Milwaukee, WI, Oct. 11, 2023 — Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in Milwaukee, and Tom Westrick, GE HealthCare president and CEO, patient care solutions, is working hand-in-hand with the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, to change that.

Westrick will serve as chair for the 2024 Southeast Wisconsin Heart and Stroke Walk, a community campaign focused on engaging local companies, corporations and their employees to join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 

“GE HealthCare has led the development of breakthrough technologies, patient care solutions and innovative diagnostics for more than a century, and we have a deep focus in cardiology that has impacted the lives of patients and helped physicians,” Westrick said.  

“I am excited to lead the 2024 Southeast Wisconsin Heart and Stroke Walk on behalf of GE HealthCare, including thousands of our employees who live and work in southeast Wisconsin.  I share a personal and professional mission against heart disease and stroke, and I know this walk will unite our community to educate, raise awareness and bring needed funding to programs that will benefit patients and their families.”

As chair of the Heart and Stroke Walk, Westrick will lead a team of area executives to recruit companies and organizations to take part in various Heart Challenge initiatives including Heart Walk, Field Day and Executives with Heart. Through these initiatives, the leadership team and supporting organizations will raise funds for the American Heart Association while leading action-oriented conversations about employee health, corporate engagement, community health and community transformation. 

The Executives with Heart program engages corporate leaders to make meaningful, personal gifts to support the American Heart Association’s 2024 Impact Goal.

“We are incredibly grateful for these leaders who are stepping up to move the needle when it comes to heart disease and stroke,” Milwaukee American Heart Association Senior Development Director Beth Grosman said.  “Through the various Heart Challenge initiatives, we are able to drive maximum impact through employee engagement and corporate fundraising. Together, we can save lives right here in southeast Wisconsin.”

Heart disease and stroke are largely preventable and how you eat, move and manage stress impacts your well-being, physically and mentally. Heart Challenge™ provides resources, tools and activities to support both mental and physical well-being for employers and employees. 

For more information about the 2024 Heart and Stroke Walk or to get your company involved, contact Grosman at or visit




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.

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