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Alvarado Hospital Medical Center staff and volunteers participated in the 2011 San Diego Heart Walk, a 5k non-competitive walk to raise awareness and funds to support the American Heart Association's mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke—the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The walk was held in Balboa Park on Sept. 17. Alvarado staff were joined by staff from sister hospital Paradise Valley in National City.

Alvarado Hospital 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.

Almost everyone knows someone who has suffered from heart disease or stroke. So, this was an opportunity to experience the pride and satisfaction that comes from knowing that Alvarado staff, physicians and volunteers were an important part of an effort that raised dollars to help save lives from heart disease and stroke. All monies raised stay in San Diego.

Alvarado Hospital raised/donated more than $18,000 for the San Diego County Chapter of the American Heart Association through staff, physician and corporate donations, silent auctions, bake sales and other fundraising activities.

This year’s turnout was more than 10,000 walkers through Balboa Park.