Greater Philadelphia American Heart Association Names New Board Members to its Regional Board of Directors

Six Community Leaders and Medical Professionals Step into Leadership Roles

The American Heart Association in Philadelphia will enter the 2022-23 fiscal year with dedicated volunteers who will lead the organization’s local team in pursuit of its mission, to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Joining the Board Chair Dixie P. James and Board President Dr. Deon Vigilance, newest members of the AHA Board of Directors include Peter M. DiBattiste, M.D., CEO Prolocor Inc.; Gregory L. Deshields, CDE, CHE, Executive Director, Tourism Diversity Matters; Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President, Chief Community Health Equity Officer, TJU Chief Medical Officer, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College; Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Jefferson Health; Bob Cummings, Regional President, Press Ganey; Melanie Harris, Chief Information Officer of the School District of Philadelphia

“As a volunteer- based organization, The American Heart Association relies on the dedication of men and women who are committed to our mission, and whose passion helps drive our success,” says Earnestine Walker, Executive Vice President of the Greater Philadelphia American Heart Association.  “We are grateful for our volunteer Board of Directors, whose leadership will propel the Association’s work toward our 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal, reducing barriers to health care access and quality,”  Walker continued.