The Greater Nashville American Heart Association is pleased to announce Dr. Herman Williams and his wife, Jeannie Williams, as the co-chairs for the 2019 Middle Tennessee Heart Gala set for January 26, 2019 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the premier event’s 45th year.
Dr. Williams has deep personal connections to the mission of the American Heart and American Stroke Association. He suffered a cardiac arrest at age 31 during his orthopedic surgery residency while he was playing in a basketball game with his co-residents. He was resuscitated by his colleague using bystander CPR and ultimately had an internal defibrillator implanted. Some years later in 2013, he also suffered a stroke and fully recovered. As if two miraculous reveries were not enough, in 2017, he had a second cardiac arrest at the Nashville International Airport and was saved, once again, by bystander CPR.
“Because of our personal connection as a family to heart disease and stroke, we know how important it is to bring more attention to this worthy cause. My husband is alive today because of what the American Heart and American Stroke Association has done in our community. We’re looking forward to leading the Heart Association’s Mission this year and support the fight against heart disease and stroke,” states Jeannie Williams.
“I’ve had the privilege to work with the Greater Nashville American Heart and American Stroke Association for several years and am a great supporter of their work due to my personal experience with heart disease and stroke throughout my life. The mission especially hit home for me last year when I suffered a second sudden cardiac arrest at the Nashville Airport and my life was saved using bystander CPR, something the American Heart and American Stroke Association has worked tirelessly to teach,” states Dr Williams.
Herman is an active board member for the American Heart and Stroke Association, and he is a senior hospital executive with extensive healthcare expertise that includes the management and operations of large and small-scale national clinics and hospitals over the span of his 17-year career. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at RCCH Healthcare Partners. Dr. Williams holds a Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University. He is a Board-Certified Coach and holds the advanced coaching certificate of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Dr. and Mrs. Williams currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee, and have a 22-year old son, Cole.
For more than 45 years, the Heart Gala has supported the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the number one and number five killers of all Americans.
For more information about the 2019 Middle Tennessee Heart Gala, please contact Kristin Palmer at 615-340-4146 or e-mail Kristin.Palmer@Heart.org.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association and American Stroke 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 heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.