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Strokevivor Support Group Offers Help to Stroke Survivors and Their Family

Stroke Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC), along with Susan Pollesel, Speech Pathologist, has organized a stroke survivor’s support group appropriately named Strokevivor. Monthly meetings have been planned to provide stroke survivors, family members and caregivers a safe environment to find support and encouragement through shared experiences, education and group activities like art and music.
According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. This means approximately 795,000 people have a stroke every year, with about three out of four being first-time strokes. Stroke is actually the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year, that’s one in every 20 deaths. With statistics like these, there is a great need for stroke related support and education. The Strokevivor Group can help. 

“Having a stroke has been a game changer for me and it’s been the biggest challenge of my life,” says one patient “I’ve had to relearn how I function day-to-day. Having support and education will help me to learn how to live life to its fullest and improve my quality of life.” 

The first Strokevivor Support Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at UVMC in the Glenn Miller Conference Room. Presenters will be Susan Pollesel, MA, CCC-SLP and Faith Dayton, MSW, ACSW, bringing 50 years of combined experience helping patients deal with the devastating effects that stroke has on its survivors. 

“We are excited to help people realize they don’t have to go through this alone. I am grateful to share in the opportunity to help stroke survivors get their life back,” said Susan Pollesel. 

The monthly meetings are free and registration is not necessary. Free valet parking is available for anyone attending, and refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Pollesel at (707)-463-7346 or email
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Ukiah Valley Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 32,700 includes more than 23,400 employees; nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 4,300 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. In addition, the Adventist Health Plan serves patients in Kings County. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015. Visit for more information.