Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

June 16, 2005
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
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Deuell Receives "Heart of Honor" Award from American Heart Association- Texas Affiliate

(Austin) State Senator Robert Deuell (R- Greenville) recently received the American Heart Association's "Heart of Honor" award for contributions in reducing the death and disability of heart disease and stroke in Texas. The "Heart of Honor" is the top honor given by the American Heart Association.

Deuell said he is grateful to receive the award.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for the American Heart Association and the work the do," Deuell said. "They are tireless advocates for health and preventative care, and I look forward to working with them for many years to come."

During the 79th Legislative Session, Sen. Deuell authored landmark legislation, Senate Bill 330, aimed at enhancing the recognition, transport and coordination of stroke care in Texas. Deuell also led the passage of legislation, Senate Bill 523, developing an Emergency Medical Dispatch pilot program which involves trained 911 operators providing potentially life-saving, "pre-arrival" instructions to callers in rural areas.

"Together, these pieces of legislation substantially elevate our ability to rapidly respond to heart attacks and stroke in our state," said Jerry Anne Jurenka, AHA Affiliate Board Chair.

"We are immensely grateful that in times of limited state resources and growing health care needs, these legislators made sure that sufficient attention was given to address our state's capacity to effectively battle heart disease and stroke," said Dr. Donna Bacchi, AHA Affiliate Board President.

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in Texas. Recovery from these diseases depends on public awareness of their signs and symptoms, as well as quick recognition and treatment. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the total hospital charges associated with these two diseases amount to over $7 billion each year.

Sen. Deuell will receive his "Heart of Honor" award at ceremony to take place this summer in Senate District Two.