AHA and UI Health host the American Stroke Association’s Research Check Presentation
Thursday, January 3, 2013
On Thursday, December 20th the American Heart Association and the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences Systems hosted the American Stroke Association’s 2012 Research Check Presentation in Student Center West.
The check--over 1.2 million dollars-- was presented by Lynne Braun, PhD, CNP, FAHA, Vice Chair of the Illinois Advocacy Committee and was accepted by Dr. Dimitri Azar, Dean, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; Dr. Bryan Becker, Associate VP Operations, UI Health; and Dr. George Kondos, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Chief, Clinical Cardiology, UI Health.
The AHA has been a proud supporter of UI Health’s cardiovascular research for more than 40 years. During this time the AHA has funded 293 research studies for nearly $29.5 million. As the largest and most diverse medical school in the nation, these research grants support postdoctoral fellowships, which are vital to growing the next generation of scientists who will develop cures for tomorrow. The funding of such research is the foundation of UI Health’s mission: make the best care available to everyone. As we learn more about the causes of cardiovascular disease, we can better diagnose, treat and prevent them and reduce disability and death from our number one and four killers.
During the presentation, the AHA also acknowledged several members from UI Health for their hard work and support of the 2012 Heart Walk: Joel Karman, Associate Hospital Director; Rachel Paus, Marketing; and Matthew Rennie, Administrative Resident,; and Kathleen Watson, Program Assistant, Volunteer Services. Not only did they help with sponsorship, they led the Heart Walk team to raise $65,743 for the American Heart Association. UI Health was also the AHA Heart Walk 2012 Top Hospital in the Chicago area.
Congratulations to everyone involved!