Saint Joseph’s Heart Center for Women Provides Free Cardiac Screenings to 70 Underserved Local Women

ATLANTA, GA – (November 12, 2010) As the only women-focused heart center in all of Georgia, this November Saint Joseph’s Heart Center for Women partnered with Mercy Care Services North to screen and educate north side Atlanta’s underserved women.  In its continued commitment to providing quality community care, Saint Joseph’s provided thorough heart screenings to 70 indigent women. 

Each participant received a comprehensive cardiac check that included analysis of:  blood pressure, weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, and waist circumference.  Following the screenings, board-certified cardiologists and nurse practioners met with each participant to discuss the results.  If necessary, Mercy Care Clinic North scheduled follow up visits for the women who will require more monitoring.  “Ensuring every woman screened receives follow-up care is an integral part of our health screenings” says Dr. Gina Lundberg, Medical Director for the Heart Center for Women and preventional cardiologist with Saint Joseph’s Medical Group.  “So often organizations put on health fairs and leave symptomatic participants without any means to treat their newly diagnosed conditions. We not only enroll our women for follow up care but provide them with the great community health resource of our Mercy Care Services Clinics” adds Lundberg. 

During the heart screenings, Saint Joseph’s provided free lunch to the women in addition to hosting a heart healthy cooking demonstration and several educational seminars with topics on how to raise healthy children, reduce stress, and lower sodium intake.  Area organizations that contributed to making the day’s events a success include the American Heart Association, Quaker Oats, Phenomenal Women and Women Heart. 

Editor’s Note:  Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta is now a 410-bed, acute-care hospital recognized as one of the leading specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast.  Saint Joseph’s is the region’s premier provider of cardiac, vascular oncology and orthopaedic services and home to the most comprehensive minimally invasive robotic surgery program in the world.   Saint Joseph’s is one of the 50 top hospitals and one of the few hospitals in the world to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence.  Saint Joseph’s medical staff is comprised of over 750 physicians.  Saint Joseph’s Health System is based in Atlanta and has several subsidiaries including indigent care services, employed physician group, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Greensboro, GA, and research facilities.  Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Joseph’s is a member of Catholic Health East.  For more information, please visit www.saintjosephsatlanta.org.

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