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Dr. Maribel Hernández receives AHA’s Por Tu Corazón Ambassador Award

Lankenau Medical Center July 7, 2014 News Releases

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, D.C., 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.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most 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 Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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About Lankenau Heart Institute

The Lankenau Heart Institute is Main Line Health’s premier, comprehensive cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. The Lankenau Heart Institute brings together the clinical expertise of all four Main Line Health acute care hospitals and community cardiology practices to ensure that patients receive a level of quality, service, and experience that is unprecedented in the region. Through the system-wide coordination of services, the Lankenau Heart Institute delivers preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative cardiovascular services at each of our locations including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.

Lankenau Heart Institute continues to be a pioneer in the use of beating-heart techniques and robotic-assisted procedures for coronary artery revascularization, minimally invasive and transcatheter approaches for valve repair and replacement, and complex aortic surgeries. With our growing experience and focus on minimally invasive techniques, Lankenau Heart Institute has expanded participation in clinical trials year over year. Our physicians are frequently invited to participate in clinical/medical device trials, many of these designed to facilitate minimally invasive procedures/approaches.

With a collaborative team of expert consultative cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and specially trained nurses and technologists, the Lankenau Heart Institute is dedicated to managing and treating patients with heart failure, aortic disease, coronary and peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm disorders and valve disease. Our team of cardiologists and cardiac specialists provide patients and their families with expert cardiac care, close to home.