Bret Kolman, CEO

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is proud to announce its continued support of the annual American Heart Association’s Heart Walk as the Signature Heart Walk Sponsor. This year, Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional Chief Executive Officer, is serving as Chairman of the event, which will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Fontainebleau State Park beginning at 9AM. In addition to the event sponsorship, Lakeview Regional has 20 individual teams participating in this year’s event. Anyone is welcome to join a Lakeview Regional “team” by visiting the LRMC page.

Lakeview Regional is also committed to a healthier work environment and its Walking Path, located on the hospital campus, has been selected as the first American Heart Association officially designated Walking Path on the Northshore. The Walking Path was introduced in 2009 as part of the American Heart Association’s national initiative that calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthier lives through walking. The Walking Path measures 3 tenths of a mile long and is available for use by Lakeview employees and all members of the community.  “It is always our mission to encourage our patients and our employees to stay healthy,” states Kolman. “By providing the Walking Path right here on our campus it becomes so much easier to incorporate good health habits into our daily lives.”  The American Heart Association recommends dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to walking.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every 20 seconds an American has a heart attack; every 34 seconds an American dies from heart disease

American Heart Association research has shown that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels; help maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity; reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and Type 2 diabetes; and enhance mental well-being.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center’s highly trained team of physicians, nurses and technicians provides 24-hour cardiac emergency services using the latest lifesaving technologies, including the 64-Slice Cardiac CT Scan and the Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed Cardiac MRI system. Lakeview Regional has earned the Gold Fit Friendly Award recognized by American Heart Association, and the Heart Center’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), recognizing the program as a leader in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because it offers the most advanced practices available.