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UHS recognized by American Heart Association with top fundraising and heart heroes awards

June 10, 2024

On Thursday, May 30, the American Heart Association honored and celebrated the local “Heroes of Heart” at an awards recognition and celebration at Atrio Banquets & Catering.

Over the years, hundreds of community members, including many at Team UHS, have dedicated their time, talent and passion to volunteering for the American Heart Association. Among the awards received were top Southern Tier Heart Walk sponsors; media sponsors; fundraising companies, teams and individuals.

UHS is honored to have received top awards for the 2024 Southern Tier Heart Walk, including:

Top Fundraiser Awards:

Both John M. Carrigg, president and chief executive officer of UHS and Megan Farmer, RN, BSN, cardiac nurse navigator and co-chair of the UHS Logistics Committee for the Southern Tier Heart Walk, received Top Walker Awards this year. John raised $8,500, while Megan raised $10,200, which also led UHS to a #2 Top Team Award with $20,500.

Overall, UHS was recognized with a Top Company Fundraiser Award, raising a record $55,645. UHS’ hard work and dedication earned us the #1 fundraising spot this year, which not only exceeded our own goal, but also helped the American Heart Association surpass its $375,000 goal with an impressive $388,456!

Heart Heroes Award:

Kimberly Winston of UHS is new to our area and wasted no time joining forces with AHA. After witnessing cardiac disease first hand, AHA’s mission became personal to her and she dedicated herself to making a difference in the Southern Tier. Her efforts showed during this year’s heart walk season as she single-handedly fundraised $3,608, even as a new resident to our community.

Mirabito presented UHS with a large “Thank You” canvas signed by walkers at this year’s Heart Walk thanking our healthcare heroes.

2024 marks the 35th anniversary of the Southern Tier Heart Walk. Over the past 35 years of Heart Walk in the Southern Tier, the generous community has raised more than $5 million for lifesaving research, education, training, and advocacy programs.

This year also marks the 100th birthday of the American Heart Association. For 100 years, AHA has saved and improved lives, pioneered scientific discovery and advocated for healthy communities.

AHA Recognition