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American Heart Association and Queen of the Valley Medical Center Team Up to Fight Napa and Solano Counties’ Number One Killer



(NAPA, California) – The American Heart Association (AHA) today announced that Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California, has agreed to a one-year sponsorship of the groundbreaking Heart of Your Community program in Napa and Solano counties. The sponsorship will greatly enhance the AHA’s efforts to educate and empower residents throughout the area about their number one killer, heart disease, and their number three killer, stroke.

"We are pleased to be able to collaborate with the American Heart Association in bringing the message of wellness to our community through the Heart of Your Community program,’’ said  Walt Mickens, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.  "Queen of the Valley believes strongly in patients being full participants in their own health and wellness, and we want to be partners in that life-long process.  Heart of Your Community’s positive message of education, prevention and empowerment is consistent with our mission to continually improve the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve."

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women nationally and accounts for almost one in four deaths in California. Each year, close to 65,000 people in the state die of heart disease; and 16,000 more die from stroke.  However, heart disease and stroke are often preventable, which is why it is so important that everyone get informed about the risk and how to avoid it. 

"Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s generous support is going to be tremendously helpful in our efforts to make Napa and Solano county residents aware of the threat of heart disease – and how to prevent it," said Teejay K. Lowe, Member of the Board of Directors of the North Bay Division of the American Heart Association and Director of Community Relations at G&G Supermarkets of Petaluma. "We rely on supporters like Queen of the Valley to help us get our life-saving message to the public, so we are very grateful for their support of the Heart of Your Community program."

About The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s largest health care organization fighting heart disease and stroke. Supporters work to advance research, education and advocacy and improve the lives of heart disease and stroke patients. Last year alone, the Association funded over $168 million in lifesaving research. For more information, visit

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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