Tampa, Florida –  Ravi Chari, MD, President of HCA Healthcare West Florida Division, is chairing the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2021 Tampa Bay Heart Walk campaign as teams across the bay are lacing up their shoes after months of preparation for the 2021 events on Saturday, November 20. The year-round initiative inspires companies and communities to rally around healthy living to combat cardiovascular diseases, the number one cause of death in Tampa Bay.

“I am honored to be part of one of the most visible community health celebrations in Tampa Bay,” explains Dr. Chari. “While the past year has been challenging for everyone, it has also put the spotlight on the importance of making informed decisions protecting our personal health and the health of our loved ones and the communities we are privileged to live in and serve.”

The Heart Walk campaign will culminate on November 20th with pop up locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. The pop-ups make the Heart Walk safe and more accessible for community members by bringing it close to their homes. Community members are also encouraged to walk wherever they are on November 20th, an effort to join forces in celebrating health and wellness together on one day. 

In addition to serving as Chair of the 2021 Tampa Bay Heart Walk, Dr. Chari is responsible for HCA Healthcare facilities along Florida’s west coast which include more than 22,000 caregivers in 15 hospitals, 13 surgery centers, 27 emergency department locations and more than 60 employed physician practices.  He serves on a number of community boards and projects and has been instrumental in working with health systems across the area to share best practices and resources throughout the pandemic.  

Prior to arriving in Tampa Bay, Dr. Chari was the Senior Vice President, Clinical Excellence for HCA Healthcare and led the company’s Physician Leadership Academy, which focused on developing future physician executive leaders.  Before this, he served in a number of corporate, division and hospital leadership positions following a career as a transplant surgeon and Professor and Chief of the Division of Liver Surgery and Transplantation at Vanderbilt University.  He was an officer of the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships and has authored or coauthored more than 100 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and 30 chapters in textbooks and has been a member of six editorial boards, including Cancer and Surgery.

Find more information on the Tampa Bay Heart Walk website or contact them by email.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit American Heart Association or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About HCA Healthcare West Florida

HCA Healthcare West Florida provides a complete continuum of high-quality programs and services to meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses throughout west Florida, caring for more than 1.2 million patients last year.  HCA Healthcare West Florida includes 15 hospitals, 27 ER locations, 13 ambulatory surgery centers, numerous physician practices, graduate medical education programs, a regional lab, and consolidated service center. Our hospitals include Blake Medical Center, Brandon Regional Hospital, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Englewood Community Hospital, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Medical Center of Trinity, Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Northside Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, South Bay Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital. HCA Healthcare West Florida is affiliated with HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine.