The 2 BigHearts Foundation Holds Successful Cardiac Screening Event at The Heart Institute at Staten Island University Hospital

8th Annual 5K Run/Walk Raises Over $8,000 to Benefit The 2 BigHearts Foundation!

Michael Unetich Joins Board of Directors

The 2 BigHearts Foundation has announced the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Jim Clarke, founder and president of the 2 BigHearts Foundation. (download pdf)

Public invited to 2 BigHearts Foundation annual 5K Run/Non-Competitive Walk on May 29

La Porte, IN - The 2 BigHearts Foundation, in conjunction with the La Porte Hospital Foundation, invites the public to the 6th Annual 5K Run/Non-Competitive Walk on Saturday, May 29. (download pdf)

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The Heart Institute

The Heart Institute

The Heart Institute is proud to be one of the nation?s foremost cardiac care centers located in Staten Island, New York at Staten Island University Hospital (North Shore-LIJ Health System). A renowned pioneer in the field of minimally invasive bypass surgery and angioplasties, The Heart Institute has elevated the standard of cardiac care for its local community, throughout the tri-state area and across the nation. With an uncompromising team of distinguished cardiac specialists and dedicated healthcare professionals, The Heart Institute has proudly changed the lives of so many heart patients and advanced the field of cardiac surgery as a whole.

The Heart Institute provides the full breadth of cutting-edge techniques and procedures across a range of cardiac services. Patients turn to The Heart Institute for the most progressive cardiac diagnostics, treatment, post-surgical outpatient care and cardiac prevention programs. Among the many procedures performed at The Heart Institute are groundbreaking minimally invasive coronary bypass operations, heart valve repair/replacements, angioplasties, cardiac catheterizations, as well as implantation of cardiac assist devices.

Our prestigious team is led by Medical Director and renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Joseph McGinn? pioneer of the cutting-edge bypass technique, MICS CABG. Recently, The Heart Institute sponsored a Women's Heart Health Awareness event to promote the 2 BigHearts mission with free screenings and education to the residents living in Staten Island.

To learn more about The Heart Institute, click here.

LaPorte health

La Porte Regional Health System

From the outset, The 2 BigHearts Foundation sought to find healthcare partners who were committed to promoting heart health. 2 BigHearts board member, Trish Crepeau, and founder, Jim Clarke, discovered one of our local hospitals, LaPorte Hospital in LaPorte, Indiana, had an impressive facility called The Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI). From the moment we met with LaPorte, we loved them. We found passionate people who shared our mission of raising awareness specifically for women’s heart health.

HVI at La Porte Hospital is committed to advancing cardiac care and bettering the lives of cardiac patients. With a network of medical, interventional and surgical services, their focus is on early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of heart and vascular disease.

To learn more about La Porte, click here.

Rush university

Rush University Medical Center

Jim Clarke met Anabel Volgman, MD, in 2005 at Rush. One of the foremost cardiac physicians in the region, Dr. Volgman is a strong advocate for women’s heart health and prevention. Jim and Dr. Volgman were asked to speak on women’s heart health at the request of the wife of the Illinois governor. Jim and Dr. Volgman forged a lasting friendship; they each had a passion for spreading the word about women’s heart health. Their alliance has given rise to a number of screenings at Rush, and to a coordinated effort to continue to test for heart irregularities in women residing in the Chicago area.

Rush has specialists devoted to diagnosing and treating virtually every type of heart problem in adults and children. The cardiovascular program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, continues to be a national leader in coronary care. Working in state-of-the-art facilities, using some of the world’s most sophisticated technology, cardiac experts at Rush are on the leading edge of diagnosis, treatment and discovery. From preventive measures to heart transplantation, they are revolutionizing heart care.

To learn more about Rush, click here.

St. James Sisters of St. Francis Health Services

Nick Zagotta, a longtime friend of Jim Clarke and a member of the Board of Directors at St. James Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, suggested that Jim meet with a number of people at St. James to discuss forming a strategic alliance. The idea met with great enthusiasm; it was a perfect fit for many reasons, among them the fact that Gigi and Sally grew up in nearby Lansing. That sense of good will resulted in a strong bond with the people at St. James — and a long-lasting alliance to hold heart health screenings while promoting education about heart disease in women.

St. James has gained national recognition as a leading cardiovascular hospital. Their Heart and Vascular Institute is advancing today’s treatments with its enhanced technology, expert care and comprehensive approach. From prevention programs, stress and nuclear cardiology testing, non-invasive cardiac procedures and cardiac bypass, to cardiac rehabilitation and a complete range of outpatient services, there’s no need to go anywhere else for world-class heart care.

To learn more about St. James Hospital, click here.