Riverside Community Hospital's Neuroscience Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center are proud to announce the partnership with the Joe Niekro Foundation (JNF). Through this partnership, we have a support group for patients, families and caregivers who have been affected by a brain aneurysm, AVM (arteriovenous malformation) or any type of hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke. Support Groups are located in Riverside Community Hospital's G Tower.

The JNF Support Group meetings address issues such as depression, social reintegration, coping with disabilities, nutritional brainpower, exercising your brain and much more.  Members of support groups receive help by learning new coping strategies, relating personal experiences, obtaining information from health professionals and establishing social networks. JNF Support Groups help others realize that recovery is possible while creating a forum of mutual acceptance, understanding and self–discovery.

Why Become Part of A Support Group

Riverside Community Hospital and the Joe Niekro Foundation understand that social support is exceptionally important in the recovery process and social isolation is considered to be a risk factor for a poor outcome after having a Stroke, Brain Aneurysm, AVM or Hemorrhagic Stroke. While most hospitals do not offer patients and families ongoing support and rehabilitation for these conditions post discharge, it is our goal to bridge the gap and encourage collaboration, resulting in a more comprehensive support program for survivors and their families.

Our meetings address issues such as depression, social reintegration, coping with disabilities, nutritional brainpower, exercising your brain and much more. We empower patients members by offering information and emotional support, which is monumental in promoting good health and an improved quality of life. This support group can play a vital role for both survivor and family members by providing emotional and moral support. Members of support groups receive help by learning new coping strategies, relating personal experiences, obtaining information from health professionals and establishing social networks. The group helps others realize that recovery is possible and designed to motivate attendees to follow wellness plans and make a difference in the community while creating a forum of mutual acceptance, understanding and self – discovery.

Benefits Received from Attending Support Groups:

  • Support groups empower people to work to solve their own problems.
  • Members act as role models for each other. Seeing others who are contending with the same adversity and making progress in their lives is inspiring and encouraging.
  • Among people who are experiencing similar problems, there is a unique emotional identification that is different from the type of support that can be gotten from professionals.
  • A support group is a safe place for someone who needs to talk about intensely personal issues, experiences, struggles, and thoughts.
  • Talking to a counselor or doctor can be very intimidating for some people, because those relationships tend to place more power with the professional. In a support group, members are equals; this can make people feel much more comfortable opening up about their problems.

The sense of shared experience is worth participating in a support group. When you meet with others who have endured the same struggle or have suffered the same health conditions, you’re encouraged. You discover your issues are not unique. Other people understand exactly what you’re going through. You’re one of a group, rather than one of a kind.

The Joe Niekro Foundation Support Group will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Riverside Community's Hospital G Tower in the G6 Conference Room. Parking is located at 4550 Brockton Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information (951) 788-3463 or email RiversideCA@JoeNiekroFoundation.org.

For a complete list of JNF Support Groups, visit  www.JoeNiekroFoundation.org