Hampton Roads, VA, June 22, 2023 — Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and Pat Davis-Hagens, Market President, Bon Secours Hampton Roads is working hand-in-hand with the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all, to change that. Davis-Hagens will serve as chair for the 2023-2024 Hampton Roads Heart Challenge™, a community campaign focused on engaging local companies, corporations and their employees to join the fight against heart disease and stroke. 

“I am excited to chair the 2023-2024 American Heart Association Hampton Roads Heart Challenge,” said Pat Davis-Hagens, Market President, Bon Secours Hampton Roads. “The campaign’s fight against heart disease and stroke aligns perfectly with our focus on caring for the whole person – our patients, communities, and our associates. We look forward to working together with the AHA to provide quality, compassionate care for this community, especially when it comes to the heart, for years to come.”

As chair of the Heart Challenge™, Davis-Hagens will lead a team of ten Hampton Roads executives to recruit companies and organizations to take part in various Heart Challenge™ initiatives including the Peninsula Heart Walk®, Southside Heart Walk® 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. 

Serving in leadership roles on the Heart Challenge™ Executive Leadership Team are:

  • Pat Davis-Hagens, Market President, Bon Secours Hampton Roads
  • Todd Brinkley, Director, Community Health Services, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
  • Ron Caswell, Project Executive, Hourigan Construction
  • Terrie Edwards, Regional PresidentSentara Southside and Northeast North Carolina Hospitals and Interim Acute Care Division President, Sentara Health
  • Julia Jones, Vice President, Manufacturing Newport News Shipbuilding, A division of Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Carrie Miller, Senior Gift Officer, Organizational Giving, Bon Secours Hampton Roads
  • Tiffany Perree, Practice Director, Riverside Health System
  • Craig Schmidt, COO, Bon Secours Hampton Roads
  • Andy Spicknall, President, Bon Secours Harbour View Hospital, Bon Secours Hampton Roads
  • Dana Weston Graves, President, Princess Anne Hospital, Sentara Health

“We are incredibly grateful for these leaders who are stepping up to move the needle when it comes to heart disease and stroke” said Dr. Ethlyn McQueen-Gibson, Research Scholar, EVMS and Leadership Development Chair for the American Heart Association Executive Board of Directors. “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 Hampton Roads”.

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. 

This year’s Heart Walk sponsors include Bon Secours Hampton Roads, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, Sentara Health, Labcorp, ADP, and Langley Federal Credit Union. For more information about sponsorship, Heart Challenge™ or to get your company involved, contact Stephanie Corio at stephanie.corio@heart.org or visit www.hamptonroadsheartwalk.org.  

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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.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.   

Jaylyn Brown
jaylyn.brown@heart.org
For Public Inquiries: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721)
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