Bellin Health Joins WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance
Move strengthens commitment to women’s heart health in Green Bay; takes leadership role with addition of support for women living with heart disease
Bellin Health announced today that it has joined the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, a program of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, which is comprised of hospitals throughout the country that are committed to advancing women’s heart health. This partnership seeks to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services. Heart disease in the leading cause of death in American women, and more women than men have died from heart disease since 1984.
“WomenHeart is thrilled to welcome Bellin Health to the National Hospital Alliance,” said Mary McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of WomenHeart. “This membership represents a real commitment to advancing women’s heart health in Green Bay by teaming with WomenHeart to bring free education and support services to their women heart patients.”
In joining the WomenHeart alliance, Bellin is underscoring its steadfast commitment to women’s heart health, said Andrea Werner, vice president, Heart, Lung and Vascular Services at Bellin Health.
“We know how critical it is for women heart patients to have access to information and ongoing support throughout their care journey,” Werner said. “Partnering with WomenHeart will allow us to provide even more of these resources to the patients we serve. We’re thrilled to be joining the alliance and we can’t wait to get started.”
By joining the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, Bellin Health will now begin the process of developing a WomenHeart Support Network – the nation’s only peer led support networks for women living with heart disease. Led by women heart patients who are trained at the annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic, these women and Bellin Health will partner in the local community to bring important messages of prevention, early and accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment to all women with regard to heart disease.
Additionally, WomenHeart provides National Hospital Alliance members with materials and information developed by the nation’s medical leaders in women’s heart health and the ongoing training and technical assistance required to establish and maintain a post-discharge WomenHeart Support Network for women heart patients – a critical component of helping women with their recovery and living with this chronic and often life-threatening condition.