Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Announces New Stroke Support Group AFTERGLOW

The Neuroscience Institute (NSI) of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) has announced the development of a new stroke support group called AFTERGLOW. The goal of AFTERGLOW is to provide support for stroke survivors, their families and friends.  Attendees will share dialogue and fellowship with others who have experienced similar situations, along with opportunities to meet NSI experts. The first meeting of AFTERGLOW will take place on January 13, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (dinner will be provided) located in Auditorium B at PSJMC.

The name “AFTERGLOW” came from an experience of one of the group’s founders who endured a stroke more than 10 years ago. She felt as though a part of her old self had died with her stroke and was resistant to therapy. It wasn’t until she attended a previous support group that she began to feel a “spark glowing with life” and began the process of accepting her “new normal.”

“Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center is excited to provide the foundation for this important community support group,” said Kathleen Rhine, President and CEO, Presence Health South Suburban Region. “This initiative is an extension of our mission for community health. It is also an opportunity to expose the residents of our region to the expert knowledge base of our Neuroscience Institute.”

AFTERGLOW is registered with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The new Presence Joliet Chapter represents the second AFTERGLOW stroke support group in the Presence Health 12 hospital system. The first chapter was chartered at Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago.

PSJMC is located at 333 N. Madison St., Joliet, Illinois. Attendees may utilize the free valet service at the Madison Street Entrance #2. Wheelchairs will be provided along with walking assistance to Auditorium B as needed. Attendees of the January meeting are encouraged to RSVP at 877.737.4636.

PSJMC offers a full continuum of neuroscience and stroke care.  As a certified Primary Stroke Center,

PSJMC has long been known for stroke care excellence and has one of the few accredited electroencephalogram (EEG) labs in Illinois.  

For more information or questions about AFTERGLOW, please call Sheryl Burcenski, FNP-C, at 815.725.7133 ext. 3163.




Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) is a regional referral center recognized for overall Clinical Excellence. Recently named to the “Top Hospitals” in Chicagoland area by Chicago magazine, PSJMC serves Will and surrounding counties, including the southwest Chicago suburbs. Located in Joliet, PSJMC offers private patient rooms and world-class health care. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center, Presence Neuroscience Institute also provides 24/7 neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroendovascular interventionalists. Recognized nationally for advanced cardiac care including a world-class open heart program, PSJMC also offers family-centered obstetrics, and a Level II Trauma Center.  

About Presence Health

Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence health has 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion. 

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