The Association Of Black Cardiologists 8th Annual Spirit Of The Heart Awards Celebration

Association of Black Cardiologists Spirit AwardsThe Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) will host its eighth annual Spirit of the Heart Awards Gala – Saturday, October 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street (110 E. 42nd Street- NY, NY 10017) – 7pm (Media Hour – 6pm). The celebration will honor distinguished individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of health equity and/or the reduction of cardiovascular disease disparities.

ABC CEO, Cassandra McCullough remarks “The annual Spirit of the Heart Awards Gala is the noteworthy ABC tradition to honor and memorialize our “champions of change” for their significant contributions in building health communities. The awards dinner reflects ABC’s commitment to positive change to ensure that cardiovascular health equity becomes a reality.”

The evening’s distinguished honorees include: Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente (ABC Dr. Walter M. Booker Health Promotion Award); Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, Professor of Medicine (Emeritus) Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Past Chief of Cardiology, Grady Memorial Hospital, Consultant, Emory Heart & Vascular Center, Founding Consultant, Emory Women’s Heart Center (ABC Spirit of the Heart Legacy Award); Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, Professor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, Tulane Heart and Vascular Institute (ABC Spirit of the Heart Distinguished Leadership Award); Mrs. Patricia R. Butts, Founder and President of the Abyssinian Baptist Church Health Ministry (ABC Spirit of the Heart Community Health Advocate Award); National Minority Quality Forum accepted by Gary Puckrein, PhD, President and CEO (ABC Spirit of the Heart Health Equity Award); AMGEN Inc. accepted by Laura Hamill, Senior Vice President, U.S. Business Operations (ABC Spirit of the Heart Award).

“The Association of Black Cardiologists, throughout its 42 years, has worked to ensure that all people impacted by heart disease and stroke, especially minorities, are empowered through education and strengthened by action and sustainable solutions.” states McCullough.