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3/31/10news article

American Heart Association honors Arthur Pickoff, MD

Arthur Pickoff, MD of Dayton Children’s Cardiology and Wright State University was honored with a “Community at Heart” award at the 15th annual Heart Gala, held on Saturday, March 13, at the Sinclair Ponitz Center in Dayton.

Dr. Arthur Pickoff has been a pediatric cardiologist at Dayton Children’s Cardiology since 1999.  Currently, he is the chair and professor of the Pediatrics and Community Health departments at the Wright State University School of Medicine.  He is also a board member of the Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association and founding member of the new Heart Society.  Dr. Pickoff was a recipient of the AHA’s Distinguished Service Award, immediate past-president of the Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association, and a research grant reviewer for the Southern and Great River Affiliates. 

The “Community at Heart“ award recognizes a corporate leader, individual, organization or survivor from the greater Dayton area whose efforts, commitment and community leadership have made a significant contribution to the American Heart Association’s mission to build stronger lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Award recipients should have made a significant contribution to the overall mission of the American Heart Association, have a history of community leadership and involvement in the Greater Dayton area, have a history of contributing time, resources and/or effort to the Miami Valley Division of the American Heart Association and represent the core values of the American Heart Association.

“Dr. Pickoff was chosen because of his dedication to the mission to build stronger lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and his commitment to the core values of the American Heart Association,” said Sybil Martin, gala director for the American Heart Association, Miami Valley Division, “He has been an active volunteer and member of the community since his arrival in Dayton.”

The 2010 American Heart Association gala, “Young at Heart,” hosted nearly 300 guests and raised more than $186,000 to support education, medical research and lifesaving education programs in our area.

About the American Heart Association
Since 1924, the American Heart Association has helped protect people of all ages and ethnicities from the ravages of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, claim more than 870,000 American lives a year. Through events and programs, the association raises money to fund research, professional and public education, and advocacy so people across America can live stronger, longer lives.

The American Heart Association currently has four initiatives designed to help specific groups of Americans. Go Red For Women focuses on cardiovascular disease in women. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation combats childhood obesity. Power To End Stroke speaks to the African American community about its disproportionately high risk. And Start! works to help adults get more physical activity into their daily lives.

For more information, contact: 
Marketing Communications Department 
Dayton Children's 
Phone: 937-641-3666

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