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Always up to a challenge, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake has one goal this month: to make Southlake the reddest city in Tarrant County as part of the “Paint the Town Red” contest sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) in honor of February being National Heart Month and its annual Go Red for Women campaign.

According to Amanda Haggerty, marketing director for AHA Tarrant County, more than 150 businesses, restaurants and stores are participating in the contest that is intended to raise awareness for heart disease by having employees wear red, decorating store fronts/offices and other initiatives. Winners will be selected in two categories: award for region in Tarrant County with the most participation and an award for most creative red.

To do its part, Texas Health Southlake is going red inside and outside. Red pansies have been planted in the flower beds at the hospital and staff members are wearing red scrubs or red commemorative shirts throughout the month. A staff bake sale benefitting AHA will be held February 28, as well as a fundraising lunch February 21.

But what will truly have everyone “seeing red” at the hospital is the window decorating competition in the lobby and ER main entrance. Each department in the hospital is charged with decorating a window with images and messages that raise awareness about heart disease. Ballots are available for staff, patients and visitors to vote for the best window crayon design, and the winning department will be named at the end of the month.

To make this a community event, Texas Health Southlake is partnering with the AHA, City of Southlake, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Carroll ISD, and other organizations to host a city-wide CPR training class and health fair February 15. Called Staying Alive Southlake, Texas Health Southlake will have staff members teaching the CPR classes and working other areas of the event.

 “While we love a good competition, we feel more strongly about getting the word out to prevent heart disease in any way we can get people’s attention. Our staff is very engaged and jumped at the opportunity to help people and have fun at the same time,” said Traci Bernard, RN, president of Texas Health Southlake, noting this month also kicks-off the hospital’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Texas Health Southlake is part of the Texas Health Resources system which is a sponsor of the AHA’s Go Red for Women campaign. For more information about Texas Health Southlake, visit www.texashealthsouthlake.com. 

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