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Press Room

Hughes named a "Heart Champion" by American Heart Association

02.02.2011
Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, Phone: (330) 375-4930

Contact: Jennifer Farquhar, Phone: (330) 375-4930, Email: farquharj@summahealth.org

AKRON, Ohio, Feb. 7, 2011 – Suzanne Hughes, RN, MSN, of Summa Health System, has been a nurse for 37 years and, in one way or another, always had a heart for cardiology. Her lifelong work in the field will be recognized at the 2011 American Heart Association Heart Ball when Hughes and two other deserving leaders are named “Heart Champions” for their roles in the advancement of research and medicine where cardiovascular events and strokes are concerned. The event is Feb. 12 at Quaker Station in Akron.

“Suzy’s outstanding commitment to educating the public about heart disease prevention has had a lasting impact on our community,” said Alice Luse, regional director for the American Heart Association in Akron, Canton and Youngstown.

Hughes is presently the director of population health at Summa Health System where she works to improve the health of Summa patients with chronic disease, including heart disease, through patient education, evidence-based practice and coordinated disease management strategies.

Hughes is frequently an invited lecturer delivering cardiovascular health and risk reduction messages through the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, national nursing groups, colleges and universities and other hospitals. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 academic articles and book chapters on issues related to cardiac health, patient education and cardiac nursing and has been involved in research in the academic and corporate arenas.

Hughes holds several editorial positions, including having served on the editorial board of “Health for Women,” magazine, “CardioSmart,” the patient education Website of the American College of Cardiology and “Cardiosource,” the online journal of the American College of Cardiology. She co-authors “Progress in Prevention,” a regular feature in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

Hughes holds nursing degrees from Youngstown State University and The University of Akron as well as a Master of Science in nursing from Kent State University.

She is a certified cardiac/vascular nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has previously held a number of leadership roles in the Akron Metro chapter of the American Heart Association including president of the Board of Trustees. She is a long-time board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and also serves as the national chair of nursing education for the American College of Cardiology.

Hughes lives in Hudson with her husband, Jim. They have three adult children.

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org.

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