Fort Worth Women Go Behind Scenes of Live Heart Procedure
01/11/2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation is launching an innovative program at Texas Heath Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth called SCRUBS, which will give participants a behind-the-scenes look at lifesaving medical procedures and technology available to patients in the hospital.

On Jan. 24 and 31, members of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Circle of Red — a group of women who support heart disease research, prevention and education — had an opportunity to put on a pair of scrubs and step into the cath lab to watch a live heart procedure and ask a cardiologist questions.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in women over the age of 20, and the numbers are still growing. Circle of Red members work closely with the AHA to not only help educate women on heart disease but also to help them understand what lifestyle changes they can make to improve their health.

Texas Health Resources has joined the Tarrant County and Dallas Divisions of the AHA as the cause sponsor for the 2012 Go Red for Women campaign. Go Red is AHA’s nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of women to band together and wipe out heart disease. SCRUBS is one of many heart and vascular initiatives Texas Health is providing to better inform our community.

“SCRUBS is exclusively being offered to the AHA’s Circle of Red members providing them with a hands-on experience into a heart catheterization and a peripheral catheterization," said Laura McWhorter, vice president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation and 2012 Go Red for Women Tarrant County co-chair. "I cannot think of a better opportunity to empower this dedicated group of women as they advocate for heart health prevention and education for our community as we approach National Heart Month and the Tarrant County Go Red for Women Luncheon on Feb. 10.”

The 100-bed Heart Center at Texas Health Fort Worth reflects the hospital’s ongoing commitment to provide advanced heart and vascular care to Fort Worth and surrounding communities. Through screening programs to aid in early detection, advanced diagnostics and treatment techniques, and a compassionate multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients, Texas Health Fort Worth makes it a priority to heal broken hearts. The hospital is designated as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center, an Acute Heart Failure Center and a Primary Stroke Center.

Dr. John Willard, medical director of cardiovascular services at Texas Health Fort Worth, performed the procedures while a partnering physician provided commentary for participants and answered their questions.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation provides support to seven Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals in Azle, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Southwest Fort Worth and Stephenville as well as Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Established in 1990, Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Harris Methodist. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.