Elkhart, Ind. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, and the Elkhart General Hospital Foundation is helping to change that.
Hospital employees unveiled some of their 21 painted heart sculptures as part of their Have a Heart Fundraiser.
The statues will be on display in Downtown Elkhart until they are auctioned off at the Lerner Theatre's Valentine's Day Gala. The goal is to raise $250,000.
That money will go to help expand the Heart Failure Program and Heart Reach Michiana, which donates defibrillators to area businesses. The hearts also remind the community that Elkhart General is ranked number one in the state for cardiac care.
Some of the hospital staff even took their hand at decorating the hearts.
“I hope they are reminded how important the heart is,” says Katrina Hoover a nurse at Elkhart General Hospital. “As far as their diet, keeping their heart healthy, exercising, I just hope it's a reminder to them if you don't have your heart you don't have anything.
“We are going to use it to try and develop our left ventricular assist device,” Greg Losasso the president of Elkhart General Hospital. “So it's an implant program for people with heart failure that currently need to be served outside the community. We provide heart care for them, but we would like to consider in the future doing implants here.
If you are interested in painting a smaller heart they are looking for artists or aspiring artists to decorate some of the 25 available table top sculptures. These hearts will be displayed in businesses and auctioned off.