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St. Francis Medical Center Supports American Heart Association Heart Walk

On Sunday, September 7th, St. Francis Medical Center celebrated several weeks of events, competitions, rallies and support surrounding the American Heart Association Mercer County Heart Walk. Co-Chairing the Heart Walk this year was Christy Stephenson, interim president & CEO of St. Francis Medical Center along with past CEO of St. Francis Judy Persichilli who is the President Emeritus of CHE Trinity Health Incorporated.
Throughout the weeks leading up to the Heart Walk, Captains rallied their colleagues to join teams, donate to the cause and sign up to walk on September 7th.  Outside the hospital, the St. Francis Medical Center Softball Team competed in the My Heart My Life softball tournament.  This was a week-long tournament which also supported the American Heart Association and the Heart Walk.  St. Francis made it to the Championship Game in their bracket and finished in second place!  “The team played hard and we were delighted with our 2nd place finish,” said Coach Marianne Metzger.  “We compete every year,” said Manager Terri Levitsky, “but this has been our strongest team yet! We’ll get ‘em next year! ” 

Then, on Sunday, the 7th more than 200 walkers from St. Francis Medical Center joined the almost 4,000 people who came to support the Heart Walk.  Ms. Stephenson and Ms. Persichilli addressed the eager crowd and prepared them for the day ahead.  In addition, St. Francis Director of Mission and Ministry, Russ Hansel, received a LifeStyle Change Award sponsored by New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company. This award recognized individuals who made significant changes in their lifestyle in the name of heart health! 
St. Francis Medical Center was honored to support The Heart Walk.  “Heart disease and stroke remain a major threat in our community. In fact, they are the No. 1 and No. 4 leading causes of death in our nation—and right here in our own neighborhood,” said Christy Stephenson in her welcoming remarks. 

St. Francis Medical Center is known as the Heart Hospital and is the only state-recognized Regional Cardiac Center in Mercer County offering the Highest Level of Cardiovascular Care from Diagnostics to Treatment.  In continued support of the American Heart Association, St. Francis will be providing educators to travel with the American Heart Association and provide health and stroke education to the surrounding business community.

Photo #1 St. Francis Medical Center Softball Team (L to R Front Row).
Amalia Loran, Marianne Metzger, Julie Prettyman, Abbie Duay, Shawna Orie, Terri Levitsky, Denise Duay  (L to R second row) Chuck Prettyman, Dr. Samir Patel, Dr. John Caplan, Mike Schreiber, Dr. Atif Tatari, Bob Levitsky, Dr. Faisal Siddiqi
Missing from photo: Dr. Avi Arora, Duane Cline, Jeff Naese, James Young, Lisa Ambrose, Jessica Jaquez, Paulina Oleksiak

Photo #2 (L to R) Judy Persichilli, President Emeritus of CHE Trinity Health Incorporated, Russ Hansel, Director of Mission and Ministry and Christy Stephenson, Interim CEO and President of St. Francis Medical Center

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