Saint Francis Hospital Holds Free Heart Festival Feb. 18

Monday, February 15, 2010 General News J E 4

Speakers, healthy cooking demonstration, free screenings, and more

EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Saint Francis Hospital's annual HeartFest on Feb. 18 will be bigger and better than ever – with free cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings as well as a healthy cooking demonstration and lectures from physicians. The heart festival is free and open to the public. Keynote speaker Patrick Reynolds, an anti-smoking activist and grandson to cigarette company founder R.J. Reynolds, is anticipated to draw a standing-room only crowd with his discussion called "Tobacco Wars: the Battle for a Smoke-free Society." The indoor festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Ill.  Reynolds will speak promptly at 1 p.m. in the auditorium. Fasting is not required for screenings.  The event is free but space is limited. Call 1-877-RES-INFO (877-737-4636) to reserve a spot today.

About Patrick Reynolds

Patrick Reynolds lost his father, R.J. Reynolds, Jr., his oldest brother R.J. Reynolds III, his aunt and other family members due to cigarette-induced emphysema, heart disease, and lung cancer.  Concerned about the mounting health evidence against tobacco, he became a passionate advocate against smoking and tobacco.

About Saint Francis Hospital

Saint Francis Hospital ( in Evanston, Ill. is a Level I Trauma Center with a long history of leadership and "firsts" in cardiac medicine and technologies. The hospital performed the first cardiac bypass surgery in the entire Chicago metropolitan area; it was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Illinois and is the only Accredited Chest Pain Center on Chicago's North Shore.

Saint Francis Hospital is a part of Resurrection Health Care, a family of health care services providing advanced medical care and exceptional customer service with compassion and hope.  Our hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, home health services, behavioral health programs, and other services are conveniently located in many Chicago and suburban neighborhoods.  

Media Contact: Margo Schafer, 847-316-4000

SOURCE Resurrection Health Care



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