May represents the last month I’ll be serving as the MAA Board President. I am truly honored to have served with an amazing group of fellow Board members. I also got to work with some of the very best AHA staff in the country. These individuals bring so much skill, energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to our mission, and together, we have accomplished amazing things over the past year. Here are just a few of the MAA highlights from the past year:
- five state laws supporting important health issues such as high school CPR training requirements; a mandate for pulse oximetry screening of newborns to diagnose congenital heart disease; and adding another Primary Stroke Center Designation to our region have become reality,
- 320 MAA hospitals have received Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program awards for outstanding quality of care,
- more than 1.2 million people have been trained in the life-saving skill of CPR,
- more than 1,200 patients with high blood pressure have been identified and educated, and
- $7.6 million in grants were awarded to support important scientific research in the MAA.
Together, our work has taken us a long way closer to our 2020 goal of improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%.
Finally, I’d like to introduce Wayne D. Rosamond, my successor as MAA Board President. Dr. Rosamond is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. While it can be difficult for someone from Duke to compliment a basketball rival Tarheel, I have known Wayne for more than a decade, and I can fully attest to his talents and commitment to the AHA. Wayne is highly accomplished and respected scientist, a true leader and just one of the nicest people you’ll meet. And as past president, I pledge to remain highly committed to the Board and the MAA in the year to come!
Thanks to all for the support! Sincerely,
Eric Peterson, MD, MPH
President, Board of Directors, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate