Stroke Club Celebrates 40 Years and Holds Community Event


In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, The Grand Traverse Bay Area Stroke Club invites the community to learn more about how to prevent a stroke, the latest treatment options, and the unique capabilities offered through Munson Healthcare’s Stroke Program. 

Munson Medical Center’s Stroke Program Medical Co-Director Kersti Bruining, M.D., will provide important information, answer questions, and talk about the past, present, and future of Munson Healthcare’s Stroke Program. 

The event will take place from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, at the Presbyterian Church in Traverse City. The church is located at 701 Westminster. This event also includes a 40th year celebration for the Grand Traverse Bay Area Stroke Club and a mini expo. 

New and former members of the stroke club are invited to attend along with any community member who is interested in learning more. 

The event schedule includes:

  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.:  Mini Expo with representatives from the Grand Traverse Bay Area Stroke Club, Mary Free Bed at Munson Medical Center Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, and Munson Healthcare Home Health
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m.:  Stroke program update by Dr. Bruining
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.:  Members of the Munson Healthcare Stroke Club discuss how the club has impacted their lives

Melinda Hollands, L.M.S.W., with Munson Medical Center’s Patient Care Management Department, will facilitate the event. For more information, please contact Hollands at 231-935-6380

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, but up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. 

The Grand Traverse Bay Area Stroke Club is open to the public and meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The group offers stroke survivors and support persons the opportunity to learn, share, and connect through speakers, demonstrations, and discussions.