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November 13, 2002


Emory Healthcare Puts Its Heart Into American Heart Association Heart Walk

ATLANTA - Emory is known all over the world as a leader in researching and treating cardiovascular disease - and Emory Healthcare employees from all departments are showing they want to help fight heart disease, too. Over 2,000 have signed up to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, November 16th, at Turner Field. In addition, dozens of patients whose lives have been touched by Emory cardiologists are also participating in the fundraising walk.

"We are delighted to support this event because it not only raises money to fight heart disease but it also promotes one of the basic ingredients of a healthy lifestyle, namely regular exercise," says cardiologist Douglas Morris, M.D., Director of the Emory Heart Center.

One of the nation's fastest-growing walking events, the non-competitive American Heart Association Heart Walk (which also features a 10K run and a 5Kwalk/run) encourages companies to form teams of employees, family members and others. Team members raise money to fight heart disease and stroke by collecting donations from friends, neighbors and coworkers, then participate in the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

John Fox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Emory Healthcare, is leading the Emory team.

"The Emory community is wholeheartedly and enthusiastically supporting this most worthwhile event. In fact, we expect to exceed our goal of 20% employee participation within each facility/organization of Emory Healthcare with each walker raising at $100 in donations for the American Heart Association," says Mr. Fox, Emory Healthcare Chair for the American Heart Walk. "I am very proud of the way that Emory Healthcare employees have responded to this effort. We are also excited and appreciative of the support we've received from Emory patients, who are an important part of our Emory Healthcare family. We are all united in supporting the American Heart Association in our common goal -- to defeat heart disease and stroke."

The Emory HeartWise Risk Reduction Program has an American Heart Association Heart Walk team that includes 20 HeartWise patients, many of whom have either suffered heart attacks or other cardiovascular events, as well as over 40 Heartwise staff members.

"Our program is very excited to have so many patients who are true survivors walking as part of our team for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. These individuals have accomplished so much to get to this point in their recovery," says Kathy Lee Bishop Lindsay, Manager of the Emory HeartWise Risk Reduction Program. "We are all so proud of each and everyone of them -- we just hope the staff members on our American Heart Association Heart Walk team can keep up with them!"

Doug Halleen, Vice President of Field Services for the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Heart Association, is optimistic that this year's American Heart Association Heart Walk will be an even greater success than last year's.

"We believe we will reach our goal of $750,000 and also touch many lives by this event," says Mr. Halleen. "We appreciate the generosity of companies like Emory Healthcare that have helped make American Heart Association Heart Walks such successes in the past and make it possible for the American Heart Association to fulfill its goals of reducing heart disease and stroke by 25 % by 2010."

The American Heart Association Heart Walk event at Turner Field begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 16th; the walk/run starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit the Emory Healthcare web site at

The Emory HeartWise Risk Reduction Program is designed for anyone who has experienced a heart or circulatory event or for anyone who is considered "at risk" for heart disease. Emory Heart Center physicians and other health professionals offer individualized risk assessment followed by a carefully monitored program of exercise, nutrition and education to help lower heart disease risk. To find out more about the HeartWise program, call 404-778-2850.

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