Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologist Maribel Hernández, MD, received the American Heart Association (AHA) Philadelphia Chapter’s 2014 Por Tu Corazón Ambassador Award at the chapter’s luncheon on June 14. This award was presented in recognition of extraordinary commitment and dedication to the AHA in the fight to build healthier lives free of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in the Latino Community. Go Red Por Tu Corazón promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity for Hispanic women, building on Latinas strong ties to family and cultural traditions. Research suggests that even without any other risk factors, Hispanic women may have an increased risk of heart disease.
“It is vitally important that we spread the word that heart disease is the number one killer in Hispanic women,” said Dr. Hernández. “As an ambassador of the Por Tu Corazón program, I am able to reach Latino women right here in our community and help them learn how to reduce their risk of heart disease. I want to thank the AHA for allowing me to use my knowledge and passion to make a difference in the lives of these women. This award is a true honor.”
In late June, Dr. Hernández participated on a health panel with other Spanish speaking physicians in Washington, DC, for an educational program supporting the Hispanic community, sponsored by AmeriHealth-Caritas. She was also recently honored as the 2013 Woman of the Heart at the AHA’s Go Red for Women luncheon for her tireless work to promote awareness of heart disease in women. In 2012, she received the Hero of the Community award presented by radio station El Zol, 1340 AM, during Hispanic Heritage Month. She was also a speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Hispanic Choice Awards held at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–2017, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.
Mary Kate Coghlan
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