Greenville, SC, December 5, 2023 — The American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, is proud to recognize the commitment of Joshua Trout, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Greenville, CEO as he completes his term as the local Board Chairman and begins his term as the Upstate Heart Walk Chairman in 2024.

As a dedicated advocate for cardiovascular health, Joshua has played a pivotal role in advancing the Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Commencing the role of local Board Chairman in June 2022 and concluding the term in June 2024, Trout has demonstrated unwavering commitment, contributing to the organization's initiatives and fostering collaborations that have had a positive impact on the community.

"Joshua has been an invaluable leader in our community, and we are thrilled to have his continued support for the American Heart Association in the Upstate as he completes his term as Board Chairman, as well as leading this year’s Upstate Heart Walk as the Chairman,” Kelly Wilkins, American Heart Association, executive director.

“2024 is a monumental year for the American Heart Association and we are thankful for Joshua’s continued leadership and dedication to cardiovascular health,” said Kelly.

Trout is excited about the opportunity to continue championing heart health and making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families. His vision for the Heart Walk in the centennial year reflects a commitment to building a healthier future for our community.

“Prioritizing the health and well-being of our Upstate community is not only a professional commitment but a personal leadership imperative,” said Trout. “Each day, I am inspired by the dedication of the exceptional staff at Encompass Health and moved by the personal stories of local community members, reinforcing the profound importance of heart health. Serving in leadership capacities for the American Heart Association is an honor. Together, we can all strive to be a driving force for a world of healthier lives, extending our impact to foster a healthier Upstate as well.”

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