(O’FALLON, IL)  – To serve patients and the community, HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital offers free stroke support groups for stroke survivors and their families, including meetings at the hospital, as well as a new closed Facebook group.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the St. Francis Conference Room, which is located adjacent to the hospital lobby, at 1 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon, IL. 
The upcoming session's topic is “Healthy Hearts” and will be presented by Colleen Albrecht, BSN, RN, CEN, CCCC, Chest Pain Coordinator at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
As February is national Heart Health Awareness month, the topic will provide important strategies to improve heart health and more.
Additionally, all those affected by stroke and their caregivers are invited to join a special private Facebook group: “Stroke & Recovery Support Group at HSHS St. Elizabeth's.” 
“St. Elizabeth’s is pleased to begin offering an online Stroke Support group, shared Angela Nelson, BSN, RN and Stroke Program Coordinator for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “Our hope for the Facebook group is to provide an accessible, private method of communication for individuals affected by stroke, outside of the support group meetings, where emotional and social support can continue at all times. From a stroke victim or caregiver standpoint, support is what gives you hope and hope is what gets you through the day. We believe this new Facebook group can help.”
The overall goal of both support groups is to foster a better understanding of stroke recovery, rehabilitation and prevention of recurrent strokes while providing a way for stroke survivors to meet others with similar challenges. Caregivers and family members of stroke patients are also offered an open atmosphere for sharing and for supporting each other.
If interested in joining the Facebook group, simply log into your Facebook account and search “Stroke & Recovery Support Group at HSHS St. Elizabeth's.” Then click on the group and request to join. For additional questions or for more information about meetings, call Christy at 618-234-2120, ext. 52004, or Angela at 618-234-2120, ext. 11277.

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Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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