Bayhealth’s Chief Nurse Executive leads local movement to improve women’s heart health

Rosemary Wurster to chair the American Heart Association’s Delaware 2023-24 Go Red for Women®

Dover, DE March 2024 – The American Heart Association, the world’s leading non profit organization devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, announces Rosemary Wurster, chief nurse executive for Bayhealth, will serve as the executive volunteer chair of the 2023-2024 Delaware Go Red for Women® movement.

The American Heart Association celebrates its centennial year in 2024, and it’s more important now than ever to fight for women’s cardiovascular health. Go Red for Women is changing the perception women in Delaware have about heart disease and stroke. With bold hearts, the American Heart Association’s volunteers, supporters and staff forge ahead into the organization’s second century.

Go Red for Women is a worldwide initiative of the American Heart Association designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women locally, nationally and globally.

“I am a long-time supporter of the Go Red for Women movement,” Wurster said. “As a nurse I am compelled to care for patients and their families. Add to that being a woman, a colleague, a wife, a mother, a daughter, an aunt, a sister and a best friend myself. The work of the American Heart Association allows us to keep our hearts healthy so that we can show up for ourselves and those we love.”

According to the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Nearly 45% of women over age 20 are living with some form of CVD[1]. Heart disease and stroke continue to be Delaware women’s greatest health threat.

The American Heart Association raises funds from local and National Go Red for Women activities to support awareness, research, education and community programs to benefit women. Unfortunately, only 55%of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 cause of death and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red for Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.

This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated April 30 at the Delaware Go Red for Women Luncheon at Delaware Technical Community College*.

“We are so grateful to have Rosi leading the movement this year,” said Shabool Henry, executive director for the American Heart Association Delaware. “Her passion for our mission and leadership will make a notable impact on the lives of women in our community and the families that depend on them.”

Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health and the Delaware Go Red for Women Luncheon is locally sponsored by Harvey Hanna Healthy Hearts Initiative, ChristianaCare, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Bayhealth, Agilent, Fulton Bank, Morris James, Greenman-Pederson-GPI, Del-One, and Delta Dental. For more information contact Karen Gritton at or visit




About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 – our Centennial year – we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.




About Go Red for Women®

The American Heart Association’s signature initiative, Go Red for Women®, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally. While the majority of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. For more than two decades, Go Red for Women has encouraged awareness. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them tools they need to lead a heart healthy life. The Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, with additional support from national cause supporters. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721).

*Go Red for Women is not sponsored or in any way endorsed by Delaware Technical Community College and is not in any way associated with Delaware Technical Community College

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