This month, BWH celebrated the naming of the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Center, a reinvigorated and refocused effort to reduce heart disease risk factors in women. The center builds off of the accomplishments of BWH’s existing Women’s Heart Center and Linda Joy Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Program for women and will take the program and center to the next level.
“We believe that the center will bring together fertile ground for new ideas, innovations and ultimately provide world-class care for women to improve their outcomes,” said JoAnne Foody, MD, medical director of the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center.
Thanks to the generosity of Irene Pollin, the mother of the late Linda Joy for whom the center is named,
the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Center will aim to reduce heart disease risk factors in women locally and across the county. Linda Joy was born with a severe congenital heart defect. Her first surgery at age four allowed her to live a full life until age 16, when she died after her second surgery in 1963.
Inside Bornstein Amphitheater, BWH President Betsy Nabel, MD, thanked Pollin for her dedication to empowering women to take charge and improve their heart health.
“I’m here today not just as the president of BWH but also as a cardiologist and firm advocate for women’s heart health,” Nabel said.
Fifteen years ago, Pollin, a professional social worker with a specialty in chronic illness, decided to tackle heart disease in women. It was at that time she partnered with Nabel, who was then head of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, as well as Foody.
“We had an immediate meeting of minds and hearts on this issue,” Pollin said.
In addition to celebrating the launch of the center, Nabel also presented Pollin with BWH’s Heritage Society Award for her exceptional and lasting contributions to the hospital’s mission.
The celebration concluded with the first lecture of the Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Center and Visiting Professor Lecture Series presented by Women's Heart Center and Visiting Professor Lecture Series Roger Blumenthal, MD, Kenneth J. Pollin Professor of Cardiology and director of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Blumenthal spoke about the strengths and limitations of cardiovascular risk assessment in women and men.
As part of this annual lectureship, visiting professors will share the innovative research taking place in women’s health and discuss strategies to improve outcomes for millions of women.
Pollin thanked guests for joining her for the celebration and said how emotional and exciting it was to think about all the extraordinary work being done at the center that may improve the lives of women for generations to come.