Shelby's Social Diary
It's red over pink, roses over ribbons for Texas Heart Institute's new women'scenter
It seems that a mere press announcement on the steps of City Hall and the planting of symbolic roses wasn't quite enough of an official launch for the Texas Heart Institute's new Center for Women's Heart and Vascular Health. Two days after Mayor Annise Parker congratulated THI for its vision, the announcement was celebrated with a luncheon at River Oaks Country Club.
All the key players were in attendance ranging from THI president and medical director Dr. Jim Willerson and renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley to the new center's director Dr. Stephanie Coulter and medical director for heart failure and transplant Dr. Roberta Bogaev. (In a total aside, but one that did not go unnoticed, both Coulter and Bogaev are exceptionally attractive, undermining any preconceived notions that brains and beauty can't co-exist.)
The medical entourage had been at City Hall earlier when 41 rose bushes, symbolizing the 41 million women in America who suffer from heart disease, were presented to the city by Cooley, THI founder. Look for the roses to bloom at City Hall in the spring.
Barbara Hurwitz, THI board member, headed the luncheon that included a testimonial from successful businesswoman Edna Meyer-Nelson and remarks from Coulter, Willerson and Bogaev on women's heart health. The salient point of the luncheon was that women are five times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Few if any in the audience on this day in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink. There was, however, plenty of red, the American Heart Association color representing women's heart health.
Among those applauding the effort were THI CEO Marc Mattsson, THI board member Elyse Lanier, former Mayor Bob Lanier, State Rep. Ellen Cohen (wearing a bright red pantsuit), Lindsay Holstead, Martha Long, Kelli Kickerillo, Mary Kickerillo, MaryLynn and Steve Marks, Carol and Mike Linn, Susan Bischoff, June and Virgil Waggoner, Marcia Strauss and Judy Margolis.