Jewish Hospital’s Rudd Heart and Lung Building Goes Red
Louisville, KY—Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans, accounting for over 30 percent of Kentucky’s deaths in recent years. During the month of February, Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, will show support for the cause by lighting the Rudd Heart & Lung Building red.
As a national leader in heart care, Jewish Hospital has pioneered a number of medical firsts, including the state’s first adult heart transplant, the world’s first and second AbioCor™ implantable artificial heart surgeries and the world’s first trial of cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure.
Not only is KentuckyOne Health an innovator in the treatment of heart disease, but also in awareness and prevention.
“Many people do not realize that heart disease is our nation’s leading cause of death among both men and women,” said Valinda Rutledge, Market Leader Louisville for KentuckyOne Health and President of Jewish Hospital “Heart disease is often preventable through a healthy lifestyle with exercise and the proper diet. We are proud to support the American Heart Association in its efforts to help build healthier lives for Kentuckians.”
KentuckyOne Health will also support “National Wear Red Day” on February 1, 2013, with heart health displays, including brochures, giveaways and drawings at all area facilities including Jewish Hospital, Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, Our Lady of Peace, Jewish Hospital Medical Center East, Jewish Hospital Medical Center South, Jewish Hospital Medical Center Southwest, and Jewish Hospital Medical Center Northeast. Employees will also sell “Go Red” pins, with proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association Heart Walk.
Each year since 1963, Congress has asked the President to declare February as “American Heart Month.” One way the American Heart Association has asked organizations to draw awareness to this important health initiative is by lighting their buildings red during February.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.