Women in Kent and Sussex Counties have an important new ally in the fight against heart disease and stroke, Circle of Red. Founded by Bayhealth’s Louisa Phillips, the Southern Delaware Circle of Red chapter is a group of philanthropically-minded women who dedicate significant resources toward educating their communities about the risk of heart disease and stroke. A dinner lecture held on September 26, 2012, at Kent General Hospital, kicked off the 2013 Southern Delaware Circle of Red season with a presentation by Southern Delaware Circle of Red member Judith A. Rippert, DO, on cardiovascular disease symptoms and treatments.
Nationally, Circle of Red chapters are designed to emphasize the importance of talking about cardiovascular disease and taking steps to prevent it. In its first year, Southern Delaware’s Circle of Red has surpassed even the most optimistic forecasts for success. Typically, new chapters see membership of five or six women in the first year, but Phillips’ group grew to 16 in the 2012-2013 year, with three new members already committed for 2013-2014.
“The response this year has been tremendous,” said Bayhealth’s Marianne Foard, 2013 Chair of the Go Red for Women Luncheon. “If you start with the right people, you will succeed. The Southern Delaware Circle of Red is a huge success for women throughout Delaware.”
Dr. Rippert’s presentation, specifically geared towards women, revealed that between 1997 and 2009, awareness that heart disease is the leading cause of death doubled among white and Hispanic women, and tripled among black women. Many women ignore heart disease and stroke symptoms because they do not associate them with potentially serious health problems. In fact, heart disease is often believed to be a disease that predominantly afflicts older men, when it is the leading cause of death among American women.
Circle of Red members in Southern Delaware commit to a donation of $1,000 per year; the money supports medical research and community outreach programs. Currently, two studies and a fellowship are underway in Delaware.
During the evening, Kim Daino, Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Manager at Fulton Bank, was introduced as the 2013 Chair of Southern Delaware Circle of Red. In this new role, she will continue the Southern Delaware Circle of Red mission to educate the public, healthcare providers, and lawmakers, while raising funds for women’s awareness and research programs.
Circle of Red will sponsor community events throughout the year, in addition to supporting Go Red for Women’s annual luncheon on February 8, 2013.
For more information about Southern Delaware Circle of Red or the 2013 Go Red for Women Luncheon, please contact Karen Gritton – Special Events Director, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Office: 302-286-5705