UHealth Sets the Pace at Miami-Dade Heart Walk

More than 300 walkers representing UHealth-University of Miami Health System joined the Miami-Dade Heart Walk Saturday, November 1, at Bayfront Park. Raising nearly $13,000 to help fund research and education sponsored by the American Heart Association, UHealth placed third among all of the companies participating in the event. A total of $366,000 was raised.

“What a wonderful day for the American Heart Association and the U,” said Steven Falcone, M.D., M.B.A., UHealth Executive Champion for the walk and Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs. “I couldn’t be more pleased with UHealth’s participation. It was truly inspiring to see our wave of orange shirts during this great event.”

The UHealth team of “Vice Provost for Research Pace Makers” raised more than $5,800 — the most of any UHealth team. “We are really proud of our team,” said Dierdre Lacativa, Director of Business Operations of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. “We all believe in the American Heart Association and wanted to contribute to this great cause.”

Also participating in the walk were past and current patients of UHealth’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Warm-up activities were provided by athletic trainers from the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center.

Falcone, along with Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CEO of UHealth, and Ralph Sacco, M.D., M.S., professor and Olemberg Family Chair of Neurology, also spoke at the event attended by about 3,500 supporters.

Dean Goldschmidt thanked the AHA for its research funding. “Over nearly four decades, UM has received about $40 million dedicated to heart disease research, in areas such as neurology, stem cell therapy, and pharmacology,” he said. “We consider the American Heart Association a great partner in our quest to stop heart disease and stroke.”

Sacco, the former national president of the American Heart Association, noted that through education and research, cardiovascular disease is preventable. “Our challenge is to help our community stop heart disease and stroke before these illnesses have a change to get started.”

University of Miami Hospital staff and students from the University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies provided information and UHealthAware screenings to identify participants at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Photos of the event are available here.

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