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HIGH PROFILE: Jean Catherine McSweeney helped start revolution in cardiac care for women

With personal drive tempered by a keen interest in others, Jean McSweeney helped start a revolution in cardiac care for women.

By Celia Storey

This article was published February 12, 2017 at 5:33 a.m.

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“We need nurses doing research, because we approach it in a different way, because we interact with people in a different way.”

“For all her knowledge and her vast skill set, she doesn’t ever discount anyone around her. She listens. She engages.” — Vickie Wingfield, Arkansas He...

SELF PORTRAIT

Jean McSweeney

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 29, 1945, Wooster, Ohio

• FAMILY: husband John Holtam, two sons and two grandsons

• MY NICKNAME: I don't have one ... not that I know of.

• MY FAVORITE VALENTINE IS my husband. He's my best friend.

• MY FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IS wherever he is. We love to water ski on Lake Ouachita.

• TO PREVENT FATIGUE I exercise. Walk. We probably do Two Rivers Park the most because it's the closest to the house. We always see deer when we go there, and I love that.

• CHOCOLATE IS wonderful. It's a necessity of life. Besides that, it has flavonoids in it and, in little degrees, it's good for you.

• MY CLOSET IS FULL OF red. Red for women and heart disease. I wear it all the time.

• I COLLECT hearts and unicorns (with mended horns because boys play ball in the house).

• ACCORDING TO MY HIGH SCHOOL APTITUDE TESTS I should be a forest ranger.

• IF I HADN'T BECOME A NURSE I WOULD: I would never, ever have not. I love it.

• THE THING THAT MAKES ME SADDEST IS when I see people trashing this state, throwing litter and cutting down trees that could be saved. I really love the nature and the beauty of Arkansas, and I hope people appreciate what they have.

• ONE WORD TO SUM ME UP: tenacious

Endowment gifts solicited

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing is looking for donors to endow a chair in women's cardiovascular health. Donate $500,000, and you get to name it.

The fund, posted on the UAMS website Jan. 30, has raised more than $100,000. But a chair takes $1 million. To endow a professorship takes $500,000.

More information is at giving.uams.edu or call the development office at (501) 526-8950.

See a woman realize she's out of breath from making the bed. Feel her disquiet as she remembers that her arm has been oddly achy, off and on, just lately.

“For all her knowledge and her vast skill set, she doesn’t ever discount anyone around her. She listens. She engages.” — Vickie Wingfield, Arkansas He...

SELF PORTRAIT

Jean McSweeney

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 29, 1945, Wooster, Ohio

• FAMILY: husband John Holtam, two sons and two grandsons

• MY NICKNAME: I don't have one ... not that I know of.

• MY FAVORITE VALENTINE IS my husband. He's my best friend.

• MY FAVORITE PLACE TO BE IS wherever he is. We love to water ski on Lake Ouachita.

• TO PREVENT FATIGUE I exercise. Walk. We probably do Two Rivers Park the most because it's the closest to the house. We always see deer when we go there, and I love that.

• CHOCOLATE IS wonderful. It's a necessity of life. Besides that, it has flavonoids in it and, in little degrees, it's good for you.

• MY CLOSET IS FULL OF red. Red for women and heart disease. I wear it all the time.

• I COLLECT hearts and unicorns (with mended horns because boys play ball in the house).

• ACCORDING TO MY HIGH SCHOOL APTITUDE TESTS I should be a forest ranger.

• IF I HADN'T BECOME A NURSE I WOULD: I would never, ever have not. I love it.

• THE THING THAT MAKES ME SADDEST IS when I see people trashing this state, throwing litter and cutting down trees that could be saved. I really love the nature and the beauty of Arkansas, and I hope people appreciate what they have.

• ONE WORD TO SUM ME UP: tenacious

Endowment gifts solicited

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing is looking for donors to endow a chair in women's cardiovascular health. Donate $500,000, and you get to name it.

The fund, posted on the UAMS website Jan. 30, has raised more than $100,000. But a chair takes $1 million. To endow a professorship takes $500,000.

More information is at giving.uams.edu or call the development office at (501) 526-8950.

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