San Jose, CA – Tony Broccoli had a stroke three years ago. Trish Hambridge suffered a stroke two years ago. During their recovery, both Bay Area residents realized the need for a program to help others in the same situation. Teaming up with O’Connor Hospital’s award-winning “Primary Stroke Center,” the duo established the first Stroke Peer Visitation Program in Santa Clara County. Twice a week, the pair visits O’Connor and reaches our to stroke survivors to offer support and encouragement.
“Their credibility and insight bring something medical professionals can’t offer if they haven’t been through the experience,” says Karen de la Cuesta, NP-C, stroke coordinator at O’Connor. “They connect with patients and their families because they’ve been there.”
May is National Stroke Month. Suffering a stroke is a major medical event that is often debilitating and life-altering. The outcome causes stress and emotional turmoil for not only the stroke survivor, but for family and friends as well. By providing hope and motivation to guide stroke patients through their journey of recovery, the specially trained team helps survivors reclaim their independence.
“We are proud to launch this program at O’Connor,” offers President & CEO James Dover, FACHE. “Supporting our patients throughout their care, especially those who have suffered a stroke, is at the heart of our Mission to provide excellent, compassionate care to those we serve.”
O’Connor Hospital’s Stroke Center is a Joint Commission Certified “Center of Excellence” and the recipient of the Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.