2016 Guilford Heart Ball raises nearly $230,000 for heart disease and stroke research & prevention education

Dr. Daniel Bensimhon & Dr. Peter Van Trigt receive the LeBauer Visionary Award

"Over 300 community and business leaders attended the American Heart Association’s 2016 Guilford Heart Ball on Saturday evening, raising nearly $230,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. This black-tie affair included a silent auction, gourmet dinner, live auction, DJ and dancing.
Courtesy of Crumley Roberts Attorneys at Law, the American Heart Association’s Guilford County Life is Why Sponsor, nearly 100 new sports balls were donated and then presented at the 2016 Guilford Heart Ball with the “Bring a Ball to the Ball” program. Kimberly Roberts, Vice President of Cultural Development and Wellness at Crumley Roberts, presented the balls at the Guilford Heart Ball that will be donated to schools throughout Greater Guilford County to help children get active in order to live more heart-healthy lives.
"Crumley Roberts and The Crumley Roberts Kids Zone© remain committed to the safety and wellness of children in the communities we serve and beyond.  The ‘Bring a Ball to the Ball’ event helps provide some of the tools children need to remain active and healthy.  We are very grateful to the American Heart Association for its continuing efforts to help individuals of all ages live longer and healthier lives,” says Roberts.
Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and the AHA recognized Dr. Daniel Bensimhon and Dr. Peter Van Trigt as the winners of the 2nd Annual LeBauer Visionary Award at the 2016 Guilford Heart Ball.
“It was an honor to accept the 2016 LeBauer Visionary Award on behalf of the entire ventricular assist device (VAD) team at Cone Health. Vision requires both imagination and knowledge; it was not difficult to imagine beginning a successful VAD program at Cone Health with all of the exceptionally trained, committed medical personnel we have in our Heart Center,” shares Dr. Van Trigt. “The VAD program has been successful because we started the program for the right reason–patient centered care for those heart failure patients without other options. We also used a team approach from the very beginning, which I firmly believe improves outcomes.”
“Receiving an award like this from colleagues who are providing the highest quality cardiac care on a daily basis at Cone is a very humbling experience,” says Dr. Bensimhon. “But to be able to share the award with a surgeon of Dr. Van Trigt's caliber and vision has made it one of the most special moments of my career and makes me want to work even harder to push the window of cardiac care for our community.”
Cone Health and the AHA established the LeBauer Visionary Award last year, recognizing those individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving the cardiovascular health of our community and region, through exceptional patient care, innovative research and treatments, and active participation and contributions toward community health care causes. 
Nominations were made by the Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center physicians and clinical leadership.  A panel of heart and vascular experts, Cone Health leadership, and AHA leadership and volunteers reviewed the nominations and selected the finalists. 
Dr. Daniel R. Bensimhon is a cardiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare, and Dr. Peter Van Trigt is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon for Cone Health Medical Group – Triad Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons. Together, Bensimhon and Van Trigt were recognized for revolutionizing care in Greensboro by developing an innovative, top performing and lifesaving left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program.
Dr. James Allred and Dr. Clarence Owen were also honored as finalists for the 2016 LeBauer Visionary Award. Dr. James Allred is an electrophysiologist at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare who was recognized for his innovative work with leadless pacing technology.
Dr. Clarence Owen is a cardiothoracic surgeon for Cone Health Medical Group – Triad Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons who was recognized for his groundbreaking work with mitral valve repair and being pivotal in the development of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) Program.
The award is named in honor of Sidney LeBauer, the first AHA Heart Gala Community Chair, and Joseph LeBauer, one of the founding cardiologists of what is now Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare, a team of over 30 cardiologists serving the Triad region.
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of both men and women in the United States. Diseases of the Heart are the 2nd leading causes of death and stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in Guilford County. However, 80% of heart disease and stroke-related illnesses are preventable with managed risk factors and heart-healthy lifestyle changes.

Attached Photo Details: Photos Courtesy of Aesthetic Images Photography

AT LEFT - Chris & Kimberly Roberts during the silent auction.

AT RIGHT - Roy Carroll, Vanessa Carroll, Jenni Newkirk & Ryan Newkirk.

AT LEFT - Lee Schloss Lifestyle Change Champion – highlighted during the night.

AT RIGHT - Ruth Heyd & Kimberly Roberts Bring a Ball to the Ball – presentation with Crumley Roberts during the program.

      AT LEFTRon Black  - Co-chair.

AT RIGHT - Ryan Newkirk, LeKeshia Franklin, Dr. Bensimhon & Dr. Van Trigt – Receiving 2016 LeBauer Visionary Award.

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