Go Red in Your Own Fashion with the American Heart Association and Lowell General Hospital

2014 Event Co-chairs Lead Go Red Movement in Merrimack Valley

 The American Heart Association has once again teamed up with Lowell General Hospital to bring its nationwide Go Red For Women® movement to Merrimack Valley. The 2014 Go Red In Your Own Fashion event will take place on Thursday, November 13th at the Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center.

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Richard Birkhead, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology at Lowell General Hospital and Cecelia Lynch, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at Lowell General Hospital.

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Amesbury resident, Richard Birkhead, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology at Lowell General Hospital and Westford resident, Cecelia Lynch, RN, MS, NEA-BC, FACHE, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at Lowell General Hospital, will serve as co-chairs for this year’s event.

Birkhead has worked at Lowell General Hospital for 25 years and has been President of Lowell General Hospital/Merrimack Valley Cardiology, Inc. since 2011. He earned his undergraduate from Oberlin College and his Doctor of Medicine degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Lynch came to Lowell General Hospital from Ellis Medicine in New York where she served as Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer from 2008 to 2014. Prior to her work at Ellis, Lynch worked in Rhode Island as Nurse Manager of Emergency Services at South County Hospital; Director of Customer Service at Northwest Community Nursing and Health Service; and held various nursing leadership roles at The Miriam Hospital. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Salve Regina.

As co-chairs, Birkhead and Lynch will provide leadership for the event planning and recruitment of participants and sponsors.

“Heart disease and stroke cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute,” said Birkhead. “The Go Red In Your Own Fashion event will give Merrimack Valley the opportunity and strength to fight back against heart disease and stroke, and demand change.”

This year’s Go Red In Your Own Fashion event is expected to bring together more than 200 men and women from Merrimack Valley to promote women’s heart health. The events “Paint the Town Red” theme will celebrate the Go Red For Women® campaign with a cocktail reception and fashion show. Anna O’Donnell, 13-year-old congenital heart disease survivor, will be the event’s passion speaker.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion, and power of women to band together and wipe out heart disease. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress have become linked with the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. Lowell General Hospital has helped bring the movement to life in Merrimack Valley as the local Go Red For Women sponsor.

Go Red In Your Own Fashion will be held on Thursday, November 13th at the Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center. The Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Passion Speaker and Fashion Show at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for $50 each by calling 781-373-4555Go Red in Your Own Fashion with the American Heart Association and Lowell General Hospital or visiting www.heart.org/MerrimackValleyGoRedInYourOwnFashion.

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