KANSAS CITY, September 12, 2023 — Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in Kansas City and across the nation. Dan Astleford, chief operating officer of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri, is working hand-in-hand with the American Heart Association to change health outcomes. Astleford will serve as chairman for the Kansas City Heart Walk. The community campaign is focused on engaging local companies, corporations and their employees to join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 

“We are grateful that Dan has stepped into this role with enthusiasm, says Laura Lopez, executive director of the American Heart Association in Kansas City. “The Kansas City Heart Walk is one of our premier fundraising events. It brings the community together to connect with survivors and celebrate medical advancements made thanks to funds raised by the American Heart Association. HCA Midwest Health has been longtime supporters of the American Heart Association, and their employees have showed up in many ways to help us fight against heart disease and stroke.”

Since 2019, Astleford has provided executive oversight of hospital ancillary and support functions, service line development, ethics and compliance and campus construction. Some of his accomplishments include expanding cardiovascular, neurosurgical and oncology service lines, increasing employee and physician engagement and enhancing patient care and satisfaction at Centerpoint Medical Center.

“It’s an honor to serve as chairman for the Kansas City Heart Walk,” says Astleford. “Most people are unaware that heart disease is largely preventable.  The Kansas City Heart Walk is a great way to get the community moving, while educating them on lifestyle changes they can make, and the positive impact American Heart Association makes in our region.” 

The Kansas City Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at the Power & Light District, downtown Kansas City. The celebration begins at 8 AM and the walk will start at 9 AM. This will be the 29th Heart Walk held in Kansas City. The event is free for the public to attend and is child and pet friendly.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookX or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

Acerca de la American Heart Association
La American Heart Association es una fuerza incansable para un mundo de vidas más largas y saludables. Nos dedicamos a asegurar una salud equitativa en todas las comunidades. A través de la colaboración con numerosas organizaciones, e impulsados por millones de voluntarios, financiamos la investigación innovadora, abogamos por la salud pública y compartimos recursos que salvan vidas. La organización con sede en Dallas ha sido una fuente líder de información de salud durante casi un siglo. Conéctese con nosotros en heart.orgFacebookX o llamando al 1-800-AHA-USA1.


American Heart Association

DeEtta Lee, Communications Director

For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
heart.org and stroke.org

HCA Midwest Health
Christine Hamele, AVP, Public Relations and Community Affairs

Kimberly Stern, HCA Midwest Health News Bureau