Heart-felt thanks and appreciations were extended at last month’s American Heart Association’s Heart Ball.
The 13th annual soiree marked the end of American Heart Month, and helped the American Heart Association raise $910,000 to support cardiovascular research and programs.
Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, with nearly 2,400 Americans falling prey to the disease each day. Proceeds from the ball are used to fund research, education and advocacy campaigns.
The night’s festivities treated area philanthropists and healthcare, corporate and community leaders to auctions, dinner, live entertainment and dancing.
CGI, the Healing Heart Society partner of the American Heart Association, honored military doctors Navy Lt. Cmdr. Rupa Dainer, a pediatric anesthesiologist at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda; retired Air Force Maj. Mark Haigney, director of medicine and pharmacology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Army Maj. Kevin Woods, director of the Anticoagulation Clinic at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda; and Navy Cmdr. Erich Wedam, cardiac electrophysiologist at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda for their service.
“The challenges these men and women face in treating patients on the battlefield are unique,” said Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president of CGI and board member for the regional American Heart Association. ”They must combine exceptional skill, complicated logistics and the latest in technology and information management to quickly assess, treat and stabilize patients. Our Heart Hero honorees are truly at the tip of the spear, delivering the best possible care to their patients wherever they are.”