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October 06, 2011

Cooking With Heart Central Florida Regional Hospital Iron Heart Cookoff benefits American Heart Association

Sanford, FL – Central Florida Regional Hospital will host the third annual Iron Heart Cookoff on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Lake Mary, Orlando North Hotel. WOFL FOX35 News Anchor Bob Frier will host this year’s event and all proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

Lawrence Vallario, M.D. of the Cardiovascular Center, P.A., the 2010 Iron Heart champion,
will defend his title against other physicians from Central Florida Regional Hospital’s Heart Institute,
including Wasim Ahmar, M.D., Longwood Cardiology, Ratan Ahuja, M.D., Florida Cardiopulmonary
Center, and Electrophysiologist Jorge Diaz, M.D. Each chef will receive an assortment of ingredients that
must be used in the dish they prepare. This year’s event will also feature members of Central Florida
Regional Hospital’s cardiac care team working for tips – all donations to the American Heart Association.

While the doctors are preparing their dishes, guests will have the opportunity to ask each chef
questions about heart health.

“As the leading provider of cardiac services in Seminole County, our team at Central Florida
Regional Hospital is committed to providing not only high quality care to our patients, but also to
educating our community on heart healthy lifestyle choices,” says Wendy Brandon, Chief Executive
Officer, Central Florida Regional Hospital. “The Iron Heart Cookoff is a fun way we can share important
information about taking care of your heart while also raising money to help the American Heart
Association fulfill their mission.”

A 226-bed full-service acute care hospital, Central Florida Regional Hospital has the only
full-service cardiac program in Seminole and West Volusia Counties, including Open Heart Surgery,
Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation as well as comprehensive
diagnostic services including a 64-slice CT Scanner. Central Florida Regional Hospital is an Accredited
Chest Pain Center (CPC) with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the Society of Chest Pain
Centers, providing immediate interventional treatment for STEMIs, the most deadly type of heart

Tickets for the Iron Heart Cookoff are $50 per person, $350 for a corporate table of eight. For
more information on Central Florida Regional Hospital Cardiac Services or the Iron Heart Cookoff call
407-302-7363 or visit us online at www.CentralFloridaRegional.com.