February is National Heart Month, and Main Line Health kicked off their month-long celebration to improve awareness about women and heart disease risks by crowning their Queen of Hearts at center court at the February 1 Sixers Game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Queen of Hearts campaign recognizes a local woman for her commitment to raising awareness of heart disease and demonstrating a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The 2013 Queen of Hearts, Elizabeth McDermott of Wynnewood, PA, is a survivor of heart disease. At 32 weeks into her pregnancy, McDermott experienced heart failure and complications that had her fighting for her life in Lankenau Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit. A cardiac nurse at Lankenau, McDermott is aware of the risks of heart disease, yet never thought it could happen to her. Her story of survival and renewed passion for leading a heart healthy lifestyle is an inspiration for all.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. As the Philadelphia American Heart Association’s Go Red Champion, Main Line Health embraces a passion for fighting heart disease. A regional leader in heart care, Main Line Health is committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and shares a passion for women throughout the region as they Go Red to celebrate National Heart Month throughout February.
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.
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