York and Adams County executives named to leadership roles for Heart Challenge

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on ensuring longer, healthier lives for all, has named Michael Cogliano, WellSpan Health vice president and president of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, as the 2022 York and Adams County Heart Challenge chair. In this role Cogliano is charged with a $80,000 fundraising goal to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association.

Cogliano has served WellSpan Health for the past 24 years, 21 years of which has been at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital. He began his career as a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist, giving him an appreciation for the impact of heart disease on individuals, families, and communities. Cogliano has volunteered for numerous organizations and community boards, currently serving as the immediate past chair of the Adams County Economic Development Corporation. He currently lives in Arendtsville with his wife and three children.

“Having lost several close family members to heart disease, heart health is something that has been very important to me and has influenced my own dietary and exercise habits,” said Cogliano. “I fully support the efforts of the American Heart Association and encourage others to practice good heart health.”

The American Heart Association’s Heart Challenge® is a suite of activities and initiatives designed to help companies positively impact employee overall health and well-being. The program is anchored in a series of customizable workplace events that inspires employees to be more engaged, reconnect with colleagues, get in their physical activity, support a great cause and have a lot of fun doing it.

Cogliano will be joined by other likeminded executives in York and Adams counties working to increase physical and mental health, combat burnout and promote community engagement. The executive committee members include:

  • Chris Lipp – WellSpan
  • Victoria Diamond – WellSpan
  • Devin Baker – WellSpan
  • Bethany Lavin – WellSpan
  • Samantha Stover – WellSpan
  • Tina Deblick – WellSpan

The Heart Challenge culminates with the York and Adams County Heart Walks, set for Saturday, Sept. 10. Walkers in York County can join the festivities starting at 8 a.m. at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Rd., York. Walkers in Adams County will kick off their event at 12:30 p.m. at United Hook and Ladder Company, 21 N. Bolton St., New Oxford. The Heart Walk unites the community in celebrating health and honoring survivors.

Walkers take off at the start of the 2021 York Heart Walk in York, Pennsylvania.

The funds raised through the York and Adams County Heart Walks fund the mission of the American Heart Association to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives and support the Association’s 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality.

The York and Adams County Heart Walk campaign is locally sponsored by WellSpan Health, UPMC & UPMC Health Plan, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of York, Conewago Enterprises and Glatfelter Insurance Group.

To learn more about sponsoring or engaging your workforce in Heart Challenge events, or to join Cogliano and other area executives, visit heart.org/yorkwalk or contact Gail Frassetta at gail.frassetta@heart.org or 717-730-1771 for more information.

Walkers from the Gettysburg College team participate in the 2021 Adams County Heart Walk in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.