Spotlight Series

Each month, for the next 10 months leading up to our 10th Annual Women's Heart Symposium we will be spotlighting an individual who has benefited, supported or has been involved with Have a Heart Save a Heart Charity. 

We wanted to share what our mission means to those who stand by it. 

Tricia Drum - Lal, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Westside Internal Medicine

What is your involvement with Have a Heart Save a Heart?


I am a post-partum cardiomyopathy & CHF patient at Pacific Heart Institute.  In addition, I am a Physician Assistant who worked at St. Johns Emergency room for 20 years.  Currently I am working at Westside Internal Medicine with Dr. Ernie Prudente.  I have been blessed to see all the amazing things Have a Heart Save a Heart has done for so many women over the past few years.  It is really an amazing organization, that can help so many women.


Why do you support Have a Heart Save a Heart?


 I support HAHSAH because being a mom and a medical professional with heart disease is a very scary thing.  Fortunately, I have been so lucky to have two amazing doctors at PHI working with me to help save my heart.   Dr. Weinberg and Dr. Vander Zee have both helped me through the hardest time in my life, and they are both incredible women.  Being a healthcare provider, I have always had the need to serve others, and after many years of stress and long shifts working in the ER, I eventually learned what it meant to be on the other side as a patient.  Many years of stress and lack of quality sleep definitely had an adverse effect on my heart.   After having my second child, I developed Cardiomyopathy & CHF, thankfully it resolved but then re-occurred 5 years later.  The second time around was a real wakeup call and it made me realize that I needed to change things.  I have had many up and downs over the years, but thankfully it has all worked out for the best. I do believe everything happens for a reason.  I am grateful for all those who have helped get me through the past 7 years.  I will never forget all of the kindness and wonderful healthcare that I have received.


What resonates with you the most about the Have a Heart Save a Heart mission?


Have a Heart Save a Hearts mission resonates with me because I have personally benefited from what they are providing.  From the cutting-edge technology, seminars, health and wellness programs, there is so much to offer so many women.  The doctors behind HAHSAH have directly helped save my life, in so many different ways.  Finally, I believe that all of the education and awareness they bring to the community is going to help so many other women in the years to come and that is really remarkable.