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Date:4/30/2008

DALLAS, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association recognized several distinguished volunteers and an employee on April 28 during its 2008 "You're The Cure on the Hill Awards Luncheon" and "Gold Heart Awards Banquet" in Washington, D.C.

The association presented its Gold Heart Award to Coletta C. Barrett, R.N., M.H.A., Vincent J. Bufalino, M.D., Augustus O. Grant, M.D., Ph.D., and Reginald L. Washington, M.D. The award is the organization's highest volunteer honor, recognizing distinguished service in advancing the objectives of the association on a national level. Barrett, the association's chairman of the board in 2003-04, is Vice President of Mission of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La. Bufalino, a past member of the association's Board of Directors, is president and CEO of Midwest Heart Specialists in Naperville, Ill. Grant, the association's president in 2003-04, is professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Washington, chief medical officer at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, Colo., is a past president of the association's former Colorado Affiliate.

Herman A. Taylor Jr., M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and Shirley Professor for the Study of Health Disparities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, received the Physician of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions toward advancing the association's mission.

Kathleen Berra, M.S.N., A.N.P., clinical director of the Stanford Heart Network at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., received the association's Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to or achievements in cardiovascular disease/stroke patient care or improvements in the quality of healthcare delivery.

Joseph T. Debbs Sr., an independent consultant for J. Taylor Associates in Elk Grove, Calif., received the association's Louis B. Ru
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