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Published on June 04, 2014

UHS Receives Many Honors at Heart Association Dinner

The American Heart Association honored local organizations and individuals for their many contributions to the AHA and the community’s heart health at its annual banquet on June 2.  AHA recognized UHS as an organization - and UHS administrators and employees - often, citing numerous distinctions.

At the “Heroes of Heart Celebration” dinner, AHA celebrated the more than 1,250 people who participated in the 25th anniversary Southern Tier Heart Walk and raised over $200,000.  Of those totals, UHS was the top corporate team, raising $16,455 and having over 250 registered walkers.  In addition, UHS employees who launched and participated in the basket drawing were recognized for making it such a success and for helping our organization achieve first place in fundraising this year.

UHS was lauded as caring about the health of its employees, as well as its patients.  It is considered a “Fit-Friendly Worksite,” having gained AHA gold-level distinction for documented efforts to help lower the risk of heart disease through the comprehensive worksite wellness program coordinated by UHS Stay Healthy at Work.

Because UHS Hospitals consistently meets exceptionally high standards in treating heart failure patients, AHA has awarded UHS the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  To receive the award, a hospital must meet stringent standards in treating cardiac patients. The guidelines ensure that the care provided to heart failure and stroke patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines that enable hospitals nationwide to save lives.

The local AHA organization honored UHS for its corporate sponsorship and also recognized John Carrigg, executive vice president and chief operating officer of UHS, and Christina Boyd, vice president for Community Relations, for their roles on the executive leadership team; John Carrigg was also recognized as one of the Heart Walk chairmen, and Sharon Westbrook of UHS Hospitals was honored as a member of the walk's logistics committee.