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Sister Judith Ann Karam, President & CEO

The President’s Perspective

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sisters of Charity Providence Hospitals

Every 60 seconds, another woman dies of heart disease.

That's an alarming statistic and one that Providence is working hard to reduce.

One way we're waging that battle is through a relentless public education and information program. We believe that's central to our mission of striving to heal all of God's people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

And when it comes to heart disease, few segments of the population are more vulnerable than women.

After all, heart disease is supposed to be "a man's disease." Yet heart disease kills more women each year than men. In South Carolina alone, more than 7,000 women will die of heart disease this year. That's more than 12 times as many as those who will die of breast cancer, which most women perceive as the number one threat to their health.

Our education and information effort's most visible symbol is the Providence Red Dress Campaign. The campaign has attracted an astonishing 1,000 volunteer "ambassadors" who have agreed to help us spread the word.

To support those women - and the women they are trying to reach - I call your attention to a message from Wendy Brawley elsewhere on this site, headlined "Give A Woman The Gift Of Life." It illustrates how you can help in the battle against heart disease among women: You can give someone you love a gift certificate for a screening at Providence Women's Heart Center, as Wendy's husband did for her.

We established the state's only women's heart center to help women assess their risk of heart disease, and we believe that a gift certificate is a tangible, meaningful way to demonstrate your love for a special woman in your life.

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