PORTLAND, Ore. – Andrew McCulloch, president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Northwest, will serve as volunteer chair of the 2014 Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk on May 17, 2014. The event supports the Oregon/Southwest Washington division of the American Heart Association, whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. As part of his leadership, McCulloch has challenged Kaiser Permanente employees to raise $100,000 to help fund heart disease and stroke research. Kaiser Permanente is the first company to commit to this level of support in Oregon.
“We’re proud to support the Heart & Stroke Walk. It’s the perfect way to share our commitment to the total health of our workforce and the community, through heart-healthy exercise,” said McCulloch. “And it is a great complement to the excellent care and service provided at our Center for Heart and Vascular Care.”
“We are thrilled to have Andrew McCulloch’s leadership as the chairman of the 2014 Heart & Stroke Walk,” said Lanette Trickey, executive director, American Heart Association – Oregon/Southwest Washington. “With such a respected and knowledgeable chairman leading the way, we expect that local businesses and individuals will play close attention to the importance of addressing the real threat of heart disease and stroke in our community.”
McCulloch kicked off the 2014 Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk with an Executive Leadership Breakfast, bringing together local executives to discuss the importance of corporate wellness. The event also honored more than 40 Fit-Friendly Worksites, organizations recognized by the American Heart Association for prioritizing their employees’ health and wellness.
The 2014 Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk will take place May 17 at the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland, Ore., and at Vancouver Landing in Vancouver, Wash. This is the 11th year of the event, which raised $615,000 last year. This year’s goal is to raise $660,000 for heart-related programs and research. Individuals and companies interested in sponsoring or attending can call 503‑820-5300 or visit PDXHeartWalk.org. The Heart & Stroke Walk is nationally sponsored by Subway and locally presented by Kaiser Permanente. Local media sponsors include Fox 12/PDX TV, Community Newspapers/The Portland Tribune, Live 95.5, KINK.fm, 98.7 The Bull and Walk About Magazine.
About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to building healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.
About Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve approximately 9.1 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 495,000 people in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.