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.
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Holly Morrell pioneered the grassroots cardiac screening effort/industry beginning in 1999. She has over 12 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.
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Board of Directors
Azhar K. Qureshi, MD, MBA, DrPH, Chairperson – Vice President, Department of
Clinical Quality, St. Joseph Health System
Michael S. Ascher, MD, FACP, Vice Chair – Senior Medical Advisor, Biology & Biotechnology
Research Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Ellen DiGiampaolo, RD, Treasurer – Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Morrison
Health Care Inc., Harbor – UCLA Medical Center
Annette T. Drake, Secretary – Director of Administration, The California Wellness
Gerald R. Solomon, JD, President & CEO – PHFE Management Solutions, Ex Officio
Eugene F. Carpino – Director of Operations, Illinois Republican House of Representative’s Caucus
Robert Chason – Chief Executive Officer, University of California Davis Health System
Elaine Garvey, LLB, ACA – Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Michael R. Gomez – Chief Executive Officer, Fiscal Credit Union
Babatunde “Babs” Jinadu, MD, MPH – County Health Officer, Kern County Department of
Bruce Y. Lai – Chief of Staff, Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer, City of New York
Alicia Lara – Lara Consulting; The California Endowment (Retired)
David J. Maurrasse, PhD – President & CEO, Marga Incorporated, Miami Beach, Florida &
New York City, New York
Debra Ortiz – Former California State Senator
Robert D. Westfall – Vice President, International Banking Group, Security
Pacific Bank (retired); Consultant, Executive Service Corps of Southern California (current)
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