SALEM — On Feb. 1, hundreds of Northeast Rehab employees wore red and signed commitment hearts to become living examples showing how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle and spread the word to others.
In addition, the entire week was dedicated to education of employees and the community about risk factors and the importance of prevention and early detection of heart disease.
It was all part of the Go Red Campaign, spearheaded by the American Heart Association to build awareness of heart disease among women.
Heart disease is still the Number 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year. This means many women are dying at the rate of one per minute because they don’t know that heart disease kills.
Since its inception, Northeast Rehab has supported the AHA’s Go Red movement to harness the energy, passion and power of women to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. The risk factors for heart disease are the same as those for a stroke.
“Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network is one of a handful of facilities in New England that has specialty certification from the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities in Stroke Rehabilitation,” said Tricia Desrocher, director of the stroke program at Northeast Rehab. “As part of these certifications, we strive to educate the community and our employees on how to prevent strokes and heart disease.”
Like many other organization, Northeast Rehab is truly helping to make a difference.
“With 600 employees at Northeast Rehab, it is impressive to witness the high level of participation and excitement that surrounds this event each year,” said Patty Buiocchi, vice president of business development and strategic planning. “The color red blanketed our hospitals, outpatient clinics and was even seen out in the community as our liaison and homecare staff went about their daily work.”
Northeast Rehab has been serving the physical rehabilitation needs of people in Southern New Hampshire, the Merrimack Valley since 1984.