Senior VP of Human Resources and Community Affairs of Lifespan Corporation Chairs American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon

Senior VP of Human Resources and Community Affairs of Lifespan Corporation Chairs American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon

PROVIDENCE, RI,  – The American Heart Association announced that Lisa Abbott, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs of Lifespan Corporation, will serve as the Chairwoman of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

“I am a real champion for women’s initiatives and want to impact the community together by advancing well-being for women,” said Lisa Abbott about her new role as chairwoman for Go Red for Women. “Research needs to be robust regarding women’s health and heart disease,” Abbott said. “I want to give heart disease the attention it deserves as the number one killer of women.”

Lisa Abbott’s professional experience as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs at Lifespan Corporation fills a critical need, as Lifespan is the state of Rhode Island’s largest employer.

“I am passionate about the well-being of our employees, “ Abbott said. “This is an organization with fifteen thousand people and we strive to create an atmosphere of work and life harmony.”

Prior to joining Lifespan, Abbott served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the Associate Vice President for Health Affairs for Penn State’s College of Medicine. Before Penn State, Abbott was at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City where she was responsible for the human capital side of advancement in patient care, research and education for both the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and its regional campus in Doha, Qatar.

The American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon is a celebration of its commitment to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke remain the nation’s leading health threats to women but there is good news. These diseases are 80% preventable with education and lifestyle changes. Guests are invited to wear red, share stories of prevention and survival, and advocate for women’s heart and brain health.

“Heart disease for women needs the same attention as heart disease for men,” said Abbott. “The trajectory is good and the research is catching up.”

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon is the “must attend” social event of the season. People come together to network with peers and socialize with some of the area’s most influential people. It also recognizes and celebrates excellence in heart and stroke science, research, health care, treatment and community involvement.

The Go Red for Women Luncheon is sponsored nationally and locally by CVS.  Some of The Go Red for Women Luncheon local sponsors include Lifespan Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Fidelity Investments.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, call the Southern New England American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Director, Michelle Clark at 401-228-2322 or email her at michelle.clark@heart.org

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