DANVILLE — Friday was National Wear Red Day and Hendricks Regional Health facilities participated to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
“Today is ‘Go Red,’ it’s the national initiative to go red to raise awareness in our own facility and to raise awareness of the public that’s coming in,” Anne Miller, director of the emergency department and emergency medical services said. “For the last week we’ve been gearing up by having information out on the hub for the local people within the hospital and we have information going out to the public.”
HRH put up exterior signs and bright red lights on its facilities, red bows and bouquets that will stay up throughout the month of February, which is American Heart Month.
This is the 10th birthday for Go Red for Women and this year HRH is putting on a raffle to get hospital associates more involved.
“We have a raffle at lunchtime where we are giving away two Coach purses that were purchased by the cardiac rehab department,” Miller said. “All of the money will go back to the American Heart Association.”
Friday was also casual sticker day where staff members could buy a sticker to wear jeans and to wear red as well. All of the money from that will also go to the AHA.
Next week they’ll be going off-site to physician offices and immediate care facilities to raise awareness.
The hospital is also encouraging anyone having a pitch-in to make it themed around heart health food or red food, and is asking participants to take photos of them.
“We’re trying to brainstorm; we’re trying to think outside the box,” Donna Haggard, director of the cardiac cath (catheterization) lab and perianesthesia services said. “We want to continue to engage the staff and to give back to the American Heart Association.”