Women's Wellness Board announces keynote speakers for Healthy Heart. Healthy You. event

Angela Simmons
Angela Simmons

The Healthy Heart. Healthy You. Luncheon is set for February 22 at the El Dorado Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hosted by the South Arkansas Regional Hospital (SARH) Women's Wellness Board, the luncheon will feature Barry Dobson and Angela Simmons as keynote speakers. The annual event emphasizes the urgent need for personal health awareness and prevention, and bridges that gap with education and inspiration. SARH and the Women's Wellness Board encourages every person in Union County to have a positive relationship with their primary care physician. Heart disease can be prevented in most cases.

Barry Dobson's compelling journey with heart disease began when he overcame a life-threatening heart attack two years ago. Today, Rev. Dobson continues to advocate for proactive heart disease prevention by encouraging everyone to take an active role in their personal health team with their doctor and their specialist.

"My mindset was to provide health education for my family and for our church members. I didn't consider it for myself. I didn't think I was invincible, but a heart attack never crossed my mind." Rev. Dobson believes learning heart disease prevention life-skills is as vital as taking an active role in your personal health team with your doctor and your specialist.

Angela Simmons, APRN, FNP-BC, shares her passion for cardiology rooted in personal family experiences with heart disease. With over two decades of cardiology experience, she is devoted to informing others about the signs and symptoms of heart conditions. "My passion for Cardiology began at an early age," says Simmons.

"My uncle died at age 40 of a heart attack. Another uncle died at age 50. My father underwent open heart surgery and valve replacement at age 57. He has had multiple stents and redo bypass, pacemaker at age 75. On Christmas Eve, my 49-year-old husband had to have a stent placed. Most recently, my mother survived a heart attack at the hospital here in El Dorado."

Rev. Dobson is the Senior Pastor at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church and SARH Chaplain Coordinator and serves on the SARH Ethics Committee. Rev. Dobson has been a pastor for over 35 years and served as the president of the Baptist Ministerial Alliance. He also has served on many boards including: El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Leadership El Dorado, Leadership Arkansas, the South Arkansas Historical Society, Arkansas Black History Commission and the Daisy Bates Commission.

Angela Simmons, APRN, FP-BC, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital El Dorado Clinic, specializes in heart related diseases.

Simmons is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. She attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1993. She has an extensive cardiology background of 20 plus years. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 2006.

She is founder of South Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association and a charter member and co-founder of Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association where she is Past President for Arkansas. She is currently chair of Nurse Practitioner Business Owners of ANPA. She is a member of American College of Cardiology, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

"One thing I always tell my patients is they know their body better than I do, they know when something is not right," said Simmons. "That is when I ask them to actively seek medical attention. It reminds me of Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding."

Women's Wellness Board members include Koko Donahue, Sandy Gross, Karen Fabre-Bryant, Jaquita Jackson, Judy Fussell, Vicki Lambert, Sharon Peterson, Ashley Nale, Melissa Pauley, and Blaklee Ramsey.

The Health Fair and Silent Auction begins at 11 a.m. and the luncheon program begins at noon. Ticket or sponsorship reservations can be made by texting 870-312-3127 or by email at [email protected]. More information is available at Facebook/HealthyWoman.

photo Rev. Barry Dobson

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