1 November 2014
From a Pioneering Idea to a
National Center of Excellence!
An ambitious national
initiative and a comprehensive health program have been realized. One year
since its inception, the Women Heart Health Center, a unique venture in
mission, vision, service and commitment is now up and running. I am proud and
gratified to witness the progress and feel the im-pact of WHHC on awareness and
women cardiovascular health. Modern technology, carefully de-signed protocols
and engaged academic cardiologists from reputed universities are teaming
together to enhance women cardiovascular wellness. From treating disease to
emphasis on prevention, a na-tional change of culture has indeed been realized.
The Lebanese woman is now at the center of medi-cal attention and has become an
active partner and a forceful influence in the fight against heart dis-ease and
stroke. It is gratifying that the public and the medical community have
acknowledged the need for, and potential benefits of this service.
A big leap, but we aspire for
more! As the center matures in scope and function, and further to
con-solidating the services, awareness and advocacy, we are braced to enter an
exciting phase of our mis-sion focusing on research aimed at exploring the
basic factors behind the epidemic of heart disease in Lebanon. In particular,
we seek to identify the genetic, social and behavioral elements which
under-line the peculiarities of women heart disease in our country. Special
teams from the sister universities AUBMC and St Joseph’s have committed to
collaborate in order to fulfil the founding mission of the center.
I wish to express my sincere
appreciation and utmost admiration for First Lady Wafa Suleiman for
spearheading and leading the initiative and for being the custodian of this
endeavor. My gratitude goes to President Michel Suleiman for the wise guidance
and support. I am indebted to the members of the board and all the friends who
donated generously in order to help realizing the dream. I salute our academic
leaders, administrators and physician colleagues and workers who with
determination and unwavering fortitude have been able to overcome formidable
obstacles on the way. They truly have scored an impeccable medical achievement.
I sincerely hope that ministers and public leaders get on board along with
health care corporate executives in embracing and backing this amicable public
task. At the end, this effort goes to serve our mothers, sisters and special
women in our lives and society.
All my best wishes
Samir Alam MD FACC
Professor of Medicine, American
University of Beirut
Member of the Board
of Trustees and of Directors, WHHC