Current CEO: Nancy Brown
The American Heart Association was founded in 1924 by six cardiologists whose main aims were to combat heart disease and educate people about it. Today, the organization maintains an almost identical purpose with the mission statement, "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke."
As a one of the largest non-profit organizations, there is a strong sense of purpose within The American Heart Association culture, and its core values are widely shared and upheld by employees. An American Heart Association benefits package will normally include medical insurance, dental insurance, and life insurance.
By working closely with healthcare providers, medical facilities, politicians and other elected officials, The American Heart Association hopes to achieve its specific goal of a 20 percent reduction of cardiovascular disease in Americans by the year 2020. The overall strategy is to employ fundraising, research and public education programs which inform and give advice about healthier lifestyles.
Annually, the organization raises as much as $630 million through donations, special events, publication sales and other methods. The biggest portion of these funds is spent on public-health resource materials in the form of medical journals and brochures. The next biggest expense for the organization is research funding, and four Nobel Prize winning researchers have been funded by the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association spends around $100 million annually on professional development programs and community services. These include seminars and meetings for healthcare professionals, updating them on the latest cardiovascular developments and training in emergency cardiac care.
The current American Heart Association CEO is Nancy Brown, who has spent more than 25 years with the organization. Nancy Brown is a strong advocate of prevention strategies and increased access to affordable healthcare through healthcare reform.
Currently, the organization has around 3,500 employees and over 20 million volunteers donating their time. The main American Heart Foundation office is in Dallas, Texas, and there are 12 regional affiliate offices including:
• New York City
• Framingham, MA
• Seattle, WA
• Marietta, GA
• Glen Allen, VA
• Burlingame, CA
• Columbus, OH
• Austin, TX
• Topeka, KS
• Grand Rapids, MI
• St. Petersburg, FL
• Wormleysburg, PA
There are also hundreds of local offices around the U.S and territories.
American Heart Association careers comprise of much more than just clinical roles, across a wide cross-section of industries, including Public Relations, Fundraising, Human Resources, Administrative and IT. The organization encourages people working at American Heart Association to "continually strive to perform at the highest level and deliver total satisfaction to the diverse people and communities we serve – our Customers". In return, the American Heart Association offers employees an attractive benefits package.