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AZ Employees Go Red for the American Heart Association

AstraZeneca is committed to supporting organizations that address the issues impacting patients and their families. On May 9, several AstraZeneca employees, decked in bright red accessories, attended the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 11th Annual Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon. AstraZeneca was proud to sponsor the event, which featured a health expo, silent auction, health screenings, a Heart Healthy Lunch and plenty of time to network and mingle with prominent business executives, community leaders, healthcare professionals and volunteers. Guests could also pledge a personal commitment with Open Your Heart, a commemorative donating opportunity, and further contribute to AHA’s education and research efforts.

Front Row (left to right):  Michelle Benfield,  Kim Guillen, Angelina Smolskis Back Row (left to right):  Lydia Hallgren, Chris Espositio, Lindsay Adair Gehret, Lauren Mucci

Front Row (left to right): Michelle Benfield, Kim Guillen, Angelina Smolskis
Back Row (left to right): Lydia Hallgren, Chris Espositio, Lindsay Adair Gehret, Lauren Mucci

Volunteer champion Krista Willis Savino highlighted the strength and mission of AHA by sharing her story. Upon birth, she was diagnosed with Ebstein’s anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect that affects less than 200,000 people in the U.S. Doctors predicted she may not live to leave the hospital or, under best circumstances, past the age of two. However, the future brightened for Krista. Advances in research and medical treatments within Krista’s own lifetime changed everything. Krista, now 28 years old and recently married, has undergone numerous operations but lives a happy, healthy and physically active life.

AHA strives to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and centers all actions around this mission. With unifying values, AstraZeneca continues to sponsor and support AHA locally and nationally in various efforts and initiatives including Go Red for Women, the Heart Ball, the Heart Walk and CPR Anytime Training. Visit heart.org to learn more about cardiovascular disease and related conditions, and how you can join the cause.

AZ honors employees for volunteerism through Jefferson Awards for Public Service

AstraZeneca honors employees who are passionate about volunteerism every year through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, a program that recognizes individuals for giving back to their communities. This year, AZ’s award selection committee identified eight individuals for the outstanding work they do in their communities. The AZ Steering Committee, made up of two members of the US Leadership Team, selected the Grand Winner, who will represent AZ at the National Ceremony June 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.  (L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Rich Buckley, VP North America Corporate Affairs, Paul Hudson, President AstraZeneca US and Executive Vice President, North America and Laura Mably, Regional HR Director, North America and Vice President, US Human Resources celebrate with Jefferson Awards winners after the Ceremony.
(L-R) Rich Buckley, Paul Hudson, Rose Pimpinella, Carol Stinson, Diane Davis, Gil Peña, Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Christopher Duncan, Jayson Richert and Laura Mably.

Please join us in celebrating this year’s AZ Jefferson Awards winners:

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Becky has a long history of volunteering with the University of Texas-Pan American, the Hope Family Health Center and Easter Seals. Thanks to her involvement, these organizations have the leadership, funding and medically trained personnel and volunteers they need to provide underserved populations with access to health care and support programs.

Diane Davis, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: Diane founded Boat Kids, an event that coordinates a day out on the water for children with special needs and their families.  In addition, every year Diane organizes the AstraZeneca team of volunteers for Metropolitan Ministries Holidays of Hope Tent, which provides food, toys and holiday entertainment for more than 23,000 families.

Christopher Duncan, Executive District Sales Manager: Chris led his team’s volunteering efforts, helping people locally, nationally and internationally through organizations such as Project CURE, Passionately Pink for the Cure, Raiders’ Closet, Upper New York State Transplant, and the Young Life and Wyld Life.

James Gonzales, Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist: James helps children with special needs stay physically active through his volunteer work with St. Pius Special Needs Group, No Boundaries 4 Special Needs and Speak Up 4 Autism. James also volunteers for Aliviane, where he educates students about the dangers of abusing prescription medication.

Gil Peña, Senior Diabetes Sales Specialist: Gil volunteers for two organizations dedicated to helping fight the impact of diabetes on his community – Crusader Family Health Foundation and the Rockford Cosmopolitan Club.

Rose Pimpinella, Global Marketing Manager-MOVANTIK: Rose has helped the Lisa Diener Domestic Violence Foundation grow from a new foundation established in 2010 to a resource that has successfully raised almost $90,000 to benefit organizations and shelters that help women and communities overcome domestic violence.

Jayson Richert, Health System Manager: Jayson and his wife support March of Dimes, the organization that helped them when their twin daughters were born 12 weeks early. In addition to fundraising, they share their story as an ambassador family in memory of their daughter Lily, and out of gratitude for the advances in neonatal care that saved their daughter Olivia, who is now six.

