Mercy Heart Center is Local Partner with American Heart Association for Go Red for Women Initiative

Mercy Heart Center is Local Partner with American Heart Association for Go Red for Women Initiative

Posted on: January 31, 2013

 Mercy Heart Center is Local Partner with American Heart Association for Go Red for Women Initiative

Canton, Ohio: As a nationally recognized leader in heart care, Mercy Heart Center is proud to be the 2013 Go Red for Women partner with the American Heart Association (AHA). This is the 10-year anniversary for Go Red for Women, which was created to fight heart disease in women through education and research. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and claims more female lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Through this partnership, Mercy Heart Center will be offering many educational community programs and events during February (American Heart Month) and throughout 2013.

“This partnership signifies Mercy Medical Center’s dedication to an epidemic that kills one in three women,” says Thomas E. Cecconi, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center, “Sponsorship of the Go Red for Women initiative is a reflection of our hospital’s mission to be responsive to the needs of our community and educate our mothers, wives and sisters about heart disease.”

Mercy Heart Center held a special Go Red for Women kick-off event on Tuesday, Jan. 29, which included announcement of the partnership from Cecconi, a declaration from Canton City Mayor William J. Healy II, a proclamation by Stark County Commissioner Janet Creighton and the STEMI (St Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Cup presentation by Ahmed Sabe, M.D., medical director of Mercy Heart Center and co-director of Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC). Canal Fulton EMS received the STEMI Cup for achieving the fastest door to balloon angioplasty time of five minutes and 49 seconds.

Mercy Heart Center looks forward to educating the community about heart disease throughout 2013. Do you know your risk of heart attack and stroke? Take the American Heart Association’s heart attack risk calculator at and click on the “Heart Attack Risk Calculator.”

About Mercy Heart Center

Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive lists of “Firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, the nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab where door to balloon angioplasty has been performed in less than six minutes. This cath lab allows Mercy to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) six times and was named Best in Stark County for Coronary Angioplasty and Cardiac Surgery in the 2012 HealthGrades Report.

About Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see

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