Buchanan, a nurse educator who teaches cardiac classes for hospital staff and patients, will serve as one of the American Heart Association’s “Real Women” – a group of 11 women selected to share their stories to inspire others as part of its 2017 Go Red For Women campaign. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Go Red for Women is a cause that is close to Buchanan’s heart as she herself is a heart disease survivor, having undergone open-heart surgery in 2012. As member of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Real Women, she joins survivors who actively, urgently and passionately participate to raise awareness of the issues connecting women, heart diseases, and stroke.
Buchanan, a U.S. Army Veteran, was nominated by her colleagues as a part of her hospital’s Office of Women’s Health Services annual Go Red challenge.
The Dorn VAMC is a level-1C teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, cardiology, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care.
About the author: Jennifer Scales is a public affairs officer at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina.