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Holly Morrell pioneered the grassroots cardiac screening effort/industry beginning in 1999. She has over 15 years experience in screening student athletes throughout the country.  She spearheaded her previous organization/screening program, to become the “largest player” in the U.S., as quoted by the Wall Street Journal in 2005.

Holly is knowledgeable, experienced, and professional, but considers her work to be very personal, as well. She dedicates her work to the 6 family members lost to Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), the #1 cause of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in young people in the U.S. Nine Morrell family members, out of 11, had the disease; 6 died and 2 live with devices implanted in their chests to protect them from sudden death. In 2010, another family member became the second Morrell Family member to receive a heart transplant to save her life.  Holly herself was diagnosed with the condition in 2002, after running a cardiac screening program for 3 years.

Holly established Heartfelt Cardiac Projects in order to better serve the general public and preserve the integrity of her mission, to save more lives through early detection, education, and increased public awareness.

Most recently, Holly survived emergency open heart surgery by only 90 seconds in 2012.
You can learn more about her story via our 5 minute Heartfelt Video (link).

The Morrell Family

The Morrell Family has a long and tragic history of the heart disease known as, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Holly’s involvement with cardiac screening is dedicated to the memory of her 6 family members, including her father, who lost their lives to this insidious condition. Three Morrell Family members are living with HCM, one thanks to a heart transplant and two others who have Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs). Ironically, Holly was first diagnosed with HCM in 2002 after running a cardiac screening program for three years. She received an ICD in July, 2002.

To Read the Complete Story on the Morrell Family (click here)


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Erik D. Ramanathan, JD
Chairman of the Board
Senior Fellow, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School
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Vice Chairman of the Board
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, InVivo Therapeutics Corporation
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Managing Director of Redbrook Partners LLC
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CEO of Harbor- UCLA Medical Center
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Jean O’Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH
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Michael S. Ascher, MD, FACP
Patrick M. Libbey
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