SPRINGFIELD The Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum was recently held in Springfield and celebrated 10 years of honoring, educating and connecting stroke survivors and their caregivers.
In recognition of its 10th year, a special award was established in the honor of Dr. James B. Kirchhoffer, MD. Kirchhoffer, a cardiologist at Northampton Cardiology Baystate Medical Practices, has been a dedicated and tireless advocate for the American Heart/Stroke Association providing education to the Western Massachusetts community as well as at the Stroke Forum over the years.
The newly established award was presented to Kirchhoffer by Nikki Burnett, the American Heart Association's Regional Vice President Health Equity and director of the annual educational event.
The James. B. Kirchhoffer Award will be given annually at the Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum to an individual who has made a significant impact in the fight against stroke or has to someone who has been affected by stroke and overcome its obstacles.
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.
Approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new of recurrent stroke. It is the No. 4 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the United States.
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