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  2003 June 1 Release.
  For Immediate Release.
  Contact: Rich Belanger 212-675-2658
  Bonnie Arkus 609-771-9600

Plans Luncheon For New Jersey Nurse Executives As First Step Towards Women’s Heart Week 2004

West Trenton, New Jersey, June 3, 2003— The Women’s Heart Foundation said today that it believes New Jersey can become a national model in the fight against women’s heart disease, and it says nurses are the key to making that happen.

On Friday, June 27, 2003 from 11:30 A.M. until 3:30 P.M. at the Somerset Marriott Hotel in Somerset, the Foundation will sponsor a Nurse Executive Luncheon, the first in a series of luncheons for nurses and health advocates that are being planned for this year to prepare for Women's Heart Week 2004, the organization’s national education initiative to fight heart disease in women.

The luncheon is being organized with the support of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton and the New Jersey Organization of Nurse Executives/NJ.

“Nurses recognize the need for gender-based programs and the Nurse Executive Luncheon is a way to empower health systems across the state with a singular message,” shares Bonnie Hartman Arkus, the Foundation’s executive director and founder. “The Women’s Heart Foundation has been so successful at working with outstanding medical institutions in this state for ten years now that I believe we have the dedicated resources and interest among the nurse community to make this happen and send a message to the rest of the country,” said Arkus.

The luncheon will feature Susan Keane Baker, author of Managing Patient Expectations Creating a Culture of Service Excellence, a seminar for leaders of healthcare organizations. Baker is an expert in service quality, risk management and patient relations. She speaks to more than 100 groups per year, and consistently receives high marks for her energetic delivery, practical advice and professionalism.

Additionally, the lunch will feature Marianne Balay, MS, and RN, who is the Director of Women’s Heath Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Ms. Balay’s presentation centers on what women want specifically in patient care. Kathleen B. Williamson, MS, RNC, of Capitol Health System in Trenton will present on topics of gender-friendly cardiac rehabilitation.

The Women’s Heart Foundation is a public-supported charity dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for women with heart disease.

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