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"Vial of Life" Program to be Discussed at Upcoming Stroke Talk

Media Contact: Michelle Pipia-Stiles


Jill Fazzolare, assistant to the director of Constituent Affairs from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s office is scheduled to talk to North Shore-LIJ’s stroke support group members about the “Vial of Life” program on Friday, March 23, 2012, 11 am -12 pm at North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Entrance 3, Apartment Building # 304, in Manhasset, NY.  All stroke survivors and their caregivers are welcome to attend.

The “Vial of Life” program involves storing important personal and medical information listed on a card inside a vial that is kept in the refrigerator.  A magnet, which emergency medical personnel are trained to look for, is placed on the outside of the refrigerator to indicate the presence of the vial. The information includes an individual’s medical history, known allergies, current prescriptions and phone numbers of doctors and relatives to be contacted in an emergency.

“In the case of stroke, every minute counts,” says Richard Libman, MD, chair of North Shore-LIJ’s stroke task force and chief of vascular neurology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.  “It is vitally important to call 911 as soon as symptoms occur. In case of an emergency, the Vial of Life program allows emergency medical personnel to gather pertinent information such as medical history including current medications, illnesses and allergies.  When time is of the essence, to have such critical information immediately available is invaluable.”

About the North Shore-LIJ Stroke Support Group
North Shore University Hospital offers a free, weekly stroke support group for survivors and their caregivers every Friday from 10 am – 1:30 pm, located at 300 Community Drive, Entrance 3, Apartment Building #304.

Each meeting begins with a general social period (coffee and tea are served) from 10 am – 11 am, giving survivors and caregivers a chance to meet with one another and learn about each other’s experiences. From 11 am – 12 pm, guest speakers give presentations on a wide variety of topics, followed by a lunch break from 12 pm – 12:45 pm. (Please bring your own lunch and beverages will be provided).  After lunch, from 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm, physical therapy is provided for survivors and concurrently, a caregiver’s support group is held.  For more information and free parking instructions, please call (516) 562-4947.

For more information about the Vial of Life program or to request your own Vial of Life packet, visit

To make an appointment at the North Shore-LIJ Cushing Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke Center:
Simply email us at, call us at (516) 562-3064 or fill out our Request an Appointment form. For more information about stroke treatment and prevention, visit the Stroke Center at