- March 2012 -

The Institute takes part in a Women's Health Symposium

On March 10th, Dr. Jannet Lewis was the keynote speaker for the Second Annual Women's Heath Symposium sponsored by the Women's Board of GW Hospital. The symposium provided a free day of health workshops, education and health screenings to more than 150 women. The Women's Heart Center at the GW Cardiovascular Institute participated in the expo providing information on risk factors, prevention, and exercise.
Using Mobile Health to Streamline Patient Care

The GW Cardiovascular Institute obtained a $100,000 grant from CTIA The Wireless Foundation to evaluate a new system that will upgrade DC Emergency Medical Services ambulances with technology enabling rapid, wireless transmissions of EKGs to area hospitals and directly to the wireless phones of on-call physicians. The goal is to streamline the care of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction and reduce the time from onset of chest pain to treatment. The pilot phase of this project started this month and will include George Washington University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center and Howard University Hospital.
Heart Organizations Endorse the Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2011 (H.R. 3511)

The Cardiac Arrest Survival Act of 2011 (H.R. 3511) is legislation to increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) through development of a nationally uniform baseline of protection for persons who use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in an attempt to save a life. The bill was introduced by Rep. Pete Olson in October and has been endorsed by 20 heart advocacy organizations of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition including the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please contact: Jessica Johnson, jjohnson@mfa.gwu.edu.  
Join us on April 28th to volunteer at Food and Friends

The Institute is hosting a volunteer day at Food and Friends on Saturday, April 28th from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Please join us to prepare meals for people living with life-challenging illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. We need 15 volunteers. Please contact Jessica Johnson: 202-741-3057 or jjohnson@mfa.gwu.edu to sign up.