Money to be invested in improving Northern Kentucky’s heart health
EDGEWOOD, Ky. (July 18, 2014) — The Bank of Kentucky and R.C. Durr Foundation committed $1.25 million toward the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute campaign to help improve the heart health of the region.
In 2010, The Bank of Kentucky collaborated with St. Elizabeth Healthcare to sponsor the first cardiovascular mobile unit in Northern Kentucky. In 2013, the St. Elizabeth CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit provided approximately 4,000 life-saving screenings for nearly 1,500 individuals throughout the region.
“It is unacceptable for our customers, employees and region to needlessly suffer from heart and vascular disease,” said Bob Zapp, president of The Bank of Kentucky. “Our state is among the ten least healthy in the country. Because of it, we are losing friends, family and neighbors to the number one disease in our region. We believe we can help to prevent much of this. Our commitment is to create a healthier region with St. Elizabeth leading the way.”
The bank has joined St. Elizabeth to help reduce heart- and heart-attack related deaths by 25 percent in the Northern Kentucky region during the Institute’s first 10 years. The Heart & Vascular Institute campaign is focused upon raising community awareness and funds to enhance prevention/wellness, technology and care, and research/education. This campaign is focused upon a three-pronged approach: prevent cardiovascular disease, diagnosis the disease earlier for those with early signs of the disease, and provide effective acute and chronic treatments for those with the disease.
The St. Elizabeth Foundation’s Heart & Vascular Institute Campaign is focused upon providing $15 million toward a total cost of $30 million for the Institute’s development, including new equipment, additional programs and services, cutting-edge applied research and integrated facilities built around the needs of the community.