American Heart Association Announces 2013 Hampton Roads Heart Walk Chair

John Barrett, Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, has been named chair of the American Heart Association’s 2013 Hampton Roads Heart Walks.

As a key member of the Executive Leadership of Bon Secours Virginia Health System, he is responsible for day-to-day operations of DePaul Medical Center ensuring the success of short term and long term clinical, employee, operational, financial, community, and strategic initiatives and outcome metrics. Before joining Bon Secours, John Barrett was EVP/COO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) in Boone, North Carolina, a position he had held since August, 2005. Prior to joining ARHS, John served as the CEO of Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, Virginia.

“I am honored to be leading the people of the Hampton Roads toward healthier lifestyles.” says Barrett. “We can all to live longer, healthier lives through exercise, diet, education and awareness.” Barrett, who incorporates a healthy diet and exercise into his everyday life, is a living testament to the mission of the American Heart Association.

The Hampton Roads Heart Walk is an opportunity for people to initiate changes in their health through walking, while raising funds to help prevent heart disease and stroke – America’s number 1 and 4 killers. The annual event is a non-competitive, three-mile walk in which teams are created by employees from local companies on both the Southside and Peninsula, along with friends and family members of all ages.

This year, more than 5,000 walkers in Hampton Roads raised close to $600,000 in the South Hampton Roads and Peninsula Heart Walks.

For more information or to register, log on to or call the American Heart Association at (757) 628-2610.

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