On February 9, 2017 at the Smithville Inn approximately 200+ people attended the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s tenth Red Dress/Red Tie Reception. Event co-chairs are Robin Stoloff, program host of Living Well and Health Update, Lite Rock 96.9 WFPG, and David Spatz, news director, WOND Radio.
“Men and women wear red in awareness of heart disease. The Red Dress/Red Tie Reception is one way AtlantiCare helps to increase awareness about heart health during February’s American Heart Month,” said coordinator Rose McCarthy of Galloway.
The event proceeds benefit the ARMC Heart Heroes Program. The program places automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the community on behalf of the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. AEDs can restore a normal heart rhythm in victims of sudden cardiac arrest. The program began in 2002, spurred by a small group of dedicated AtlantiCare volunteers who are known as the “Heart Heroes.” Since its inception, the program has placed more than 200 AEDs in the community to increase awareness about the importance of prompt care for heart attack. The Heart Heroes Program funds a portion of the AED cost. Community groups and/or organizations provide the remaining funds. The program has raised money to donate over 200 AEDs throughout the community to date.