WomenHeart Houston Welcomes New Champion & Ambassador

The Texas Heart Institute (THI) Women’s Center is proud to welcome its tenth WomenHeart Champion, Tannie Coward. 

Tannie participated in the first virtual Science & Leadership Symposium for WomenHeart Champions this fall. She now joins a growing network of volunteers around the country, helping to connect women living with heart disease in their communities.

As a founding member of WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance, THI invites women from the Houston community to become official THI Community Ambassadors and attend WomenHeart’s annual volunteer leadership training each year. Tannie attended several webcasts and pre-recorded sessions with faculty over the five-week program. In addition to learning about heart health, how to share her heart story, and the importance of mental health and wellness, Tannie and her colleagues dialogued about diversity and inclusion and its impact on heart health.

Tannie is a 5 year CHF Survivor.  She retired after 33 years of serving the Criminal Justice community in both Harris and Dallas County. Most recently, Tannie retired from Serving the Houston Wedding Community as The Owner of her own business DeVine Choices Wedding & Event Planning.

In her free time, Tannie likes to play golf, travel, read, and volunteer with her Church. Tannie is a proud graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. “I am inspired daily by my Husband, Oscar, and 3 adult Children, Tannae’, Danielle and Desmond,” said Tannie.




Tannie will join the WomenHeart Houston support network to increase awareness and connect women to one another to promote meaningful discussions and friendship.

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Texas Heart Institute (THI), founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research, education, and improved patient care. Participating in research programs in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, stem cell, and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine, THI’s scientists and physicians are spearheading some of the most innovative research in the medical field. Through its translational basic and clinical research programs, Texas Heart Institute is learning more every day about the underlying causes of heart disease and the ways to better treat and even prevent it. With initiatives ranging from postdoctoral and continued medical education to public outreach and scientific publications, THI is dedicated to spreading awareness and sharing updates on ways to prevent, treat, and defeat cardiovascular disease. With nearly 10 million visitors coming to its website from around the world every year, www.texasheart.org is just one of the ways THI is helping to educate people on the importance of heart health. As global leaders of patient care for nearly six decades, Texas Heart Institute has been ranked among the top cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for the past 30 years.