Carol Stinson, Director, Science Affairs, US Corporate Affairs: Carol volunteers for Healing Art Works, a group that provides works of original art for patient spaces in hospitals and other care centers with the goal of facilitating emotional and physical healing. In addition to their annual project, this past year Carol also led “Butterflies for Boston” to benefit those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Becky Hesbrook-Garcia was selected as the AstraZeneca Grand Winner and will attend the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, D.C. in June on behalf of AstraZeneca. There, she will be eligible to win a national award for employee volunteerism.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service were founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former US Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Delawarean Sam Beard to create a Nobel Prize for public service. The awards are presented both locally and nationally to encourage volunteerism and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through volunteer service.

AstraZeneca congratulates these winners and thanks them for their ongoing commitment to community service.

Mental Health America and AZ Launch Mind Your Health Campaign

Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO, Mental Health America

By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA President and CEO

For over a century, Mental Health America (MHA) has been a national leader in advancing mental health and I was thrilled to join this wonderful organization on May 1, 2014 as its new President and CEO. I’ve worked on mental health matters since my time in the Connecticut State legislature in the 1980s, so this is a new opportunity for me to work with old friends from around the country to build our constituency for mental health.

As a first step in that process, and in recognition of Mental Health Month in May, MHA created a new series of videos with support from AstraZeneca as part of our “Mind Your Health” campaign. The videos encourage people to use a mental health screening tool and can be seen in physicians’ offices and elsewhere around the nation. The series focuses on the four principles that guide us in our work: Prevention for all, Early identification and intervention for those at risk, Integrated health and behavioral health treatment for those who need it, and Recovery as a goal. Because our greatest challenge is often getting people to look beyond the stigma and seek medical care, the videos drive people to visit our new site, MHAScreening.org, where they can find a number of online tools to screen for mental health conditions and to get recommendations for care and support in their communities.

Thousands of online screenings have already been completed, which is a positive sign that we’re connecting with the people we need to reach to accomplish our goals.

We’re proud of our partnership with AstraZeneca and we think it will make a huge difference in the lives of so many people. After all, we all know the numbers – half of us will have a diagnosable mental health condition during our lives, and up to 6% of people live with serious mental illnesses. My son Tim is one of them. And he – now homeless on the streets of San Francisco – has had an extraordinarily difficult life because of it. So this affects me on a very personal level, too.

MHA believes that early identification and effective intervention and treatment are essential for people’s wellbeing. The “Mind Your Health” campaign is just our most recent effort to accomplish this objective, and we are very pleased to have AstraZeneca as our partner.

Click here to view the first of our videos.

About Paul Gionfriddo

Gionfriddo has held key health and public health-related leadership positions during a career spanning more than 30 years. In addition to leading nonprofit organizations in three states, he ran his own consulting business, specializing in public health, children’s health, primary care and mental health.

 

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AZ employees celebrate fifth birthday of AstraZeneca Hope Lodge

At AstraZeneca, we are dedicated to serving patients in the communities in which we live and work. This commitment is demonstrated, for example, through our support of AstraZeneca Hope Lodges across the country.

On Monday, May 5, Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America, visited the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Cheltenham, PA to celebrate its fifth birthday. Hudson praised AstraZeneca volunteers for their dedication and service, and offered support to its guests, saying, “AstraZeneca appreciates that the journey you are on as a cancer patient can be overwhelming and filled with many challenges. Our hope is that this facility and its caring staff and volunteers can offer you, not only accommodation, but some comfort and peace of mind while you seek the care that you need.”

At the event, AstraZeneca volunteers served a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner to a full house of patients and caregivers. Deborah Gelber, who leads AstraZeneca’s Working Parent Networking Group, presented birthday gifts made by the children of AstraZeneca employees to Hope Lodge guests, including colorful knotted blankets made during the company’s “Take Your Child to Work Day” observance; laminated placemats composed of artwork made by children at the company’s onsite childcare facility; and handmade cards created by the children of AstraZeneca employees nationwide as a gesture of loving support and hope.

Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America, joined by AstraZeneca volunteers to celebrate the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge’s fifth birthday.

Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America, joined by AstraZeneca volunteers to celebrate the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge’s fifth birthday.

The American Cancer Society has established Hope Lodges across the country to provide a free, temporary home for adult cancer patients (living more than an hour away from their treatment facility) while actively receiving cancer treatment. Often, the cost of travel and staying in a hotel room for weeks or months while receiving treatment is a financial burden and emotional strain. These facilities provide an affordable option and supportive environment to help patients along their journey.

