To raise awareness of women and heart disease, Beebe Healthcare has joined the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement in Delaware to support Go Red activities throughout February, Heart Awareness Month.
As a highlight of the month, Lewes cardiologist Heather Raff, MD, will present "Women and Heart Disease” at noon, Friday, Feb. 28 at Beebe’s McCurry Conference Center at the Beebe Health Campus on Route 24. There is no cost for the presentation, but space is limited. RSVP to Shelley Tyrrell at 302-645-3300, Ext. 3295, by Friday, Feb. 21. Seating is reserved. A light lunch will be provided.
Raff joined Cardiovascular Consultants of Southern Delaware in Lewes in November 2011. She is from southeastern Pennsylvania and earned her BS degree in biology from Lafayette College, where she graduated cum laude and as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. After medical school, she moved to Denver, Colo., for her internship, residency and cardiovascular fellowships at the University of Colorado. Raff is board certified in internal medicine and echocardiography, and in cardiovascular diseases.
Beebe is partnering with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce throughout the month in promoting a community-wide Lewes Goes Red effort. Beebe has posted fliers around the medical center and placed the signature red dress logo on the front lawn. Red lights will illuminate the medical center in Lewes and Tunnell Cancer Center at the Beebe Health Campus on Route 24. Participating Lewes businesses also are illuminating their buildings in red.
Beebe also is sponsoring several events at the hospital for employees and visitors, including a cardiovascular unit display in the cardiology waiting room during the week of Feb. 9.
The cafeteria will be serving red-themed foods during that week. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, Beebe Healthcare will hold its 2014 Health Fair at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This free event, designed to promote healthy living for all ages, offers a variety of screenings, cooking demonstrations, educational materials and giveaways, a raffle, kids’ activities, light refreshments, and entertainment. There also will be presentations by local physicians and flu vaccinations provided by the state Division of Public Health.
Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities it serves. For more information, go to www.beebehealthcare.org.