News | Published October 27, 2010

Mount Nittany Employees Raise More than $11,000 for Heart Walk

Every minute, someone dies from a heart disease-related illness making it the number one killer in America. On October 16, more than 100 employees of Mount Nittany Medical Center took the first step to a healthier heart by participating in the Centre County Heart Walk and raising more than $11,000 to support it.

“Every day, Mount Nittany Medical Center employees personally see community members suffering from heart-related illnesses, which is why we find it important to participate in the walk each year,” said Gail Miller, vice president for quality at Mount Nittany Medical Center. “Community members can receive a full range of cardiac services at the Medical Center, but prevention is key to ensure you don’t suffer from the severe risks associated with heart disease and failure.”

The Medical Center was honored by the American Heart Association for “Outstanding Community Service” for the Medical Center’s dedication to saving lives. This year, Mount Nittany employees exceeded their fundraising goal by donating an additional $11,400 to the American Heart Association. The Medical Center was also a corporate sponsor, a sponsorship held since 1999. Mount Nittany employees joined more than 518 community members to participate in the three-mile event at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

“Just thirty minutes of daily activity is proven to help prevent a heart attack or other heart-related illness,” said Miller. “This walk allowed community members to realize how simple it is to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.”

Among those attending the walk was Diane Bartram, performance improvement nurse at Mount Nittany Medical Center, who was honored as the walk’s Co-Heart Hero. Bartram suffered a heart attack five years ago and was at the event to share her story and support the American Heart Association.

Prior to the walk, participating employees took a group photo in the shape of a heart to demonstrate their dedication to helping members of the community lead healthier lives.