‘Loving Your Sweet Hearts’ To Be Topic of Red Hot Ladies Luncheon

Date of Release: 
Thursday, January 16, 2014

BATESVILLE – January 16, 2014 – A highly respected cardiovascular and geriatric expert will address Citizens Bank’s “Red Hot Ladies Luncheon” on Friday, February 14, in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  The annual event focuses on raising women’s awareness of health issues and promotes good habits for healthy lifestyles.

Jeanne Y. Wei, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chairperson of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.  She will speak on the topic of “Loving Your Sweet Hearts.” 

“We are so pleased to be able to host such a renowned expert as Dr. Wei to talk to us about the cardiovascular system and practical, effective care of our hearts to maintain functional independence,” said Joyce Prickett, who co-chairs the event with Candace Morrow.  “Dr. Wei will provide important information that we all can use to make positive changes for a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our families.”

Doors open at 11 a.m. for a silent auction prior to the luncheon.  Reserved sponsorship tables for eight guests are available for $200.  All other tickets, which cost $25 each, will be open seating.  To reserve a table, purchase tickets or receive sponsorship information, call 870-698-6349.

Jonathan’s Fine Jewelry is donating a Chamilia bangle bracelet with 5 charms, valued at $595, for a drawing at the luncheon.  Drawing tickets are $5 each, or three for $10, and may be purchased at Citizens Bank’s Main Branch in downtown Batesville.

The proceeds from the Red Hot Ladies Luncheon will benefit the Christian Health Center of Batesville, which provides services to uninsured members of the community, including medical care, medicines, and pastoral counseling. 

“The Christian Health Center offers comprehensive care by not only providing for physical needs but also for the spiritual and emotional concerns of the people they treat every day,” said Joyce Prickett.  “Together, we can make Batesville a healthier place for all and provide the necessary services to many of our neighbors who need it most.”

Known worldwide for her work in the field of aging, Dr. Wei has more than 30 years of experience in conducting geriatric and gerontological research, mentoring geriatric fellows and junior faculty members, and developing new academic programs and initiatives.  Her current research interests include the cardiovascular system and cost-effective care of frail elders. 

Dr. Wei has served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and as Director of the Division on Aging at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Gerontology Division in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  She has written more than 200 publications and six books, including “Aging Well: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health.”  She holds four medical-related U. S. patents.

About The Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County.  Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Izard, Lawrence, Sharp and Stone counties.  The bank operates 10 fully staffed financial centers in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains.

Dr. Jeanne Y. Wei