2017 Guilford Heart Ball raises nearly $100,000 for heart disease and stroke research & prevention education

Dr. Mike Cooper & Dr. Clarence Owen receive the 2017 LeBauer Visionary Award

Live Auction Winners Celebrate

Live Auction Winners Celebrate.

       January 26, 2017 – Nearly 200 community and business leaders attended the American Heart Association’s 2017 Guilford Heart Ball on Saturday evening, raising nearly $100,000 net for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. This total included an incredible Open Your Heart moment, with Heart Ball guests raising nearly $40,000 through strictly philanthropic gifts after meeting an inspirational little boy and his family from our community. Lucas Alcacio is two years old and was born with Truncus Arterosis, a congenital heart disease. He has undergone two open heart surgeries and numerous procedures. He still has one more surgery that will take place in the next six months. With his mom, Jamie, his father, Juan, and his big brother, Giovanni, Lucas and his family received a standing ovation. The event also included a silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction, DJ and dancing.

Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association recognized Dr. Mike Cooper and Dr. Clarence Owen as the winners of the 3rd Annual LeBauer Visionary Award at the 2017 Guilford Heart Ball. Recognized as Co-Directors of the Structural Heart Program at Cone Health’s Heart and Vascular Center, Drs. Cooper and Owen have worked together for years to bring a team approach to patient-centered care. They have been instrumental in bringing new techniques and technology to the hybrid OR at Cone Health in Greensboro, working to make the best possible outcomes for patients that before had limited options. They are an example of how traditional cardiac teams can join forces to bring the best surgical options for patients with faster and better patient outcomes.

Dr. Clarence Owen, Rich Lundy and Dr. Mike Cooper

Dr. Clarence Owen, Rich Lundy and Dr. Mike Cooper (L to R): Rich Lundy, VP of Heart & Vascular.

Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the AHA established the LeBauer Visionary Award two years ago, recognizing those individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving the cardiovascular health of our community and region, through exceptional patient care, innovative research and treatments, and active participation and contributions toward community health care causes.

Nominations were made by the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center physicians and clinical leadership.  A panel of heart and vascular experts, Cone Health leadership, AHA, and volunteers reviewed the nominations and selected the finalists.

Dr. James Allred and Dr. Henry Smith were also honored as finalists for the 2017 LeBauer Visionary Award.

Lucas and Family

Lucas and Family: Giovanni, Lucas Alcacio, Jamie Taylor and Juan Alcacio.

Dr. James Allred is an electrophysiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare who was recognized for his innovative work as the Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Program. His peers applauded his strategic thinking, innovation and determination that have helped him to bring together a team focused on value-based care in assisting patients suffering with atrial fibrillation in Greensboro. Dr. Allred has been instrumental in bringing new treatments to patients in the region, including a Bluetooth-enabled pacemaker and the Watchman™ medical device used to reduce the chance of blood clots in patients unable to take blood thinners.

Dr. Henry “Hank” Smith is an interventional cardiologist and past Board Chair for Cone Health. He was nominated by his peers for being a long-standing and highly-respected member of the Greensboro medical community. Over the past 25 years, Smith’s work through the evolution of interventional cardiology- from balloon angioplasty to stents – has been transformational. His peers also recognized that beyond being an outstanding physician, he is an outstanding peer and mentor, helping new physicians become successful in their field.

The award is named in honor of Sidney LeBauer, the first AHA Heart Gala Community Chair, and Joseph LeBauer, one of the founding cardiologists of what is now Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare, a team of over 30 cardiologists serving the Triad region.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of both men and women in the United States. Diseases of the Heart are the 2nd leading causes of death and stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in Guilford County. However, 80% of heart disease and stroke-related illnesses are preventable with managed risk factors and heart-healthy lifestyle changes.