NEWARK – Feb. 15, 2016 – Saint Michael’s Medical Center employees and medical staff raised
$6,000 for the American Heart Association during National Wear Red Day
on Feb. 5.
Hundreds of Saint Michael’s employees and medical staff wore red
during the day and donated at least $5 to have a red heart placed in the lobby.
“You can see from the number of hearts we had in the lobby that our
employees and medical staff enthusiastically supported National Wear Red
Day at Saint Michael’s,” said David Ricci, president and CEO
of the medical center. “We are proud to support this important initiative
and especially proud of our employees and medical staff for all of their
Ricci credited Caroline Pires, the administration office manager, with
spearheading the fundraising effort.
National Wear Red Day is part of the American Heart Association’s
Go Red for Women, which supports educational programs to raise women’s
awareness about the dangers of heart disease and critical research into
cardiovascular health. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among
women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The
AHA estimates that 80 percent of all cardiac and stroke events may be
prevented with education and action.
Saint Michael’s is among the top 12 Cardiac Care Centers in New Jersey,
according to a recent ranking by NJBIZ. In addition to participating in
National Wear Red Day, Saint Michael’s illuminated a portion of
the hospital building on Central Avenue in red as part of AHA’s
"GLOW Red Illumination of Buildings.”
The events are part of Saint Michael’s celebration of Heart Month
during February. Other events include a heart-healthy cooking demonstration
and a seminar on heart health.
On February 18 from 12:30 to 1:30, registered dietician Georgina Wondolowski,
clinical nutrition manager at Saint Michael’s, will conduct a heart-healthy
cooking demonstration in the main lobby for employees, patients and visitors.
Dr. Nilesh Patel, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at SMMC, will hold a
seminar on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. for people concerned about risk factors for
or living with diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke
or atrial fibrillation. Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle: Wholehearted
Health will address common factors that can lead to these conditions and
will emphasize awareness of risk factors and what can be done to combine
medical care with lifestyle changes to optimize heart health. The seminar
is free and open to the public. The seminar location will be announced shortly.
About Saint Michael’s Medical Center
Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s
is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching, and research center in
the heart of Newark’s business and educational district. Saint Michael’s
Medical Center is a member of Trinity Health. Learn more at www.smmcnj.org.