Saint Michael's Medical Center was recognized for outstanding achievement
by the American Heart Association as New Jersey's top fundraising
team for hospitals during Wear Red Day 2016.
More than 1,300 sites across New Jersey participated in Wear Red day on
Feb. 5, including schools, hospitals, municipalities and corporations.
Saint Michael's placed sixth overall and first among hospitals and
health care systems.
Peter C. Cary, (far right) senior director for corporate health and mission
engagement for the American Heart Association and Patty Lang, a stroke
victim and volunteer for the AHA, present an award to Caroline Pires,
assistant to the CEO, Janice Learn, manager of the catheterization laboratory
and Dr. Joaquim Correia, division chief of cardiology.
The award was presented Nov. 7 by Peter C. Cary, the senior director for
corporate health and mission engagement for the American Heart Association,
and Patty Lang, a two-time stroke victim survivor.
"We are there to thank you for your extraordinary performance,"
Cary said. "Because of efforts like yours, we have been able to fund
more than $50 million since 2004 focused on women."
Wear Red Day, part of the Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign,
was launched in 2004 to help start a conversation in the United states
about women, heart disease and stroke. More than 25 countries participated
in Wear Red Day in 2016.
"What you are doing when you volunteer for Go Red for Women is saving
Lang, a mother of four, who was only 42 years old when she suffered her
first stroke while driving down the New Jersey Turnpike in December 2008.
A second stroke followed two years later.
"Who would have thought at 42? Nobody told me at 42 that I was at
risk of stroke," she said. "I didn't meet any of the criteria
that you would normally think and, at 42, quite honestly, there were other
things I was worried about."
As a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Lang said she makes
it her mission to ensure other women are informed about the risks.
Robert Iannaccone, the CEO of Saint Michael's, said he is proud of
the employees and medical staff at the hospital for embracing national
Wear Red day.
"This recognition is a testament to the commitment to heart health
of our employees and our medical staff," Iannaccone said. "This
is just one example of what truly makes Saint Michael's a great hospital."
Saint Michael’s, a 357-bed hospital in the business and university
district of Newark, operates the Heart and Vascular Institute, one of
the leading cardiovascular centers in the region. The hospital has been
rated high performing by U.S. News and World Report for the treatment
of heart failure.