Date: 1/15/2010

St. Mary Medical Center provides Valentine Gift Opportunity that tugs on Heart Strings

This Valentine‚Äôs Day, St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart has the perfect way to show someone special how much you care. For each donation made toward cardiovascular research, crimson lights on the Hearts of Hope trees outside St. Mary Medical Center will cast a rosy glow during the month of February — National Heart Health month — as a tribute to those who are dear to us.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Hearts of Hope trees located at St. Mary Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., will be decorated with lights that represent contributions made in honor of or in memory of someone who has filled our hearts with love and joy. A light may be reserved in the name of a loved one for $5 each. Monies raised through donations will fund vitally needed research for heart disease.

Donors and honorees are invited to the Hearts of Hope tree lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the patient tower entrance (west side of the building near Ash Street). A brief, indoor ceremony will mark the occasion with remarks by Zlatan Stepanovic, M.D., cardiologist, music and light refreshments.

To participate in the program, Hearts of Hope donation forms are available by calling the hospital at 219-947-6041; or print a form from the website by visiting and clicking on St. Mary Medical Center: Ways to Give: Cardiovascular Research.

The Cardiovascular Research program at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System works to improve the heart health of the community through education and the advancement of knowledge from clinical trials and studies. Building upon Community Healthcare System’s vast experience in treating heart disease, the hospitals are working to improve local access to new treatments options available only through research. These initiatives have made it possible for the system’s hospitals to participate in national research trials directed at better detection, treatments and the prevention of heart disease.

For more information on cardiovascular research being conducted at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System: St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, Community Hospital in Munster or St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, log onto