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Meltzer and Yancy to Lead American Heart Association in 2009-10

DALLAS, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association has announced its national officers for the 2009-10 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Neil M. Meltzer, president and chief operating officer of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and senior vice president of LifeBridge Health, also in Baltimore, is chairman. Meltzer will be responsible for the association's business affairs, public relations and fund raising, and will preside over all Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet meetings. Meltzer began volunteering for the association in 1995 and has been a member of the national Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet since 2005. He is a past member of the association's Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Board of Directors.

Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., FAHA, medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, is president. Yancy, an association volunteer for more than 15 years, will serve as chief volunteer scientific and medical officer, responsible for medical, scientific and public health matters. Yancy has been a member of the national Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet since 2005. In 2003, Yancy received the association's Physician of the Year Award.

William H. Roach Jr., a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP based in the firm's Chicago office, is secretary-treasurer. In this role, Roach will oversee the association's operational functions and revenue-generating opportunities. An association volunteer for more than 10 years, Lockwood is also chairman-elect of the association's Midwest Affiliate. He is the author of Medical Records and the Law, a leading textbook on the use of healthcare information now in its fourth edition.

Debra W. Lockwood, executive president and chief financial officer of the Provident Group in Baton Rouge, La., is chairman-elect. An association volunteer for more than 10 years, Lockwood has been a member of the national Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet since 2007 and is chair of the Corporate Operations Coordinating Council. A certified public accountant, she is a member of the Louisiana Society of CPAs and the American Society of Appraisers in Business Valuations.

Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., FAHA, chairman of neurology and Miller Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Human Genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is president-elect. An association volunteer for more than 15 years, Sacco has been a member of the national Board of Directors and Administrative Cabinet since 2005. In 2007, Sacco received the association's Chairman's Award for excellence in volunteer service that advances the association's strategic goals.

About the American Heart Association

Founded in 1924, we're the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases -- America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers -- we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

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