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A relentless force for longer, healthier lives in Tennessee
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Celebrating 37 Award-Winning Tennessee Hospitals

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Every patient deserves access to high-quality heart and stroke care, regardless of where they live. Each year, the American Heart Association recognizes hospitals across the country – from rural areas to the most populated cities – for consistently following up-to-date, research-based treatment guidelines for cardiovascular disease.

Manage Stress. Manage Your Health

Manage Stress. Manage Your Health

Stress happens, especially these days. While you may feel too busy to de-stress – you can decide to take back your “me time,” one moment at a time. Reduce stress for a healthier version of you.

Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Indulge in this delightful spinach salad featuring zesty orange vinaigrette—it's a deliciously nutritious way to elevate your taste buds and embrace vibrant flavors!

BE PART OF A CENTURY OF LIFESAVING

In the past 100 years, the American Heart Association and its community of supporters have accomplished an astonishing amount in the fight against heart disease and stroke. However, our journey is far from over. As we enter our second century of work together, we’re more dedicated than ever to finding and funding the next big scientific breakthrough in cardiovascular research.
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Events in Your Area

Mid-South Women of Impact Celebration

Location: Junior League of Memphis

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - 05:30 PM

2024 Greater Knoxville Heart Walk

Location: Zoo Knoxville

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024 - 08:30 AM

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Mid-South Go Red for Women Luncheon

Location: Hilton Memphis

Date: Friday, September 13, 2024 - 10:00 AM

Greater Nashville Heart Walk

Location: Geodis Park

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024 - 08:00 AM

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Chattanooga Heart Walk

Location: Coolidge Park

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2024 - 08:00 AM

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Mid-South Heart Walk

Location: Shelby Farms Park

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2024 - 11:00 AM

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In Your Community

The Tennessee American Heart Association is committed to driving equitable health impact in the community through four priority areas: Hypertension, Tobacco & Vaping, Nutrition Security, and CPR and AED Awareness

Problem: Hypertension: Nearly 40% of of adults in Tennessee have high blood pressure 

  • Solution: The association is working with free clinics and community-based organizations throughout the Region to Establish blood pressure cuff loaner programs, and education and clinical referrals to at-risk populations.

Problem: Nutrition Insecurity: 1 in 9 people in Tennessee County live in a food desert. 800,970 people are facing hunger - and of them 197,490 are children.

  • Solution: AHA has strategically placed cold storage units at local food pantries and youth-based organizations across the region allowing more As a people to access nutritious fruits and vegetables each month.

Problem: CPR/AED Awareness: Counties located in the south with higher proportions of rural areas, Black and Hispanic residents, and those with lower median household incomes all have lower rates of CPR training than other communities.

  • Solution:  AHA is actively addressing this issue by offering Hands-Only CPR demonstrations to residents across Tennessee and donating CPR anytime Kits to schools, hospitals, and businesses in the region. Through these efforts, more individuals can join the Nation of Lifesavers, bridging the gap in CPR/AED awareness and improving community resilience.

Problem: Tobacco and Vaping: Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

  • Solution: we are working within schools and communities to teach our next generation about the dangers of smoking and vaping. We are also providing support for those who choose to quit.

AHA Advocates helped secure Tobacco 21 policy ensuring longer, quality lives for all Tennesseans.

We are fighting for longer lives in Tennessee by making the places where we live, learn, work, play, pray, and heal as healthy as they can be. It's no secret that under-resourced communities face great adversity and barriers that impact their heart health and overall well-being. 

With your support, we can expand our nutrition security, blood pressure management, and anti-smoking/vaping efforts so that more of our neighbors have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, health education, and medical care. Together we will tackle these issues head on, creating a healthier Tennessee for all.

Tennessee Lobby Day

On March 6th, advocates, legislators, and families affected by sudden cardiac arrest unite to rally support for Cardiac Emergency Response Plans in our schools. Tennessee Senator Joey Hensley and Representative Scott Cepicky lead the charge for the Smart Heart Act, urging colleagues to prioritize our children's health. Thanks to their efforts, the bill passed unanimously by the General Assembly, ensuring that every school campus across Tennessee has a cardiac emergency response plan in place to act swiftly when minutes matter most.

