Main Line Health Physicians “Go Red” for Women and Heart Disease

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Two Main Line Health physicians have been recognized by the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Philadelphia Go Red for Women Campaign as champions in the fight against women and heart disease.

Lankenau Medical Center cardiologist Maribel Hernandez, MD, has been named AHA 2013 Woman of the Heart Award winner in honor of her tireless work to promote awareness of heart disease in women. A cardiologist for over 18 years, Dr. Hernandez specializes in electrophysiology, managing patients with heart rhythm disorders. She is the co-chair of the Main Line Health Women’s Heart Initiative, supporting awareness, education and prevention of heart disease for women in the community. Dr. Hernandez has been involved with the AHA for the past 15 years, both in education of health care providers as well as focusing on outreach to women in the community, especially among Latina women. In September 2012, she received the Hero of the Community award presented by radio station El Zol, 1340 AM, during Hispanic Heritage Month. In 2004 and 2010, Dr. Hernandez was named a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine. She appeared on the cover of the “Top Doc” 2010 edition.

Dr. Erin O’Malley Tysko, a Main Line Health cardiologist specializing in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, is the 2013 AHA Philadelphia Go Red Champion. As the Go Red Champion, Dr. O’Malley Tysko seeks to further the awareness and engagement of women across the Delaware Valley in understanding what they can do to fight heart disease. She is also a member of the Main Line Health’s Women’s Heart Initiative. With a family history of heart disease, Dr. O’Malley Tysko brings a personal passion to the Go Red Campaign. She is committed to education that promotes improvements in understanding risk factors, lifestyle changes and early intervention and diagnosis.

“Drs. Hernandez and O’Malley Tysko are true ambassadors in the fight against heart disease in women and we are proud of their recognition by the AHA,” said Jack Lynch, president and CEO, Main Line Health. “Main Line Health is proud to continue our partnership with the AHA and the Go Red initiative to help engage women throughout Philadelphia in preventing our nation’s number one killer.”

Main Line Health will celebrate “Go Red” night for Heart Month at the Wells Fargo Center during the Philadelphia 76ers game on Friday, February 1. For the fifth year in a row, Main Line Health’s Queen of Hearts, a role model who embraces healthy living, will be crowned at the game.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the country, and a leading disease overall.  As a leader in delivering cardiovascular care, Main Line Health joined forces with the American Heart Association in the Go Red For Women campaign six years ago, with physicians and employees across the health system offering support and commitment to improving awareness of heart disease among women.

About MLH

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health (MLH) is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. At its core are four of the region’s respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital; Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; and Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, a home health service. Main Line Health also consists of Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multi-specialty physician networks, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a non-profit biomedical research organization located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center. Main Line Health also consists of four outpatient health centers located in Broomall, Collegeville, Exton and Newtown Square. Main Line Health hospitals, with more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians, are the recipients of numerous awards for quality care and service, including recognition among Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 100 Hospitals and top 20 percent of health systems in the nation, and Magnet®, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Main Line Health is among the area’s leaders in medicine, providing advanced patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

Bridget Therriault
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