ThedaCare President & CEO Dr. Dean Gruner and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Greg Long to Co-Chair First-Ever Fox Cities Heart Ball

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The American Heart Association is proud to announce the chairs of the first-ever Fox Cities Heart Ball. Dr. Dean Gruner, ThedaCare President and Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Greg Long, ThedaCare Chief Medical Officer, will co-chair the black-tie gala on Nov. 10 at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Contributions raised from this event will go toward cardiovascular research and educational programs, building Fox Valley lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Dr. Gruner has been a part of the Fox Valley community for more than 30 years, including leading ThedaCare as President and CEO since 2008. Dr. Long has served as ThedaCare Chief Medical Officer since 2008, following nearly 15 years as a family physician.

“Cardiovascular disease and stroke threaten the lives of too many in our community. With the American Heart Association, we are helping to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Dr. Gruner. “Dr. Long and I are honored to be the co-chairs of the 2017 Fox Cities Heart Ball. This inaugural event will bring more heart health awareness and education to residents in the Fox Cities.”

Corporate tables and sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For more information, contact Marla Sparks by phone at (715) 851-1412or via email at


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.

About ThedaCare

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of seven hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, ThedaCare Medical Center-New London, Shawano Medical Center, Berlin Memorial Hospital, Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare At Home. ThedaCare is one of the largest employers in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,803 employees. Follow ThedaCare on Facebook and Twitter.

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