MVP Leader, Albany Med Cardiothoracic Surgeon Lead Board

Adanna Akujuo, M.D. Theresa Petrone Butts  Theresa Petrone Butts, Leader of IT Vendor and Budget Management at MVP Health Care, and Adanna Akujuo, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Albany Med, are leading the Capital Region Advisory Board for the next two years. Petrone Butts, who first joined the board in 2012, [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Essex County passes Tobacco 21

Today, Sept. 4, the Essex County Board of Supervisors took an important step in protecting the youth of the county by raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. This is the first county in the North Country to pass the measure. The American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society applauded the board’s action. Bob Elling, [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Essex County residents, a letter for your legislator

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m., the Essex County Board of Supervisors will vote on Tobacco 21, a measure that would raise the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. If you live in Essex County, would you contact your legislator and ask them to pass this measure? We've provided a letter you can adapt, as well [...]

By |September 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Essex County could be the next to pass Tobacco 21

The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association are urging the Essex County Board of Supervisors to be the next county in New York to pass Tobacco 21, which would raise the minimum legal sales age to 21, thus protecting the North Country’s youth from the extreme dangers of smoking. The Board of Supervisors will [...]

By |August 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Albany Med Stroke Coordinator Supports CycleNation

Adrienne Weitzel, RN, MSN Stroke Program Coordinator, Albany Med Committee Member, CycleNation Adrienne Weitzel, RN, MSN, Stroke Coordinator at Albany Med, shares her reason for being part of #CycleNation in the Capital Region.  Our Community is Why….. Caring for stroke patients truly takes a team approach to ensure our patients in our communities receive the optimal stroke care [...]

By |August 29th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let Essex County legislators know you want Tobacco 21!

Our Government Relations Director Caitlin O'Brien has an update from Essex County, where the board of supervisors will vote again on Tobacco 21 on Sept. 4. Will you help? The list of legislators to contact is at the bottom of Caitlin's update.  The American Heart Association is thrilled to see Tobacco 21 getting a second chance in Essex County. Tobacco [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

First CycleNation event hits the Capital Region

Members of the CycleNation committe are ready to "ride the revolution." Join them Sept. 27 at Brown's Revolution Hall. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, will host the Capital Region’s first CycleNation event at Brown’s Revolution Hall, 425 River St., Troy, on Thursday, [...]

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cardiac Kid throws out first pitch at Valley Cats game

Connor Daddario, left, and his sister Maddie, celebrated the first anniversary of Connor's open-heart surgery last week. Connor will throw out the first pitch at the Valley Cats game on July 19.  There will be a group of special heroes among all the superheroes at Thursday’s Valley Cats game. Thirteen of the American Heart Association’s Cardiac Kids – [...]

By |July 19th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update From Albany: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Caitlin O'Brien, our government relations director in New York State, sums up our activities from the recently concluded legislative session - and gives us a forecast of what's to come.  New York’s Legislative Session came to an anti-climactic end on June 20th. With continued political turmoil in the Senate stemming from an even number of Democrat Senators and Republican Senators, the Legislature [...]

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

State’s Inaction is Very Disappointing

 The state Legislature left Albany without listening to the will of the people, and left a measure to reduce the risk of death and disease on the table. “We are so disappointed in our elected representatives that they didn’t pass Tobacco 21,” said Caitlin O’Brien, New York state government relations director for the American Heart Association. “More than 75 percent [...]

By |June 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments