OVMC and EORH Employees Wear Red for Women
February is National Heart Month.Friday, February 06, 2015
OVMC and EORH employees will wear red this Friday to show support for heart health awareness, prevention, and treatment in honor of American Heart Month. Go Red for Women, held each year on the first Friday in February, is held nationwide to help raise awareness and fight heart disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and along with stroke, takes the lives of one in three women every year. Wearing red was an outward sign of OVMC and EORH's employees that heart health is important in fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke.
“We support all efforts in raising awareness to fight heart disease and educate our community in the best ways to maintain good health,” said Michael Caruso, president and chief executive officer of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. “Yet, with all the successes in awareness and education, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful are the millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change, starting locally with our employees' commitment to raise awareness.”
The hospitals' cardio-pulmonary services, which includes cardiac testing and rehabilitation, went a step further in 2014 when cardiologists from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center began seeing patients at the Advanced Heart Failure Clinic at East Ohio Medical Complex in St. Clairsville.
“Through our clinical services and our community involvement, we aim to educate our patients and the people in the Ohio Valley to prevent heart disease,” said Caruso. “Our efforts additionally support other heart-related conditions with the advanced heart failure clinic so that patients in advanced stages now do not have to travel outside the area for their physician appointments.”
Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.