2007-02-09 / Community

PHC Staffers Go 'Red' For Heart Health

Employees, volunteers and friends of Peninsula Hospital Center, an affiliate of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, joined companies across the nation and sported their something RED last Friday to support the American Heart Association's National "Wear Red Day" event to increase awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. On Wear Red Day, participating employees made a contribution to the American Heart Association and dressed up in all their favorite red garments to make a stand for heart healthy consciousness across the country.

Money raised will benefit research and education to help reduce the incidence of heart disease in women.

"Wear Red Day" is a participatory component of "Go Red For Women," the American Heart Association's national campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women and encourage women to take charge of their health.

Peninsula Hospital Center and the Peninsula Center For Extended Care and Rehabilitation were very proud of the vast majority of its employees who participated in the campaign because "it's an excellent way to gain awareness," said Liz Sulik, Director of External Affairs and Development. Robin Blackwell, Vice President of Nursing Services added, "Each year Wear Red Day is an opportunity for everyone to remember their female friends and family members who have suffered from the disease.

It's also a time for women to think about their own hearts and take charge of their own heart health."

The American Heart Association confirms that, "Peninsula Hospital Center and similar institutions across the nation really put their passion into action by participating in the "Wear Red Day" campaign. Their generosity is helping to heighten awareness and bring about positive change to defeat this major health threat."

Go Red For Women Day had its own dress code: All participants wore their favorite red clothes or accessory- a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous red handbag - people put on red lipstick, or sported a red tie and red socks. Everyone went RED in their own fashion to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.

Too few people realize that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women ( and men), but the good news is heart disease largely can be prevented. Spreading the Go Red For Women message " Love Your Heart" raises awareness of heart disease and empowers women to reduce their risk.

"We are committed to supporting organizations and programs that benefit our employees and the community. Heart disease affects so many of us that this "Wear Red Day" program was the perfect fit for us particularly since PHC recently received approval for our own Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in collaboration with the North Shore-LIJ Health System," said Dr. Narendra Hadpawat, Director, Division of Cardiology.

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