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– Paul Holmes, PR Agency Report Card 2008
Surgeons successfully implant ValveXchange® two-part heart valve system
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 19:08

ValveXchange, Inc. has performed successful First In Man (FIM) surgeries demonstrating the practicality and advantages of its novel Vitality™ two-part heart valve system.

“With other valves if you break a suture you’re basically committed to taking the valve off and out. Here there are no leaflets, so it’s very easy to see and put in extra sutures.”

The surgeries were performed by two highly renowned U.S. cardiac surgeons, Lars Svensson, MD, PhD of The Cleveland Clinic and W. Randolph Chitwood, MD of The East Carolina Heart Institute, working with Adrian Ebner, MD at his facilities in Asuncion, Paraguay. The surgeries took place Sept. 26 and 27, 2011. Three men aged 49, 62 and 72 received the Vitality™ heart valves. All have been discharged and are recovering normally.

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JohnstonWells celebrates 40-Year Anniversary with $40K in pro-bono for HALO Denver
Monday, 03 October 2011 18:02

JW bday cakeJohnstonWells Public Relations was 40 years old on Saturday, October 1. The firm, founded by Gwinavere A. Johnston, has made its mark in Denver and the U.S. by working with many high profile clients.

“Every day has been different, and that’s been fun and exciting,” said Johnston. “That means that every day we get smarter.”

In honor of its 40-year anniversary, the company will provide $40,000 in pro-bono public relations services to an organization close to Johnston’s heart – The HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) Foundation.

Established in Denver in 2009, the HALO Center now serves as a safe haven to more than 40 children each night, fostering educational and emotional growth while equipping at risk youth with the skills to become contributing members of their communities. A variety of programming is offered after school, focusing on education, art therapy and recreation.

Known for her eclectic folk art collection and philanthropic efforts in the Denver art community, JohnstonWells’ founder Gwin Johnston sees HALO as the perfect opportunity to bridge her love of art with helping Denver’s at-risk youth. Each night the children are served a hot meal (courtesy of the Food Bank of the Rockies) and participate in an art project while being offered tutoring services.

Nikki Cady, executive director of The Halo Foundation said she feels extremely fortunate that JW has chosen Halo as the recipient of such a wonderful gift.

“The Halo Foundation is a grass roots organization and relatively new to the Denver community. We have touched the lives of hundreds of at risk youth and their families in Denver. We are extremely excited to be able to share the story of our successes with the help of JohnstonWells," she added.

 
Gwin Johnston receives top honors for lifetime of accomplishments
Friday, 16 September 2011 18:44

GwinOur CEO, Gwinavere Johnston will be inducted into the Denver Press Club’s Hall of Fame tonight, an honor that recognizes her ongoing leadership in the public relations field and in the Denver community, where she has made numerous contributions.

“Gwin Johnston is not only a remarkably creative communicator, she also gives back to our community as much as anyone I know. Gwin is most deserving to join the best of the best at the Denver Press Club,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said when he learned Johnston was being recognized.

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