Powerful support for Heart Walk comes from UHS
UHS and several of its employees have been recognized for their exceptional efforts in support of the American Heart Association.
They were among a number of organizations and individuals honored at the 2018 Heroes of Heart Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Downtown on May 31.
Team UHS was congratulated as the top corporate fundraiser in the 2018 Heart Walk, bringing in $22,471 in donations and leading all other companies that participated in the event.
"We at UHS are very pleased to be part of the effort that contributes so much to heart-health awareness in our community and furthers our nation's efforts to conquer heart disease in all its forms," said John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS.
UHS has already signed on to be a sponsor of the 2019 walk, and John will chair the 2020 walk, further showing UHS' strong support for this community-wide effort.
Across the community, this year's walk raised $265,000.
The proceeds are used to fund public health education, advocacy programs and medical research in the fight against heart disease.
A dedicated UHS employee received the association’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award for her tireless efforts in promoting heart-disease awareness and heart-healthy living.
Heart-attack survivor Megan Farmer, a registered nurse with UHS Stay Healthy at the Oakdale Mall, was recognized for having a lead role in Team UHS’ participation in the Heart Walk, including the fundraising Hearty Party.
She was also honored for her exceptional work in organizing “Little Hats, Big Hearts,” a campaign that distributes red knit hats to newborns during February, American Heart Month, raising awareness about the prevalence of congenital heart defects.
Thanks to nearly 100 donors, the association collected 2,900 hats for distribution to infants at area hospitals.
“Volunteering is important for many reasons, but for me it’s important to get information out to the community, so that people know what is going on with their health and can recognize the symptoms if they’re having a heart issue,” Ms. Farmer said.
UHS’ Kim Pilarchik, director of Cardiovascular Services, was recognized for her service on the executive leadership team of the Heart Walk.
Individual donors to the Heart Walk effort also were honored for taking on and accomplishing large money-raising challenges.
Ms. Farmer personally raised $2,212 for the 2018 walk, putting her in fourth place among the top five money-raisers.
Christopher Clinehens, an exercise physiologist with UHS’ Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, came in fifth, raising an individual total of $2,100.