Hospital’s Women’s Heart Wellness Center to benefit from 5K on March 28 in East Hampton

March 19, 2015 By Kimberly Gensicki

The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Women’s Heart Wellness Center will be the beneficiary of the Saturday, March 28 second annual Running with Scissors 5K Run/Walk in memory of Karen Pfaffenbach at Sears Park in East Hampton.

The event is organized by a group of childhood friends of Karen Pfaffenbach who died in April 2013 from heart disease. As a beneficiary of last year’s run, HOCC’s Women’s Heart Wellness Center received a check for $15,250. Donated funds from this year’s event will once again primarily support the Center’s community outreach and education for women about heart disease prevention and management.

The run will start at 10 a.m. with registration from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. There will also be a 9 a.m. Kids Fun Run. The Park is at 68 North Main St. Last year’s event had over 300 participants.

“We are so pleased and thankful to be working again with the friends of Karen Pfaffenbach toward this 5K run. Last year’s generous donation to our Women’s Heart Wellness Center is helping us raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women,” says Justin Lundbye, M.D., FACC, chief of Cardiology.

“We are so excited to be holding the 2nd annual Running with Scissors 5K/WALK on Saturday, March 28, especially after exceeding all expectations last year and having over 300 participants, raising over $15,000. The monies raised are being used to generate programs to raise awareness as to the symptoms of heart disease unique to women, in hopes of saving others. Karen would be totally amazed by what has taken place in her memory at the Women’s Heart Wellness Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut,” says JoAnn Pagliughi, one of the 5K organizers.

HOCC’s Department of Cardiology is fielding a team of participants on race day and the hospital will also have two stations at the run, representing the Department of Cardiology and WomenHeart of Central Connecticut. HOCC, a founding member of the WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, provides a monthly peer-led support network, WomenHeart of Central Connecticut, for women with heart disease.

Entry fee is $25 online or $30 at event on race day. To register, visit For more information, contact

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet acute care teaching hospital with two campuses, New Britain General and Bradley Memorial in Southington. A member of Hartford HealthCare, HOCC services include emergency, inpatient, surgery, laboratory, outpatient, and radiology. Among specialty areas are cardiovascular care, metabolic health, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, and psychiatry/behavioral health. For more information, click here; for a physician referral, call 1-800-321-6244.