Rosi Wurster

Bayhealth’s Chief Nurse Executive Leads Local Movement to Improve Women’s Heart Health

Thursday, March 14, 2024 | Community Outreach, Heart & Vascular
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, recently announced that Bayhealth Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive Rosemary (Rosi) Wurster, DNP, RN, MPH, NEA-BC will serve as the executive volunteer chair of the 2023-2024 Delaware Go Red for Women® movement.

The American Heart Association celebrates its centennial year in 2024, and it’s more important now than ever to fight for women’s cardiovascular health. Go Red for Women is changing the perception women in Delaware have about heart disease and stroke. With bold hearts, the American Heart Association’s volunteers, supporters and staff forge ahead into the organization’s second century.

Go Red for Women is a worldwide initiative of the American Heart Association designed to increase women’s heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women locally, nationally and globally.

“I am a long-time supporter of the Go Red for Women movement,” Wurster said. “As a nurse I am compelled to care for patients and their families. Add to that being a woman, a colleague, a wife, a mother, a daughter, an aunt, a sister and a best friend myself. The work of the American Heart Association allows us to keep our hearts healthy so that we can show up for ourselves and those we love.”

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in women, claiming more lives than all cancers combined. Nearly 45% of women over age 20 are living with some form of CVD. Heart disease and stroke continue to be Delaware women’s greatest health threat.

The American Heart Association raises funds from local and National Go Red for Women activities to support awareness, research, education, and community programs to benefit women. Unfortunately, only 55%of women realize heart disease is their number one cause of death and less than half know what are considered healthy levels for cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol. The Go Red for Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health.

This year’s Go Red for Women movement and its local achievements will be celebrated April 30 at the Delaware Go Red for Women Luncheon at Delaware Technical Community College.

“We are so grateful to have Rosi leading the movement this year,” said Shabool Henry, executive director for the American Heart Association Delaware. “Her passion for our mission and leadership will make a notable impact on the lives of women in our community and the families that depend on them.”

To support Rosi and her fight for women, go to or visit one of Bayhealth’s Community Pharmacies to get a “HEART” friendship bracelet for a cash or check donation. The suggested donation amount for a bracelet is $10 or more.

For more information about how you can contribute to the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association Delaware, contact Development Director Karen Gritton, at

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