Hospital Heart Walk to honor local girl



May 29, 2014 - 12:00 AM

For the last five years, Allen County Regional Hospital staff members have participated in a local version of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk to raise money and awareness of heart disease. This year, they’re doing it for a little girl.

Kinsley Diane Splechter is the baby daughter of Michael and Erin Splechter, one of the daytime RN house supervisors. Kinsley was only nine months old when she had surgery to repair a heart defect. The surgery saved her life and today she is a healthy 13-month-old girl.

Patty McGuffin, chief nursing officer at the hospital, said so far the team has raised almost $800 for the walk on Saturday in Kinsley’s honor. In addition, HCA Midwest Health System has raised more than $72,000. The Allen County team is HCA’s number one team, and has consistently been in the top five fundraisers for the last five years, according to McGuffin. All told, more than $626,000 in donations has been pledged to the AHA for the Heart Walk.

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