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President
Dr. Alison L. Bailey
Centennial Heart at Parkridge

Chair
Renee Ford
Elliott Davis

Chair Elect, Leadership Development Chair
Chris Hopkins

Apogee Wealth Partners

Members

Gregg T. Gentry
Erlanger Health System

Corinne Henderson
Henderson + Gardner, PLLC

Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste
AHA Leadership Development Chair,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Dr. Quincy Jenkins
Chattanooga State Community College

Dr. Mary Lambert
City of Chattanooga

Twila Layne
We R CPR

Dr. Chris LeSar
AHA Immediate Past President,

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga

Dr. Harish Manyam
Erlanger Health System 

Pastor Ernest Reid
Second Missionary Baptist Church

Scott Rowe, PT
Encompass Health

Dr. Vimal Ramjee


President
Dr. Sumeet Sharma
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Chairperson
Tony Benton
Tennova Healthcare

Members

Andy Beam
Pinnacle Financial Partners 

Brett Foster
Knox County Schools

Eddie Jett
MBI Companies

Luke Johnson
Covenant Health

Charles F. Lomax, Jr.
Knoxville Area Urban League

Ken Parent, Past Chairperson
Pilot Company

Dr. Ayaz Rahman
Covenant Health

Cheryl Smith
CPR Choice

Marsha Spence, PhD, MPH, RDN, LDN
The University of Tennessee

Dr. Brian Wiseman, Past President
The University of Tennessee Medical Center


President
Herman Williams, MD
HW Consulting

Immediate Past President
Daniel Muñoz, MD, MPA
Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute

Chair
Michael Wiechart
TeamHealth

Leadership Development Chair
Fahad Tahir, MAS, MBA, FACHE
Ascension Saint Thomas

Members

Gregory J. Allen
Greg Allen LLC

Katina Beard, MSPH
Matthew Walker Clinic

Eric Evans
Surgery Partners

Lynn Friedrichs
Deloitte

William Haugh, FACHE
LifePoint

Penny Houchens
Gresham Smith

Dr. Veronica Mallett, M.D., MMM
Common Spirit

Ken Misch
MEDHOST

Pal Narayanan
GEODIS

Tom Ozburn, DSc., FACHE, CMPE
TriStar Centennial

Evelio Rodriguez, MD
Ascension Saint Thomas

Margaret Rush, MD
Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Joseph Webb, D.Sc, MSHA, FACHE
Nashville Healthcare Center

Stephanie Wise
TriStar Division

Mark Yancy, MPH
Nashville Health


President 
Dr. John Jefferies
UT Methodist

Chair
Doug McGowen
Memphis Light Gas & Water  

Dr. Andrei Alexandrov
UTHSC

Jenny Bartlett-Prescott
Church Health

Valerie Bearup
Morris Marketing Group

Andy Davis
Turner Construction Company

Dr. Cassandra Howard
Methodist Germantown Hospital 

Dr. Asish Joshi
University of Memphis

Paaj Kurapati
University of Memphis

Roxanne McGonigal
Caesars Entertainment Corporation 

Angela Moss
First Horizon Bank

Robyn Sharp
International Paper

Jim Sweeney
Path AI Diagnositics

Dr. Michelle Taylor
Shelby Co Health Dept

Manoucheka Thermitus
Regional One Health

Dr. Benjamin “Rush” Waller
UTHSC/Le Bonheur

Brian Yoakum
Evans Petree PC

Marques Young
Edward Jones


Contact Us

Chattanooga

By appointment only:
519 East 4th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

423-763-4400

Knoxville

By appointment only
4708 Papermill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37909

865-293-5100

Memphis

Mail-Only:
4728 Spottswood Avenue #214
Memphis, TN 38117

901-248-7950

Nashville

By appointment only:
1818 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN 37203

615-340-4100

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