Thursday, April 9, 2009

How Can Golf Save Lives? Play the Associates with Heart Tournament

Grab your golf clubs and help us provide technology that can potentially save lives.

Martin Memorial will host the third-annual Associates with Heart Golf and Dinner Gala on Saturday, April 18 at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart.

Golf begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., with the dinner gala kicking off at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a golf ball drop, music, silent auction, raffle prizes and more. The price for golf and dinner is $100 for associates, $125 for golfers not employed by the health system. Non-golfers can still participate by attending the dinner gala. Tickets for the dinner gala alone are available for $50 for associates, $75 for non-associates.

“There are nearly 2,900 Martin Memorial associates who live and work in Martin and St. Lucie counties, so we know how important it is to ensure the health system has access to sophisticated technologies,” said Kim Brisky, event co-chair. “Every day, our associates see first hand the difference it can make.”

Proceeds from the event go toward the purchase of the Arctic Sun Temperature Management Systems for the Martin Memorial Medical Center and Martin Memorial Hospital South emergency departments. Patient temperature control/hypothermia therapy is a promising new treatment for limiting neurological damage in a wide range of critically ill patients by lowering their body temperature.

The treatment is becoming the standard of care in many hospitals throughout the United States and utilization of these vests could be beneficial to patient outcomes in Martin Memorial’s emergency departments.

“This new technology could make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients who come to our emergency departments,” said Diana Nolan, event co-chair. “The Associates with Heart event is a great opportunity to help the community while having an enjoyable day of golf, food and fun.”

For more information, or to register for the tournament, please call (772) 223-2885.

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