Strong H.E.A.R.T.S. Community Outreach Program
In response to the statewide need to address heart disease, Baptist DeSoto established its Strong HEARTS initiative to educate residents about preventing heart disease and responding properly when symptoms present. The Strong H.E.A.R.T.S. initiative was developed to brand cardiac services at the hospital through:
The Strong HEARTS initiative has helped Baptist DeSoto receive the prestigious Chest Pain Accreditation.
We also established several annual outreach efforts, including a physicians' conference that attracted 39 physicians, 27 nurse practitioners, and 15 clinical professionals all concerned about the heart disease issue in North Mississippi. The hospital also established its first annual free community-wide Heart Healthy Health Fair, which attracted more than 300 residents by offering free heart risk assessments, heart-healthy cooking demonstrations, physical activities with free take-home exercise bands, and an up-close Q & A time with cardiologists from Stern Cardiovascular Foundation.