The American Heart Association declares February as Heart Month and St.
John's Medical Center is helping to increase awareness around heart
health in a number of ways. "With Valentine's Day coming up,
it's a good time to pause and consider that up to 80% of heart disease
and strokes is preventable," said St. John's cardiologist Ellen
Gallant. "Lifestyle changes and identifying our own risk factors
can offer tremendous benefit."
National Wear Red Day
On Friday, February 5, National Wear Red Day, St. John's associates
will wear red to help raise awareness that heart disease causes 1 in 3
deaths among women each year. “Heart disease is the number one cause
of death for both men AND women. We encourage all community members to
join us and wear red on February 5,” said St. John’s communications
officer Karen Connelly. As the first step toward prevention, it’s
recommended that adults get annual well visits with their health care provider.
St. John's Cardiology
In the past year, St. John's responded to community need by hiring
full-time cardiologist Dr. Ellen Gallant. Dr. Gallant works with the patient’s
primary care provider to provide medical management of heart conditions,
including cardiovascular disease, congestive heart failure, and valve
problems. She coordinates services at larger health centers when invasive
procedures, such as catheterizations and surgeries, are necessary.
Events Supporting Heart Patients
The St. John’s Hospital Foundation benefits from community events
that raise funds for heart patients.
- Rock the Ride -- Benefiting Stroke and Cardiac Patients -- will be hosted
at Revolution Indoor Cycling on Sunday, March 13. This team fundraiser
will directly support local patients who cannot afford their medical care.
- The 12th Annual Shirley's Heart Run will be held on Saturday, June
18. Funds raised at the event are directed to heart-related programs,
medical equipment, and cardiac patients.
St. John's HEART Week
St. John's associates will participate in an on-campus HEART week,
February 8-12. Each day, Choices Café will offer a heart-healthy
special, in addition to the heart-healthy choices of the Cafe’s
salad bar. The associates will also hold their annual fundraiser during
HEART week, an event that raises money to help other employees who face
financial hardship due to injury, illness or loss.
TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) for your Heart
On Thursday, February 25, the director of St. John's cardiac rehabilitation
program, Nola Peacock, PT, DSc, will present "TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle
Changes) for your Heart" at the senior centers in Marbleton/Big Piney
and in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 739 7380,
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness through a full-service
hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center. For more information, visit tetonhospital.org
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understanding of and support for St. John’s Medical Center and to
inspire philanthropy to improve the health of our community. For more
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