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 suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, the 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked #7 in Pennsylvania and #4 in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, is ranked nationally for diabetes and endocrinology, and is high-performing in 11 of 16 potential categories: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. 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 is one of only one percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. For more information about Lankenau Medical Center, visit mainlinehealth.org/lankenau.
Mary Kate Coghlan
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