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Banner - University Medical Center Tucson goes RED for Heart Month

The public is invited to wear red on Feb. 2 to raise awareness for heart disease

TUCSON (Feb. 1, 2023) – To help raise awareness heart disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S., Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is going red in February for American Heart Month. The outside of the Banner – University Medical Center Tucson campus will be decorated with red lights around the buildings, entrance and trees beginning February 1. To further raise awareness about heart health issues, Banner team members will wear red on Friday Feb. 2, National Wear Red Day.

Heart disease is known as a silent killer as it is often underdiagnosed and undertreated with only 49% of US adults aware that heart disease is the nation's most prevalent cause of death, according to an American Heart Association survey.

Last year, Banner – University Medicine was the highest fundraising company with the most walkers in the 30-year history of the Southern Arizona Heart Association Heart Walk, with over $30,000 raised and 550 registered walkers. The Southern Arizona Heart Walk will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024, and anyone can join or form a team at the following link:

“We are dedicated to raising awareness and funds to address this important health issue together with Southern Arizona Heart Association. We look forward to making an even bigger impact during this year’s Heart Walk in May,” said Sarah Frost, CEO of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South.

“We are honored to have the support of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson,” said McKensie Garza, executive director of the American Heart Association in Southern Arizona. “Helping us raise awareness about heart disease can make a difference in the well-being of people in our local community.”

About Banner - University Medical Center Tucson and South

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Diamond Children's Medical Center and many specialty clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit or

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for a century. During 2024 - our Centennial year - we celebrate our rich 100-year history and accomplishments. As we forge ahead into our second century of bold discovery and impact our vision is to advance health and hope for everyone, everywhere. Connect with us on, Facebook, X or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

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