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St. Joseph’s Hosts First-Ever “Heart Day”

Event Marks National Heart Month and Previews Wear Red Day

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will host the first-ever “Heart Day” on Thursday, February 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the DeFuria Room, off the hospital’s main lobby.

February is National Heart Month and this event is intended to increase awareness of heart disease, while also serving as St. Joseph’s official kick-off of Go Red for Women and American Heart Association Heart Walk activities. Attendees will learn about all the cardiovascular services St. Joseph’s provides throughout its system of care, as well as how nutrition, pharmacy and exercise play a role in helping to prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association also will be on hand as it prepares for the annual “Wear Red Day” on Fri., Feb. 7.

“On average, about 78 women die from heart disease and stroke in New York each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” explained Diana Farneti, RN, NP, event organizer and director of critical care, telemetry, access and endoscopy for St. Joseph’s. “By holding events, such as this one, and donning red on Wear Red Day, we hope to raise awareness of heart disease and improve the survival rates for women and men.”

Media are invited to stop by the event anytime. Contact is Kerri Howell, 703-2140.

Other events and observances are planned during the month of February. For example, media are invited to take a picture (or video) of giant, red dress “gobos” lighting the side of the hospital building across from the College of Nursing, as well as the façade of the dialysis services building, located at 973 James St. They will be lit daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. during the month of February.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.