River Falls Area Hospital goes red for women’s heart health

For more information, contact: Louise Ernewein,

RIVER FALLS, Wis. 2/5/2016 — Staff at River Falls Area Hospital donned red recently to raise awareness of women’s heart health.

The first Friday in February – national Heart Health Month – is traditionally the date of the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day and hospital staff elected to show solidarity on the issue, joining thousands of others around the country as part of the movement to raise awareness and encourage women to make lifestyle changes to improve cardiac health.

Shari Durch, cardiac rehabilitation coordinator at River Falls Area Hospital, said: “Wearing red is a really simple way we can help get women thinking about their heart health and we hope it encourages women in River Falls to make healthy behavior changes. According to the American Heart Association, one in three women dies from heart disease and stroke every year, but 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.”

Later in the month, River Falls Area Hospital will host a women’s heart health event at which River Falls resident Dawn Huberty will share her powerful personal testimony of complete heart block diagnosis and pacemaker implantation at the age of 27. Cardiac rehabilitation coordinator Shari Durch will also share advice on ways to improve and maintain cardiac health.

The event is free and open to all. It will be held in the classrooms at River Falls Area Hospital from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. No registration is required and light refreshments will be served.

About River Falls Area Hospital

River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, is a not-for-profit regional medical center committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin - from disease prevention to innovative diagnostic and treatment services for simple to complex medical conditions. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, cancer care and emergency care services.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

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Photo shows front row (L to R): Melinda Noah, Laine Suckow-Cassady, Nancy Weinreich, Madelyne Moutray, Bruce Craven; back row (L to R): Louise Ernewein, Heather Logelin, Erin Jennings, Cindy Durow, Helen Leemkuil, Shari Durch, Roxanne Sukowatey, Mary Elliott, Cyndy Bayer, Kathy Hogberg, Jen Loesch, Kathye Beebe, Eddie Stenger, David Miller.