L to R: Jennifer Spradlin, RN, Cardiopulmonary Care Coordinator, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute; Christi Cremeans, Lead Receptionist, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute; Commission President David Smith; Commission Vice President Brent Saunders; Lori Cremeans, RN MSN CRRN CWOCN, Director Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, Holzer Health System; Commissioner Harold Montgomery; Amy Anderson, RN, Cardiopulmonary Nurse Navigator, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute, and Lisa Johnson, NP, Holzer Cardiovascular Institute.

The Gallia County Commissioners proclaimed February as American Heart Month during their regular meeting today. Representatives from Holzer Health System joined the Commissioners for the proclamation, which was read by Commission President David Smith.

The proclamation encouraged citizens to wear red to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and recognized the “extraordinary progess” in heart health, but also recognized that “more needs to be done in Gallia County to safeguard heart health for generations to come”.

According to the statistics cited in the proclamation, the American Heart Association states heart disease continues to be the number cause of death in the United States and projects the costs of treating heart disease in the United States will triple by 2030.

The proclamation continued with stating that “keeping our communities healthy and promoting awareness of health issues including heart disease, is an important responsibility and depends on the actions of many organizations and groups in our community” and that heart health remains a priority for families, communities and the government.

“Therefore, be it resolved that in recognition of the ongoing fight against heart disease we do hereby proclaim February as American Heart Month in Gallia County and urge everyone to show support for the fight against heart disease,” read Smith.