Heart Month Celebration Reaps Rewards


Pictured (L-R): E. Merritt McDonough, Jr., President, Saint Francis Foundation; Steven Abrams, Max Restaurant Group Partner; Lynn Rossini, Vice President, Saint Francis Foundation; and Anita Kelsey, M.D., Director, Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis.  

(Hartford, Conn. February 28, 2014) - The Max Restaurant Group, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., and Voli Light Vodka donated $4,500 to the Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis following a month-long celebration of Heart Month. The eight-location restaurant chain received donations through a special beverage promotion. The Women’s Heart Program is offered free to any woman over 18. It is designed to help women take a proactive approach to heart disease through education and increased awareness. Participants receive an individual risk assessment and a two-hour education session provided by a registered nurse, a registered dietician, and an exercise physiologist. Many of the women served by this program live at, or below, the poverty level and need access to quality healthcare and education. Heart disease, not cancer, is the leading cause of death among women in the United States. 

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.