Throughout national heart month in February, Redmond Regional Medical Center worked in the greater Rome community to spread a message of heart health awareness in very unique ways. Redmond combined its support for local community groups and events with its mission of providing heart health education to the public. And in the process, Redmond also helped tell the stories of people using generous hearts to better the community.

Since its doors opened in 1972, Redmond has served Rome and Northwest Georgia by offering cardiac services such as rapid emergency heart-attack care, heart catheterization, and open heart surgery. During heart month, Redmond focused beyond medical care of the heart and participated in events to provide vital heart health education in Rome, GA. Through these local community partnerships, Redmond presented a variety of heart month events including the Heart of the Community Awards, The Rome Community HeART Project, National Wear Red Day, and An Evening on the Runway.

The Heart of The Community Awards of Honor

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor. Since its inception, Redmond has served as the presenting corporate sponsor. The awards serve as a way to honor those unsung heroes who embody a heart of service for the greater Rome community. Each recipient, often in many different ways, impacts the community through philanthropic work. The evening not only serves as a time to recognize the giving hearts of the recipients. It also is a time that the Heart of the Community and Redmond Regional Medical Center can monetarily give back to the community through grants to local non-profit organizations. This year, the Heart of the Community Foundation awarded a total of over $40,000 in grants among several local non-profit groups for heart-healthy related projects.

Rome Community HeART Project

Rome was made a little more beautiful through the artwork created for The Rome Community HeART Project. The project is a collaboration between Redmond and the Rome Area Council for the Arts (RACA) to bring public art to Downtown Rome with an emphasis on heart health awareness. Each year, large hollow-form HeARTs are displayed throughout the month. Each HeART is a unique creation as artists convey a message of heart health awareness through the medium of their choice. In this third year of the project, 5 new HeART garlands were added for a total of 20 pieces on display. These beautiful HeARTs were hosted by local businesses throughout the downtown. The community was encouraged to vote for their favorite HeART via social media and to share with the hashtag #HeART2016. The participating artists represented a variety of backgrounds and included several art classes from local schools. In their artist biographies, many of the artists and teachers shared how the process of creating their HeART sparked both individual reflection and class discussion on heart health.

Redmond Goes Red

February 5, 2016 was National Wear Red Day, promoting heart disease awareness and prevention. In Rome, the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House is a gathering place for breakfast. Thanks to the partnership with the local restaurant manager, Redmond was once again able to be onsite for Wear Red Day and provide education to the community. Customers were given information both inside the restaurant and at the drive thru. A radio segment about heart disease prevention and other heart health topics was even broadcast from the dining area. For those wanting more personal and detailed risk information, Redmond Occupational Health was onsite to provide AngioScreens®. The event was a way for Redmond to connect and engage with the community as well as provide important heart health information.

An Evening on the Runway

“An Evening on the Runway” was the first event of its kind in Rome. Redmond partnered with the Historic Desoto Theater Foundation to present this brand new event. All proceeds from the event benefited the Historic Desoto Theater Foundation for the restoration and preservation of Downtown Rome’s historic theater. The show highlighted Rome’s local small business by featuring clothing from downtown boutiques, and hair and makeup services for the models provided by local salons. In addition to supporting local small businesses, the show also highlighted Rome’s community members. All of the models featured in the show were local students and community leaders. Redmond had a feature segment in the show, “A Round in Red.” The segment was a connection to the theme of wearing red for heart disease awareness, similar to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. This segment featured Redmond employees representing various aspects of heart care provided at the hospital. They were dressed in red gowns and classic tuxedos with red accents from local formal wear clothiers. As each employee walked the catwalk, emcees shared heart health facts connected to the areas of heart care the employees represent at Redmond. Even the music selected for the segment conveyed an important message of awareness with “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees. As the emcees noted, “Staying Alive” is used by the American Heart Association to teach the proper rate and rhythm for chest compressions in hands-only CPR. Through this unique event, Redmond was able to support a local non-profit foundation and spread awareness about heart health. With the positive feedback from the community, plans for next year are already in the works.

Redmond Has Heart

Redmond Regional Medical Center was founded in part to bring high quality heart care to Rome and Northwest Georgia. That care is not limited to medical care of the heart. It includes caring for the community through education. National heart month was an opportunity to uniquely combine support of local organizations with Redmond’s mission of providing community education. The result: a memorable February in Rome and Floyd County with increased heart health awareness where perhaps it’s least expected.