The 2nd Annual Easter-themed Heart Walk is set for Saturday, April 12 and includes many free family-friendly activities. The walk begins at 8:30 (registration begins at 7:15) on the hospital’s campus with a 5K Fun Run through the city of Lucedale.
“We are very pleased to host this event for our community. Heart disease affects many lives in our county. This is a good way to bring people together to increase recognition of heart disease and the heart care services our hospital offers,” explains Paul Gardner, George Regional Health System CEO.
All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. “We are so proud of our compassionate Heart Walk team at George Regional Health System and the wonderful efforts they are making for the benefit of the American Heart Association,” says Kathy Aycock, Regional Director for the American Heart Association.
While recognizing a serious issue, the event also promises to be a fun, family-friendly day. The Easter bunny will be available for photos and at 10:00 there will be an Easter egg hunt with prizes. The event also features face painting, balloon art, refreshments, door prizes, and heart health booths. The Easter egg hunt and children’s activities are all FREE!
The fun run will begin on the George Regional Hospital campus, winding through the city of Lucedale onto the new Greenway, which joins the City Park, and back to the hospital. The 5k Fun Walk/Run is $20 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. Pre-registration is due by March 26. Participants may also register the day of the race for $20, but are not guaranteed a shirt.
Participants can register online at https://hippityhopforyourheart2014
For questions, please contact Stephanie Chisholm at 601-947-0709 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heart Walk registration form 2014
Heart Walk 5K Course
In 1997, the residents of George County made a commitment to improve their healthcare facilities. With a tax of 5 mills, a new emergency room, intensive care unit, surgery unit, registration area, labor and delivery suite, and seven new patient rooms were built.
We are grateful for the support this health system has been given for the past 16 years, and we are asking the residents to continue that commitment by extending the current millage for another 20 years.
This is NOT a new tax; it is simply a continuation of the mills you have been paying since 1997. This additional space is necessary to improve patient care and meet growing demands. Our health system is the strongest it has ever been in its 63 year history, and your continued support will help improve our facility and allow us to grow with our community.
Speech Therapist Luci Knotts recently joined the staff at Southeast Rehab. “As a child, I could not say the ‘r’ sound and was teased a lot—hence the reason I chose this profession,” Knotts laughs. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, she earned her Master’s Degree in 1995.
Her extensive 20-year career includes working with the Pascagoula school system, providing speech therapy in the nursing home setting, and most recently at Singing River Health System. “Actually, a patient I was treating from Lucedale planted the seed to come to George County,” she explains. “I’m excited to be here. This health system is growing and I’m glad to be a part of that growth.”
Knotts will focus on providing outpatient speech therapy at the rehab center (838 Mill Street) and in the nursing home setting at George Regional Health & Rehab. “The variety of this profession is what I enjoy the most. I may be working with a newborn baby, then helping a stroke victim—I love the challenge of it,” she explains.
“I’m very interested in feeding issues in children. My goal is to become certified in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, which is a way to address problematic feeding behaviors. There’s a real need in this area,” Knotts points out. “So many babies and children are being referred to outlying areas and it would be wonderful to offer the service here. Early intervention is key.”
Southeast Rehab & Wellness Center, an extension of George Regional Health System, helps patients effectively manage their wellness and rehabilitation. The center features a blend of prevention and treatment services all at one location. For more information, call 601-947-9190.