John Hickey named chair of American Heart Association’s 2024 Capital Region Heart Ball

As the American Heart Association kicks off its centennial year, John Hickey, Senior Consultant for Market Development for UPMC Health Plan in the Central Region, has been named chair of this year’s Capital Region Heart Ball.

“Events like the Heart Ball bring together people throughout our community who are passionate about supporting the American Heart Association’s mission and for many of us it’s personal,” said Hickey. “I lost my father to a heart attack at age 52, and heart disease claims the lives of thousands of people in our region every year. However, there are also thousands of families who are enjoying more years with their loved ones thanks to the relentless work of the American Heart Association. We’ve come so far over the past 100 years, and we’re committed to continuing this legacy.”

The 2024 Capital Region Heart Ball, presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, is set for Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge. Additional support is provided by Bath Fitter, Capital Blue Cross, Highmark, JSDC Law Firm, Martin Communications, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, Sun Motor Cars and United Concordia Dental. The annual event is a night to acknowledge the association’s year-round efforts to drive health equity in the Harrisburg area. In honor of the Association’s centennial celebration, the event will also celebrate its 100-year history of pioneering scientific discovery, advocating for healthy communities and significantly reducing heart disease and stroke death rates.

Throughout the evening the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health, will honor volunteers and patrons, feature stories of survivors, and entertain guests with dinner, dancing and an exciting auction.

As Senior Consultant for Market Development for UPMC Health Plan, Hickey provides leadership and direction for plan development in the region. Prior to joining UPMC, he served as chief operating officer of Lee & Associates of Eastern Pennsylvania LLC and as president of Sutliff Chevrolet. He also served as general counsel to another central Pennsylvania-based managed care organization.

Hickey began his career serving as a United States Naval Officer, and he has maintained a commitment to community service as a member of several non-profit boards of directors. He previously served as chair of the American Heart Association’s 2019 Capital Region Heart Walk.

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