Unity Health’s annual Heart to Heart event educates and empowers women

The annual Unity Health Heart to Heart Fireside Chat event was held Feb. 16 at Harding University, with about 200 people in attendance. Educating women on the importance of heart health, the event featured a vendor fair of informational booths, a luncheon and a personal story from a Unity Health patient. 

Miss Arkansas, Cori Keller, served as emcee for the event. A special presentation was given by Unity Health cardiologists Katherine Durham, MD, and Eric Robinson, MD, featuring a fireside chat with their cardiology patient, Jacquelyn Thomas. 

LEFT: Cody Horton, Crystal Stevens and Ashley McGhee. RIGHT: Kristy Morris, Terry Johnson, Miss Arkansas Cori Keller and Carol Hawkins.

Thomas shared her harrowing story of nearly losing her life to the condition Long QT syndrome. This heart signaling disorder, of which she has type 2, presented itself at an early age, but after discovering the issue and receiving treatment through the Unity Health-Cardiology Clinic, Thomas has not had an episode in more than three years. 

TOP: Lisa Ayers, Leann Steward and Stacey Mason. BOTTOM LEFT: Hannah Robinson and Eric Robinson, MD. BOTTOM RIGHT: Katherine Durham, MD, and Jacquelyn Thomas.

Vendors provided materials for education on heart health and medication, and local businesses offered information about living-healthy lifestyles. Sponsors included event title platinum sponsor Abiomed, silver heart sponsors Pfizer and Medtronic, and heart-felt sponsors ARcare, The Shops at Unity Health, Simmons Bank and NorthStar EMS.  

Unity Health is an Arkansas healthcare system consisting of four hospitals, 28 family practice clinics, specialists and specialty clinics consisting of 15 areas of practice including: Unity Health-Cardiology Clinic, Unity Health-Orthopaedic and Spine Center, the Pyeatt Family Cancer Center, inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation, as well as inpatient and outpatient behavioral health. 

501 LIFE Editor Stefanie Brazile (from left), Unity Health Marketing Coordinator Hannah Robison and Unity Health Director of Volunteer Services Jamie Laughlin.

As the leading healthcare provider and largest employer in an eight-county area, Unity Health and its more than 2,300 associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being for the communities they serve through compassionate care. Unity Health has more than 150 physicians who specialize in various areas of healthcare.