Go Red for Women in Philadelphia is proud to announce that Shelly Buck and Barbara Wadsworth, both from Main Line Health, the city’s Go Red signature sponsor, will Co-Chair this year’s campaign. In their roles, Buck and Wadsworth will lead the 2022-23 fundraising efforts for Go Red, which encourages women to take charge of their heart health and combat the No. 1 and No. 5 cause of death of American women, heart disease and stroke.
With almost 20 years of experience in health care leadership, Shelly Buck provides direction and operational oversight at Riddle Hospital. She also collaborates with the Senior Leadership Team, Medical Staff leadership, Riddle Hospital Foundation Board, and her executive colleagues across Main Line Health to identify strategies for success and to ensure that the effective execution of those strategies are in line with Main Line Health’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan. Buck received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership, from Old Dominion University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Barbara Wadsworth brings over 30 years of healthcare and nursing experience to the system. In her role, Barbara has leadership and operational oversight for hospital and ambulatory operations across Main Line Health, collaborating with hospital and medical staff to ensure a high standard of care in all settings, promote clinician and patient satisfaction and provide oversight for cost-effective care delivery and integrated clinical programs. Barbara serves in leadership roles across a number of organizations throughout the area, including: Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders; Immaculata University MSN Advisory Board; Gift of Life Board of Governors; PHL Convention & Visitors Center Board Nursing Leadership Committee; Montgomery County Board of Health; Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Action Coalition and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women.
“I have been inspired by the work of Go Red for Women, that encourages women to take charge of their heart health,” explains Barbara Wadsworth. “Go Red for Women has made a significant impact on the rate at which women suffer heart disease in this country through education and fundraising. I look forward to leading the 2022-23 efforts here in Philadelphia with my Co-Chair,” stated Shelly Buck.
“We are grateful for such passionate leaders from our Greater Philadelphia Go Red Champion, Main Line Health,” says Earnestine Walker, Executive Director of the Philadelphia American Heart Association. “Main Line Health has joined the American Heart Association in our dedication to quality, equitable wellness for years, and under the leadership of Shelly and Barbara, we will reach hundreds of thousands of women in Philadelphia and encourage them to prioritize their heart health,” continued Walker.
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 percent of women realize heart disease is their number one cause of death and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors like 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. Each spring, Philadelphia’s efforts culminate in the Go Red for Women luncheon, an event attended by 600+ Go Red supporters at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. For more information about Go Red and how to get involved, contact Go Red for Women Senior Director, Shelly Nightengale at [email protected]
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region’s premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.
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