Mercy Patient Story
Western New Yorkers are now able to get Heart Smart for Life thanks to a generous $165,770 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation (AHF) to combat heart disease in one of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is one of only ten nonprofit organizations across the country to receive this funding as part of AHF’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.
The Heart Smart for Life program is based out of the Mercy Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC) located on Louisiana Street in the city’s “Old First Ward.” It is a collaborative initiative aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations – those people who otherwise might fall through the cracks – have access to nutrition education, free health screenings, wellness programs, and other resources focused on preventing heart disease.
The program offers participants educational sessions on healthy eating, exercise, and behavioral health issues. The program is free and open to the community and participants do not need to be current MCCC patients. For more info, call 716-923-6152.