When I met Joseph C. Ashburn, M.D., director of the stroke center at Western Baptist Hospital, last summer, I knew immediately he was passionate about stroke care.
It didn’t take long for me to discover his second passion – cycling.
He had an opportunity to combine the two during training at Wake Forest University, and now he’s bringing them to his hometown.
Dr. Ashburn, a graduate of Reidland High School and Murray State University, returned home last August. “It was always my goal to end up practicing in my hometown,” he says. “I fell in love with stroke care in medical school and wanted more than anything to bring this kind of care back to Paducah.”
He is a board certified neurologist, with 12 years of training after high school. When he was ready to begin his medical practice, Western Baptist had reached a milestone in stroke care – becoming the only certified advanced stroke center in the area after meeting standards set by The Joint Commission.
The timing was perfect. Dr. Ashburn brought his family home and took over the stroke center.
Which brings us back to his second passion – cycling.
His brainchild, Spokes for Stroke, will debut June 2 at Noble Park, when he invites cycling enthusiasts, along with stroke survivors, their families and friends, to come together for a common cause: Stroke awareness.
He will remind the riders that stroke is the leading cause of disability and third-leading cause of death. He will review risk factors – such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol – as well as symptoms.
And he hopes for a big turnout to raise funds to expand Western Baptist’s stroke care. You can register for the event and make donations at active.com.
You can get to know Dr. Ashburn and his stroke expertise a little better by listening to these videos: