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Red Dress Parade Increases Heart Awareness

February is American Heart Month. It’s a time for millions to come together for a common goal: the eradication of heart disease and stroke.

Throughout the OSF HealthCare Ministry, a variety of event are helping to increase awareness about the importance of paying attention to the heart. OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria Illinois, marks the month with the annual Red Dress Parade, an employee-driven display to call attention to heart disease in women.

Each year, different departments create red dresses which are on display in the main lobby of the hospital to serve as a reminder that heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. At least 48 percent of all adults in the United States have some form of cardiovascular disease.

According to researchers, approximately 80% percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as not smoking, eating a healthy diet, being physically  activie, and maintaining a healthy weight.


OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare employs more than 23,600 Mission Partners in 147 locations, including 14 hospitals – nine acute care, four critical access – with 2,097 licensed beds, and two colleges of nursing throughout Illinois and Michigan. The OSF HealthCare physician network employs more than 1,500 primary care, specialist and advanced practice providers. OSF HealthCare, through OSF Home Care Services, operates an extensive network of home health and hospice services. It also owns Pointcore, Inc., comprised of health care-related businesses; OSF HealthCare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for the organization; and OSF Ventures, which provides investment capital for promising health care innovation startups. More at