The American Heart Association (AHA) announced St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) the winner of the Heart Walk 2018 “Crothall Healthcare Hospital Cup.” The cup is presented annually by the AHA to the hospital that raises the most funds to fight heart disease and stroke through participation in the TriCounty Heart Walk.
St. Luke’s beat out Orange Regional Medical Center this year, raising more than $10,000 for the American Heart Association. The friendly competition challenged local hospitals’ staff, patients and their families to support the mission of the American Heart Association (AHA). St. Luke’s recruited employees, friends and family members to walk and raise money to support the AHA’s heart disease awareness and prevention programs as well as life-saving heart and stroke research. The AHA is the largest non-governmental source of cardiovascular research funding in the U.S.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and stroke is number five. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, too—it kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Thankfully, more than 80% of heart disease incidence can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating healthier and walking 30 minutes most days of the week.
“We are incredibly proud to earn the hospital cup,” said Joseph Surace, 2018 Tri-County Heart Walk Chair and SLCH Vice President of Operations. “Collectively, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is committed to the American Heart Association’s vision of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans. We are proud to provide high quality cardiac care to the communities we serve and stand together with the AHA to make an impact. We’re even more excited about what we can accomplish in 2019.”
“Thousands of heart and stroke patients are treated and cared for at regional hospitals, so local hospital staff members are committed to supporting American Heart Association prevention programs and research to improve the lives of their neighbors,” said JoAnn Parker, AHA Heart Walk Director, “We’re so grateful for their support and friendly competitiveness for a good cause!”
This year’s Heart Walk is set for Sunday, May 5th at Harriman State Park. Registration is open online at www.tricountheartwalk.org. Events like the Heart Walk get people walking as part of the AHA’s year-round Healthy For Good campaign to create a culture of health at home, at work and in the community.
For Heart Walk team and sponsor information, please call Jo Ann Parker at 845-542-4580 or email [email protected]. The Heart Walk is sponsored locally by Healthy For Good Sponsor Orange Regional Medical Center; National Walking Day and Kickoff Sponsor NicePak/PDI; Stroke Warning Signs Sponsor, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital; local sponsors, Holt Construction, Walden Savings Bank, Crystal Run Healthcare, Orange Bank and Trust, Crothall Healthcare, Cardiovascular Institute; and media sponsors Nicki Jones Agency, Lamar Advertising, Hudson Valley Magazine and Now 97.7.