During the month of February, hospitals around the region helped spread the word about womens heart disease with Go Red days and other awareness activities.
On Feb. 1, Grand View Hospital employees were encouraged to wear red clothes for National Go Red Day. (Employees at the hospitals Sellersville Outpatient Center celebrated a day earlier.) Information about reducing risk factors for cardiac disease was distributed to staff and community members. RNs and other employees offered blood pressure screenings and smoking cessation information and conducted a sodium taste test using canned soups.
Employees at Holy Redeemer Health System, Meadowbrook, Pa., chose Feb. 8 to wear red. They raised more than $1,900 to help the American Heart Association support ongoing research and education about heart disease among women.
Central Montgomery Medical Center, Lansdale, Pa., also is committed to fighting heart disease, and in conjunction with the North Penn Visiting Nurses Association offers blood pressure and cholesterol screenings in the lobby of Central Montgomery Medical on the first Friday of each month. Hospital employees wore red on Feb. 1.
This is our special commitment at Central Montgomery Medical Center this February to support Heart Month, says cardiologist Joseph Kraynak, MD.