Philadelphia executives and companies make bold commitments to heart and brain health. The American Heart Association Founders Day renews commitment to equitable health

On the ninety-eighth anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association, Philadelphia leaders are making bold commitments to stand with the Association as it drives toward its 2024 Impact Goal which is focused on improving cardiovascular health for all while identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

“As champions for health equity, the American Heart Association believes that everyone everywhere deserves the opportunity to live a full and healthy life” said Dr. Deon Vigilance, Greater Philadelphia AHA Board President. “Although we have made tremendous progress in fighting heart disease and stroke in our community, our work is far from complete. The American Heart Association Founders Day provides a great reminder that we must continue the fight so every single person in our community has access to the resources they need to be healthy.”

The American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke, was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists, and  the distinguished achievements of the organization over nearly one hundred years are the result of the passion of more than 40 million volunteers, supporters and employees who together have raised – and funded — more than $4.8 billion in research

For nearly a century, the American Heart Association, has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy public policies in communities across the country. These bold moves have helped transform the nation’s overall health and significantly reduce heart disease and stroke death rates.

Reaching for bold goals is made possible because of like-minded organizations who share in the vision of better health for Philadelphia. From July 1, 2021 through June 1, 2022 Philadelphia companies have pledged a transformational gift to further the work of the American Heart Association as we approach 2024 and celebrate our Centennial. These companies are:

  • Colonial Penn
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Janssen
  • Jefferson Health Care
  • LabCorp

We are also grateful for the employees of organizations who have raised a minimum of $100,000 through their Heart Walk teams.

  • Main Line Health
  • Independence Blue Cross

Additionally, as of July 1, 2021, the following individual leaders in our community have made bold commitments to the American Heart Association:

  • Donna Nicoletti Ferrier & Joseph J. Ferrier
  • Lori Nicoletti Peruto
  • Mark R. Nicoletti, Sr.
  • Sowmya & Soma Somasundaram
  • Ramona Rogers-Windsor & Thomas Windsor

Driving to achieve the 2024 Impact Goal, the American Heart Association will continue to lead breakthroughs in science and technology, improve health care and advocate for federal, state and local policies drive healthier lifestyles.

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