NC Stroke Association Annual Luncheon

Each year, NCSA hosts a luncheon honoring an individual in our state community who has had an impact on stroke awareness, education or care.

In 2017, we honored Dr. John McConnell, chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health. “We are so pleased to honor Dr. McConnell as a leader in our community, and as the leader of a medical institution, Wake Forest Baptist Health, which has played such an instrumental role in the original founding and evolution of the NC Stroke Association over our 19-year history,” said Beth Parks, executive director of the NC Stroke Association. “Dr. McConnell has a compelling personal connection to our Time is Brain, Time for Change initiative which addresses the need for acute stroke ready care in hospitals across North Carolina.”

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the NCSA Time is Brain, Time for Change initiative with a goal of ensuring that every North Carolinian has access to timely, state-of-the-art stroke care no matter where they happen to be, across the state, when a stroke occurs.

  • For more information about our NC Stroke Association Annual Luncheon, please contact Beth Parks, North Carolina Stroke Association executive director, at or (336) 713-5052.

If you or a loved one are experiencing Stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY! Treatments are available that may dramatically reduce a Stroke’s devastating effects—but they must be provided within a few hours of the onset of a Stroke.