The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Cheltenham celebrated its fifth birthday with a free benefit concert at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Beth Sholom on May 18, featuring the Atlantic Brass Band.

To learn more about the Philadelphia or Boston AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, visit here.

AZ Lends Support for National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Now in its 28th year, the 2014 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic was held March 30 through April 4 in Snowmass Village, Col., bringing together nearly 400 U.S. military veterans and active duty service men and women with disabilities to conquer a snow-covered mountainside.   Participants were provided adaptive winter sports instruction from more than 200 certified ski instructors– including current and former members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.  They also took part in a number of activities including alpine and cross country skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking, snowmobiling and more.

For more than a decade, AstraZeneca has been a national sponsor of the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, which is co-sponsored by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  AstraZeneca’s support this year helped fund a weeklong stay in Snowmass for approximately 200 participants.

AstraZeneca is involved in a number of other initiatives throughout the year to support and make a difference in the lives of our military men and women.

AstraZeneca Employees Participate in MLK Day of Service

AstraZeneca’s Adrienne O’Neal, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs, along with Latisha Bloise, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs and her daughter Morgan Hicks pitch in during the MLK Day of Service.

AstraZeneca’s Adrienne O’Neal, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs, along with Latisha Bloise, Associate in Patient Safety, Medical Affairs and her daughter Morgan Hicks pitch in during the MLK Day of Service.

On Monday, January 20, AstraZeneca employees participated in the 19th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service, pitching in on a number of volunteer projects at Girard College.

AstraZeneca employees rolled up their sleeves alongside Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials, representatives from Girard College, business and community leaders, students and more to contribute to this year’s signature project, which involved the assembly and packing of critically needed supplies for Philadelphia public schools.  As part of the project, AstraZeneca volunteers helped to sort thousands of books for the PHILADELPHIA READS program.  The books will be distributed to underserved Philadelphia public schools and libraries.

Children take part in activities at the annual Kids’ Carnival on the MLK Day of Service.

Children take part in activities at the annual Kids’ Carnival.

AstraZeneca volunteers also packaged donated diapers and wipes along with informational flyers for mothers in need, and created thank you cards and pillow case covers for veterans.  Others helped facilitate the Education Works MLK and Me Activity at the annual Kids’ Carnival.  As part of this activity, children created their own mini-book that included facts about their life, side-by-side with biographical facts about MLK.  The carnival also offered children an opportunity to paint murals, make crafts, read about Dr. King and more.

Other events held as part of the MLK Day of Service included a community health and wellness fair, a job fair and a civic engagement expo.  AstraZeneca was a sponsor of the initiative, which this year attracted an estimated 125,000 volunteers who participated in more than 1,700 projects throughout the Philadelphia region.

Giving Families a Home Away from Home during the Holidays

House photo that was in News Journal“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.”  Many would agree with this holiday song lyric.  Unfortunately, some families can’t be home for the holidays because a loved one requires serious medical attention and hospital care.  That’s where the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware comes in, providing a “home away from home” for families in need so they can be near a seriously ill or injured child.

WilkinsonThe Wilkinson family is one of many that have taken advantage of the House in Wilmington, DE.  Near the end of her pregnancy, Candice became seriously ill, and on February 20, her baby girl, MaKynlee Fay, was born 10 weeks early, weighing just 2 pounds, 6 ounces.  Candice and her husband, Jeremy, traveled from their home in Sussex County to visit their daughter at Christiana Hospital and found it stressful to be so far from their family support system. Candice learned about the Ronald McDonald House, and found comfort in the homey surroundings and support from the volunteers and other families while staying close to MaKynlee.  Happily, MaKynlee is now home with her parents.

Over the holidays, typically about 35 families are staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.  The House asks families like the Wilkinsons to contribute $15 a night, a fraction of the $72-per-day operating cost, and still many families cannot afford this nominal amount.

You can help by participating in the Share A Night campaign, enabling families to sleep easier and stay together.  A donation of $15 sponsors a family for one night, $45 for a weekend, $105 for a week or perhaps $450 for a month.

You can also participate in another holiday tradition – the Share A Night Lighting Ceremony, 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, December 12, at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware on Rockland Road.  Each year, thousands of lights that adorn the house and surrounding grounds are turned on for the season, accompanied by holiday music, refreshments and a visit by Ronald McDonald.

_MG_8265AstraZeneca supports the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, which served more than 2,300 families last year.  Its outstanding staff and hundreds of volunteers create a nurturing home away from home while helping to improve the health and well-being of children and bringing comfort to their families when they need it most.

