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Memorial Hospital Kicks-Off the American Heart Association Start! Walking Program

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2009

GULFPORT—For the third year, Memorial is sponsoring the American Heart Association (AHA) Start! Walking program to encourage local employers and workers to begin walking.

Gary Marchand, Memorial President/CEO; IP Casino Resort and Spa General Manager Jon Lucas, serving as 2009 HeartWalk Chairman; Ricky Mathews, President and Publisher, Sun Herald; Dave Vincent, News Director, WLOX-TV; Richard Mueller, III, Domino’s Pizza and Carl Chaney, President and CEO, Hancock Bank together kicked-off START! with a brisk walk on the treadmills in the Memorial Fitness Center.

Gary Marchand, who will serve as the 2010 HeartWalk Chairman, led Memorial staff in a short walk around the hospital. Walkers then gathered in the Memorial Medical Office Building Atrium for healthy snacks following the walk.

This year, IP Casino Resort and Spa and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company join Memorial as local START! Cause Sponsors.

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