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Pillars

At the heart of AHF's mission is the School of Cardiac & Vascular Ultrasound.

 

Established in 1982, this pioneering program trains the next generation of sonographers, equipping them with the skills to detect and diagnose heart conditions early. Our commitment to education ensures that healthcare professionals are prepared to provide the best cardiac care possible.

Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to heart health.

 

Our Cardiovascular Initiative provides complimentary ultrasound screenings to the AZ community. These screenings are crucial in early detection and prevention of heart disease, embodying our commitment to a proactive approach to health and well-being.

Our Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist Program is at the forefront of community health empowerment.

 

By providing registered nurses with in-depth knowledge about heart disease, we ensure that every cardiac patient receives the highest standard of care. This program is a testament to our belief that educated healthcare providers are key to promoting heart health in the community.

Expanding our reach in preventive healthcare, the AHF Imaging Center is a groundbreaking initiative offering low-cost, high-quality imaging services.

 

Designed for patients with a provider referral, this clinic bridges the gap in cardiac care by providing accessible and affordable diagnostic imaging reaffirming our dedication to making comprehensive cardiac care available to all.

The Arizona Heart Foundation was established in 1971 with a mission to combat heart disease through education and public awareness. 
AHF was founded by Edward B. Diethrich, MD in Phoenix, AZ, and initially focused on research, collaborating with major medical device companies to advance cardiac care technologies. Over the years, AHF expanded to include educational programs including the AHF School of Ultrasound and the AHF Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist Program.
 
Today, AHF added to its mission by providing community-focused healthcare initiatives, including complimentary heart screenings through the AHF Cardiovascular Initiative, and low-cost outpatient diagnostic ultrasounds per provider referral at the AHF Imaging Center.

Education

Specialization

Community Outreach

Access to Care

Our Pillars

At the heart of AHF's mission is the School of Cardiac & Vascular Ultrasound. 

 

Established in 1982, this pioneering program educates the next generation of sonographers, equipping them with the skills to detect and diagnose heart conditions early. Our commitment to education ensures that healthcare professionals are prepared to provide the best cardiac care possible.

Education

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Specialization

Advancing expertise in heart care with a Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist Program. 

Registered Nurses can receive specialized certification with in-depth knowledge about heart disease to ensure cardiovascular patients receive the highest quality standard of care. This program is a testament to our belief that educated healthcare providers are key to promoting heart health in the community.

Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to heart health. 

 

Our Cardiovascular Initiative provides complimentary ultrasound screenings to the AZ community. These screenings are crucial in early detection and prevention of heart disease, embodying our commitment to a proactive approach to health and well-being.

Community

Outreach

03

Expanding our reach in preventive healthcare, the AHF Imaging Center is a groundbreaking initiative offering low-cost, high-quality imaging services. 

 

Designed for patients with a provider referral, this clinic bridges the gap in cardiac care by providing accessible and affordable diagnostic imaging reaffirming our dedication to making comprehensive cardiac care available to all.

Access to Care

04

Meet AHF Leadership

President & CEO

Paula Banahan,
RN, CVNS

Executive Director/Cardiac Program Director

Eileen Spengler, RCS, FASE

Chief Operating Officer

Sean Kerrigan

Meet the Board

Chairperson

Paula Banahan

Medical Director

Donald Reid

Secretary

Michael Gallaugher

Treasurer 

Sean Kerrigan

Board Member

Anil Kumar, MD

Board Member

Adam Turner

Board Member

Carter Wilcoxson

Board Member

Kris Vijay, MD

Board Member

Steve Nadon

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