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Professor Addresses Heart Symposium

UC Riverside Faculty Member to Keynote Women’s Health Symposium

Kathleen Montgomery to Address Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Women’s Heart Symposium

(November 5, 2004)

Kathleen Montgomery

Kathleen Montgomery

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Kathleen Montgomery, associate professor of organizations and management, and chair of the faculty at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside, gave the keynote address at the Women’s Heart Symposium today at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

The symposium, titled “Take Heart — It’s All About You,” is sponsored by the International Heart Institute at the Loma Linda University Medical Center to address the topic of women and heart disease in the Inland Empire. Seven women mayors in the Inland Empire hosted the event. They are Chino’s Eunice Ulloa, Deirdre Bennett of Colton, Karen Gaio Hansberger of Loma Linda, Susan Peppler of Redlands, Grace Vargas of Rialto, Judith Valles of San Bernardino and Big Bear’s Liz Harris.

Riverside and San Bernardino counties lead the state in death rates from cardiovascular disease. Nationally, Americans suffer 1,100,000 coronary attacks each year, of which 40 percent now occur in women.

Professor Montgomery’s research straddles the management and healthcare fields. Her work looks at various aspects of the healthcare industry and her recent research examines trust and integrity among professionals with an emphasis on the healthcare context.

She recently completed a six-year tenure as an elected officer of the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management, including Division Chair in 2003. Montgomery’s research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Health Management Research, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the University of California AIDS Research Program.

“Signs and symptoms of a heart attack are often different in women than in men,” said Sally Dyer, coordinator of the lifestyle management clinic at the International Heart Institute. “Women go untreated and misdiagnosed nationally for this reason.”

Loma Linda University Medical Center has a 100-year history of providing community outreach programs with the goal of reducing death and mortality from heart disease. That is why Loma Linda has undertaken this initiative.

The symposium was by invitation only and the attendees were women executives in the Inland Empire and Palm Springs region. The goal was to enlighten decision makers regarding the number-one killer of women in the United States — cardiovascular disease. There were presentations from Vilma Torres, M.D. one of the women’s cardiologists at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and Molly McAfee, M.D. the women’s cardiothoracic surgeon.

The Inland Empire leadership is unique in that seven women mayors have enthusiastically endorsed the Women’s Heart Symposium. The audience of women mayors, female CEOs and senior-level women in corporate leadership positions will be influential in raising awareness of cardiovascular disease among the women and men working in their respective businesses, according to Dyer.

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