MERRIAM, Kan. – February marks the beginning of American Hearth Month, dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women. Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is proud to partner with four Johnson County, Kan., restaurants and encourage better heart health.
Throughout the month of February, restaurants Grand Street Café (Lenexa), Paulo & Bill (Shawnee), Story (Prairie Village) and Ya Ya’s (Overland Park), will offer heart-healthy dishes while donating a portion of proceeds from those items to the Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Center.
“We’re thrilled to partner with these wonderful local restaurants that are helping us raise awareness for American Heart Month and educating people about both heart disease and heart health,” said Vickie Franck, Executive Director, Shawnee Mission Heart & Vascular Services.
The heart-healthy dishes being featured by SMMC’s restaurant partners throughout February include:
Story Chef Carl Thorne-Thomsen, FOOD & WINE Magazine’s 2013 People’s Best New Chef: Midwest Winner and James Beard Foundation Best Chef Midwest semifinalist, said he’s looking forward to featuring a heart-healthy dish that his customers will enjoy while also keeping heart health top-of-mind.
"I am excited to partner with Shawnee Mission Medical Center for American Heart Month. It's an honor to help raise funds for this great program. Heart healthy food can be delicious,” said Thorne-Thomsen.
Home to Kansas City’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center, SMMC offers sophisticated medical technology for cardiac and vascular care. Patients receive services from highly specialized Board-certified physicians including cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, neurologists, radiologists, vascular surgeons, emergency medicine physicians and critical care specialists.
“One of the best ways to fight heart disease is by following a healthy diet,“ said SMMC cardiologist Jay Jackson, MD. “Try to incorporate a wide variety of nutritious foods into your meals, or order one of the healthy options from the menu the next time you dine out. Even small steps can make a big difference in your overall heart health.”
SMMC’s HEARTaware program was developed to raise awareness of heart disease in the Greater Kansas City community. The program includes a free, seven-minute heart-risk assessment and three comprehensive screening packages that will help further identify the risk for a heart attack or stroke.
About Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is a 504-bed facility with nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 200,000 outpatient admissions annually. SMMC has the busiest emergency department in Johnson County, the area's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, a nationally recognized Center for Women's Health and delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMMC employs more than 2,900 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff in Kansas City. Visit us on the Web at ShawneeMission.org.