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20th Anniversary Celebration Includes Educational Presentation for Community

October 14, 2009

Hudson, FL (October 14, 2009) - In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center in Hudson, the hospital is sponsoring an educational presentation for the public on November 12, Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its conference center. The subject is “Prevention” of obesity, heart attacks, and strokes.

Dr. Rao Musunuru, the cardiologist (2005 American Heart Association National Physician of the Year) instrumental in establishing The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center, will be speaking on ways to “overcoming overweight.” He is a current member of the Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health and also a current member of the National Leadership committee of clinical cardiology Council of American Heart Association.

His son, Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH, a clinical and research fellow in cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston will be speaking on prevention of heart disease with special emphasis on genetic aspects. He will also be making an educational presentation to the members of the medical staff from noon to 1 p.m. on the same day (November 12) regarding “Novel Risk Factors for Heart Attack, New Discoveries.” Kiran grew up in Pasco and has published his first medical textbook at age 19, as an undergraduate at Harvard and has authored medical articles and book chapters extensively since then, while training at Cornell, Rockefeller University, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. Kiran currently serves on several national committees for American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.

Dr. David Johnson, Director of Pasco County Health Department will be speaking on various preventive health programs in Pasco County. Heather Fiorentino, Superintendant of Pasco Schools, will be addressing various prevention health programs in the schools (nutrition, exercise, etc.). Susan Arnett, President, United Way of Pasco County will share her personal experiences with benefits of sustained weight loss and Bob White, Sheriff of Pasco County will share his personal experiences of surviving a heart attack.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters and has been named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery. It has an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and an Approved, With Commendation, Community Cancer Program, from the College of Surgeons.

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