|Employees see (and wear) red at Bassett
Cooperstown, N.Y. – It is not often you see the cupola atop The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital bathed in red. In fact, it happens only once a year, on National Wear Red Day, when organizations around the country encourage the wearing of red to promote awareness of heart disease prevention among women.
It’s all part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, and Bassett Healthcare has staged a Go Red event every year for the past five years to encourage Bassett employees to take care of their own health.
Bassett Healthcare employees, dressed in red, participate in a Go Red for women event Friday, February 6 designed to promote heart healthier lifestyles and prevent heart disease. (Photo submitted)
“Our employees work very hard taking care of patients, but we also want to remind them to remember to care for their own health,” said Chief Operating Officer Bertine McKenna, Ph.D., who launched Bassett’s participation in the Go Red movement in 2004.
“Heart disease is not just a man’s disease,” continued McKenna. “The American Heart Association tells us twice as many women in this country die from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases as from all forms of cancer. In addition, many women die because they don’t seek help soon enough. So the message to our employees is be aware and do what you can to lower your risk of heart disease by living healthy.”
Chief Executive Officer Dr. William F. Streck concluded each program by thanking employees for all the work they do for Bassett and asking them to, in the midst of all they do for others, take care of themselves.
National Wear Red day was Friday, Feb. 6. Bassett and the Otesaga Resort Hotel lighted their cupolas in red. Bassett also held a Go Red program at various times throughout the day that over 300 employees dressed in red attended. The theme was “Yes, You Can” live healthier lifestyles.
Paula Moshier, R.N. and manager in cardiology, and Maryellen Wrubleski, nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery, gave a presentation on evidence-based findings around what stress does to the body and how simple activities like yoga, dance, laughter, even spending time with a pet can lower blood pressure, help us relax and be more physically fit. Interactive portions of the program included yoga and dance exercises, and one of Bassett’s pet therapy dogs paid a visit to the Go Red event.
In addition to the formal program that was staged three times during the day for the convenience of employees, Yogi Siromani Marybeth Rubenstein offered yoga classes and Robert Fiorentino of Leatherstocking Massage offered chair massage to employees.
Employees came away from the event saying they found it “inspiring” and that “it was a nice reminder to think about myself”.