WHEN: 10:00 A.M., Monday, February 14
WHERE: UCSF Children’s Hospital, 505 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco. Reporters/photographers ask for UCSF News Services ESCORT at the front desk.
WHAT: San Francisco Fire Department Chief and firefighters will join young patients in the playroom at UCSF Children’s Hospital to make valentines.
WHO: Interviews can be arranged with:
* SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White— Hher youngest son, Sean, 5, has been treated at UCSF Children’s Hospital for a rare heart defect. After three open-heart operations and many other treatments, he now is an active kindergartner.
* David Teitel, MD—Sean’s doctor and Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at UCSF Children’s Hospital.
* Kim Scurr, RN,—Director of the UCSF Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center.
* Children will be available to be photographed with firefighters
CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS AWARENESS DAY:
Valentine’s Day is Congenital Heart Defect
Awareness Day across the U.S. and in eight other nations around the world. Launched five years ago by The Congenital Heart Information Network (
Congenital Heart Information Network), the event highlights the need for research, treatments and support for children born with heart defects and for childhood-onset heart disease.
For more about the Pediatric Heart Center at UCSF Children’s Hospital, see http://www.ucsfhealth.org/childrens/hearts.