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Baptist Union County hosts free luncheon in conjunction with Heart Month

This is the front of the 153-bed Baptist Union County hospital as it appears today.


NEW ALBANY, MISS. – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County will host a free luncheon, open to the public, which aims to raise awareness of heart disease, especially how to recognize and respond to heart attack symptoms.

The luncheon will take place on Monday, Feb. 6 at noon in the Fellowship Hall at Hillcrest Baptist Church, which is located at 216 Highway 15 South. Cardiologist Dr. Darrell Sneed of the Stern Cardiovascular Foundation is the featured speaker. Although the luncheon and program are free, pre-registration is required.

Those interested in attending may reserve a space by calling 662-538-2613.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, cardiovascular disease, which also includes stroke, is the leading cause of death in Mississippi, accounting for more than a third of all deaths in the state. Mississippi’s cardiovascular disease mortality rate remains the highest in the nation.

Heart disease is also the leading cause of death nationwide, accounting for one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Baptist Union County wants to serve as a resource for helping improve the overall health of this community,” said Walter Grace, CEO and administrator of the hospital.

Baptist Union County, the recipient of many awards and accolades, was most recently recognized by Premier as one of only three hospitals in the nation that achieved top performance in all seven of the areas measured in Premier’s Quest collaborative. The hospital was awarded the Outstanding Patient Experience Award by Healthgrades and was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, in 2012 and 2013. Baptist Union County offers a variety of health care services, including adult and pediatric inpatient services, labor and delivery, outpatient and laser surgery and a 24-hour,  renovated emergency room. The hospital also offers telemedicine and imaging and laboratory services, including an American College of Radiology-accredited MRI machine.

For more information about Baptist Union County, please call 662-538-7631 or visit

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