EDGEWOOD, Ky. (March 29, 2012) — St. Elizabeth Healthcare was awarded a $58,000 Heart Truth® Community Action Program grant to promote Women Take Care: The Year of You, a year-long celebration of heart-healthy events and activities. The grant will be used to enhance the St. Elizabeth Women’s Heart Health program.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of women today. According to the American Heart Association, one in every three women is affected by this pervasive and devastating illness. The Women Take Care Program helps patients better determine where they stand in relation to heart disease and treatment options.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) have joined together to offer the grant program to address the lack of awareness about women’s heart disease. The initiative encourages community-based organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate activities and programming that educates women about making lifestyle changes that lower their risk for heart disease, and promote The Heart Truth®, the NHLBI’s national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. The program also seeks to fund innovative ways of delivering programs that go beyond simply increasing the number of persons educated to demonstrating and supporting sustainable behavioral change.
“Heart disease is largely preventative,” says Toni Carle, Manager of Women’s Health at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “You just have to be aware of the risk factors and modify certain behavior when necessary. This grant will help us better serve the women in our region.”
About The Heart Truth® Community Action Program
Grants are awarded by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health as part of a public-private partnership with the national Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to promote The Heart Truth®, a women’s heart health awareness and action campaign. Funding is provided by individuals and corporations including The Heart Truth® partners Belk Department Stores, Diet Coke, and Swarovski.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky—St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas, and St. Elizabeth Grant. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including almost 1,200 licensed beds, a physician organization which includes 62 primary care and specialty office locations, more than 1,200 physicians with admitting privileges, more than 7,300 associates including St. Elizabeth Physicians, and three freestanding imaging centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and provided more than $83 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2010.