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2024 Stroke Support Group Dates and Topics

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Mount Nittany Health is committed to being a leading source of outstanding adult primary stroke care in Central Pennsylvania.

As part of this pledge, and in an effort to fulfill our mission of “Healthier people, stronger community,” we are pleased to sponsor a free monthly Stroke Support Group in partnership with Encompass Health in 2024.

Nina Kephart, MSN, RN, Stroke and Sepsis Coordinator, Mount Nittany Medical Center, discusses the importance of this monthly program: “The mission of the Stroke Support Group is to empower survivors and their families, and to provide them with resources to recover, reclaim and rebuild their lives.”

The full list of the Stroke Support Group’s 2024 dates and topics are available at

The Mount Nittany Health Stroke Program is dedicated to optimizing the quality of life through evidence-based best practices for stroke risk reduction and stroke interventions, which are coordinated across the continuum of care for adults in Pennsylvania. Mount Nittany Health is a recipient of the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get with the Guidelines-Stroke quality achievement award. This recognition underscores our organization’s dedication to delivering exceptional care to patients in accordance with well-established, evidence-driven protocols. Our commitment translates into an increased number of lives saved and a reduction in disability rates.

For more information on this new program, please contact Nina Kephart at

Know the signs of a stroke:

Mount Nittany Health encourages everyone to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of a stroke, by learning the acronym BE FAST:

B- Balance: Loss of balance, headache or dizziness
E- Eyes: Blurred vision
F- Face: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
A- Arm: Is one arm weak or numb?
S- Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
T- Time: If the person shows any symptoms, even if they go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.