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Dick Clark remembered for dedication to Providence neuroscience program

April 18, 2012

Dick Clark, the host of “American Bandstand” and more recently the person who counted down the seconds until the new year, died today at 82.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center today remembered Clark who was treated at the hospital in 2004 after suffering a stroke.

Patricia Modrzejewski, president of the Providence Health & Services Foundation, Valley Service Area, said in a statement that “Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center lost a wonderful friend today. Dick Clark stood among our heroes for his dedication to building a state-of-the-art neuroscience program at our hospital.”

A one-time stroke patient, Clark, along with his wife Kari Clark, chaired the committee raising money to establish our inpatient neuroscience unit, which was named in their honor – the Kari and Dick Clark Neuroscience Unit, she said.

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“Our gratitude is deep as is our sadness today,” Modrzejewski said. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Clark’s family.”

Julie Sprengel, the hospital’s interim chief executive called Clark a “valiant fighter in his own recovery” and said he became a passionate advocate for other stroke patients.

“Because of his efforts, we have enhanced our neuroscience program to include new technology, which has helped draw top physicians, nurses and therapists to our program,” Sprengel said. “We are forever indebted to Dick and Kari Clark for their loving support.”

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-- Maria Hsin, Times Community News

Twitter: @mariahsin

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