about heart function and heart health.

"Last year we had 20,649 visitors tour our heart exhibit at this fair," said Rorex. "We've added new features to the heart exhibit to educate people about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks, so even if you visited the heart last year, it is worth stopping by again."

The new heart attack questions come as Emanuel is expanding its community outreach and education efforts and promoting a program called Early Heart Attack Care to reduce the number of deaths caused by heart disease.

Early heart attack symptoms can include:

  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • A feeling of pressure, burning, aching or tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • A feeling of fullness
  • Back pain
  • Arm pain or weakness

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women's health services, surgery, and hospice services.

For more information, to search for a doctor by specialty or location, or for an online symptom-checker, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.

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