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Phone: 612-378-2742
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E-Mail:info@braininjurymn.org
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Press Release

PRESS RELEASE
Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
34 13th Avenue, Northeast
Suite B001
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Pat Marciniak
Public Awareness Director

Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and Minnesota Stroke Association Announce Operational Merger: Combined Partnership to Expand Important Resources to Consumers, Caregivers, Professionals and the Community

(MINNEAPOLIS - May 3, 2010) – The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Stroke Association are excited to announce an operational merger between two non-profits whose dedication has been to help individuals who have sustained a brain injury or stroke.

This partnership will bring together the expertise of two professional staffs from each Association, each with a specialized skill set and knowledge, which complements both organizations in supporting individuals with brain injuries and strokes. At the same time each organization will be maintaining their individual identities, missions and constituencies.

"Stroke is a form of brain injury and therefore made this merger a logical and natural collaboration," said David King, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, "It will benefit consumers from both organizations through an expansion of important resources to caregivers, professionals and the community and make the most efficient use of providers and services that overlap both organizations. These services include, but are not limited to, education classes, support groups, a free two- year resource facilitation telephone support service, case management, advocacy and public awareness activities. Our combined key focus will be on providing enhanced support services and programs to the 100,000 Minnesotans who live with a disability due to brain injury and the 86,500 Minnesotans that live with the effects of stroke.

According to Brad Donaldson, Associate Director of Operations for the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, "One of the most immediate benefits of this partnership will be streamlining operating efficiencies through utilizing shared administrative services and economizing financial and human resources, thus reducing costs overall."

Both organizations will serve together on one board of directors. Joining the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota board from the Minnesota Stroke Association is Brian Siska (Medcentra), Tim Martin (retired, Land O’Lakes) and Karen Bjorgan (Methodist Hospital INSPIRE Program and stroke survivor). Both organizations will office out of the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota headquarters at 34 - 13th Avenue Northeast, Suite B001 in Minneapolis, MN.

Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among people under the age of 45 in the United States, occurring more frequently than breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis combined. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota behind cancer and heart disease.

 

About the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota
Celebrating 26 years of service, the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota is the only statewide non-profit organization dedicated to serving the 100,000 Minnesotans who live with a disability due to brain injury, their loved ones and the professionals who work with them. The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota has programs and services designed to enhance the quality of life and bring the promise of a better tomorrow for all persons affected by brain injury. For more information, please visit www.braininjurymn.org or call 800-669-6442.

About the Minnesota Stroke Association
Celebrating 18 years of service, the Minnesota Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence of stroke and to restore hope to people coping with its sudden and long term effects. The Association provides information and referrals, aphasia groups, caregiver support and volunteer programs. For more information, please visit www.strokemn.org or call 763-553-0088.

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