Alvarado Hospital physicians, staff and volunteers participated in Heart Walk, an annual event put on by the American Heart Association to raise funds and awareness about heart disease and stroke.
More than 75 employees from Alvarado and sister hospital Paradise Valley participated in the Sept. 28, 2013, walk through downtown San Diego.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, followed by stroke as the No. 4. All money raised stays in San Diego and is used for research and education. Alvarado and Paradise Valley staff raised more than $20,000 for the cause.
Alvarado Hospital is a vital community resource in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The hospital is designated as a STEMI (severe heart attack) Receiving Center by the County of San Diego. Alvarado Hospital also is one of San Diego County's leaders in stroke care. In fact, Alvarado was the first hospital in the western U.S. to receive two stroke certifications from The Joint Commission, the primary accreditation body for U.S. hospitals. Alvarado's Comebackers Club for survivors of stroke, traumatic brain injury and other neurologic events will lead off the 1-mile Survivor Walk.