HMC, Chad Foundation Team Up to Provide Cardiac Screenings

Holyoke Medical Center will team up with the Chad Foundation to provide preventative cardiac screenings for 200 high-school athletes in an effort to help detect lethal abnormalities such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holyoke High School gym, 500 Beech St.

The screening will be conducted to honor Holyoke’s favorite son, Jonathan “Jonno” Gray, a 2011 graduate of HHS who died suddenly in January while on his rowing machine.

Included will be an echocardiogram, EKG, blood-pressure testing, and BMI. The screenings, which would normally cost $3,000, will be provided free and will be made possible by a team of local cardiologists, sonographers, technicians, and nurses from Holyoke Medical Center, Pioneer Valley Cardiology of Springfield, and Hampden County Cardiology Associates of Holyoke.

CPR demonstration will be provided by nurses from Holyoke Medical Center and Holyoke High School throughout the day.

Phillips Medical Systems, a leading manufacturer of hospital equipment, will provide state-of-the-art, ultrasound echocardiogram machines for the event. Cholestech equipment for cholesterol and diabetes testing will be provided by the Chad Foundation for Athletes and Artists. Other major Community partners are the Kevin J. Major Foundation, NovoNordisc, and Johnson & Johnson.

For further information or for registration information, call Melanie Martin, athletic trainer at Holyoke High School, at (413) 493-1640.