To Share A Night with those families in need staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, you can donate online.  It’s a special way for you and your family to share your blessings during the holiday season.  Buy a Light – Share a Night!  And stop by December 12 to see hundreds of children’s faces light up, when the holiday lights go on at the House.

AstraZeneca Women Take Part in PA Conference for Women

PA Conf for WomenOn Friday, November 1, more than 60 women from AstraZeneca attended the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in Philadelphia, a one-day professional and personal development event for women that features renowned speakers sharing inspirational stories and leading seminars on the issues that matter most to women. The event attracted more than 7,000 attendees from various organizations, locations and professions across the Philadelphia region and beyond.

AstraZeneca served as contributing sponsor for the conference, which was comprised of keynote sessions, workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities addressing a variety of topics including leadership, career advancement, personal development and branding, entrepreneurship, health and wellness and more.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the conference, themed “Power of Possibilities.” Former Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Madeline Albright delivered keynote remarks.  Other keynote speakers included Judge Glenda Hatchett, host and star of “Judge Hatchett;”  business and financial services industry expert Sallie Krawcheck; national political correspondent for the Washington Post, Karen Tumulty; and principal of Strawberry Mansion High School, Linda Cliatt-Wayman.

AstraZeneca’s U.S. Head of External Affairs Emily Denney participated in a panel discussion about driving social change through workplace initiatives, and shared examples of how AstraZeneca partners with nonprofit organizations and organizes corporate giving and volunteer efforts to make a positive impact in the community.   In addition, AstraZeneca Senior Director of Clinical Development Dr. Kathy Lampl spoke about managing the risks associated with childhood asthma.

Earlier this year, AstraZeneca was ranked among Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies, and named among the top 50 companies for female executives by The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE).

AstraZeneca Employee Receives Delaware Governor’s Volunteer Award

AstraZeneca's Margaret Rivera with representatives from ASPIRA at the 2013 Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony.

AstraZeneca’s Margaret Rivera with representatives from ASPIRA at the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony.

Margaret “Margie” Rivera, senior manager of compliance and diversity for AstraZeneca, has been recognized by Delaware Governor Jack Markell as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards.  The award program honors individuals and groups for their service to communities, schools and organizations throughout Delaware.

Margie was selected for her work with ASPIRA of Delaware, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and leadership development of Latino youth.  Through her support of ASPIRA’s Saturday Academy Program, which helps prepare high school seniors to successfully complete college applications and continue their education beyond the secondary level, Margie has impacted the lives and futures of nearly 300 students and their families.  Using her personal experiences and partnerships, Margie has reached the Hispanic community to help educate and support youth on their path to college.

The recipients of the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards represent the efforts of thousands of Delawareans who make positive contributions to society and inspire others to do the same.  More than 400 people attended an award ceremony on Tuesday, October 22 at Dover Downs to honor Margie and 24 other winners for their outstanding service.

Congratulations to Margie for this prestigious award – thank you for being an inspiration to your community and colleagues.

AstraZeneca Employees Fill Backpacks for Local Students

With fall in full swing, excitement around the new school year continues for many students across the country. But for children whose families struggle to afford the necessary supplies, this time of year can be challenging as well.

To help those in need, this year, AstraZeneca employees donated personal funds and resources to fill 75 backpacks with school supplies for students at Las Américas ASPIRA Academy, a bilingual charter school in Wilmington, Del. The backpacks will provide incoming kindergarten students with a selection of supplies to start the year off right, including markers, glue sticks, scissors and colored pencils.  AstraZeneca employees also donated additional items from the school’s “Wish List,” which included snacks and specialty arts and crafts materials.

In addition, AstraZeneca employees joined together to collect hundreds of supplies for Children and Families First’s Supply Drive, including backpacks, over 115 notebooks, 50 packs of pencils and 25 boxes of crayons. Children and Families First distributed these supplies to children attending elementary schools in Wilmington’s East Side.

In addition to partnering with groups like ASPIRA and Children and Families First on back-to-school drives, AstraZeneca is committed to supporting a variety of educational initiatives in Delaware throughout the year, with a focus on efforts that help build enthusiasm for and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and create a stronger, more talented Delaware-based workforce.

Desiree Faison, Community School Site Coordinator, Evan G. Shortlidge Elementary Academy and students: (L-R) Antonio Gordon, Raheim Rogers, Ray L. Burruss, Olivia Brown and Emmanuel Webb receiving AstraZeneca donated school supplies.

Desiree Faison, Community School Site Coordinator, Evan G. Shortlidge Elementary Academy and students: (L-R) Antonio Gordon, Raheim Rogers, Ray L. Burruss, Olivia Brown and Emmanuel Webb receiving AstraZeneca donated school supplies.