27th Annual Heart Hike Partners with American Heart Association
Event Kicks Off 9:30 a.m. June 3 at Bennington Elks Lodge
For the past 26 years, members of the public have joined past and current participants in the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Cardiac Rehabilitation program for the Annual Heart Hike and Community Wellness Walk. This year, the Heart Hike has partnered with the Vermont Chapter of the American Heart Association.
“This new partnership relates to growing cooperation between SVMC and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Their Chair of Cardiology Dr. Mark Creager is the immediate past president of the American Heart Association,” said Scott Rogge, MD, SVMC’s medical director of Cardiology. “The American Heart Association conducts important research and provides amazing educational resources. It makes sense for us to join forces and give families here an opportunity to deepen their commitment to this important cause.”
The event starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Bennington Elks Lodge on Washington Ave. One, two and three mile courses are available. The walk is free and open to all, and no preregistration is required. Pre-walk warm ups will be led by SVMC Cardiac Rehab staff.
Those who would like to start or join a team and fundraise for the American Heart Association may visit www.vermontheartwalk.org. Register using the Burlington Walk link.
“Heart disease is a common struggle. Almost everyone knows someone who has heart disease,” said Patty Ryan, RN, nurse coordinator of SVMC’s Cardiac Rehab program. “Our goal is to increase awareness and get moving, so heart disease affects fewer of our area families.”
Participants interested in more information about the event should contact Cardiac Rehab at 802-447-5132.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.