Mended Hearts chapter offers hope to heart patients.
Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years.
Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics and offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums. Our mission is to “inspire hope in heart disease patients and their families.”
Because Mended Hearts is made up of the very kinds of people it serves—heart patients, their families, and others impacted by heart disease—its members draw on personal experience as they help others. Mended Hearts support groups help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences, learn from healthcare professionals and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face, including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery and treatment. Annually, Mended Hearts volunteers make 227,000 hospital visits to patients and 30,000 visits to family members and caregivers.
Mended Hearts Chapter #314 was established in March 2003 at Saint Francis Hospital. There are currently 35 members, including 11 visitors whose mission is to offer help, support and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families. Chapter #314 sponsors monthly meetings and conducts educational programs for members, heart disease patients and their families. Mended Hearts offers training to members to become accredited visitors. Visitors offer empathy to patients because they have experienced heart disease themselves.
The Saint Francis Hospital Mended Hearts Chapter meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm at Saint Francis Hospital, Medical Services Building, Room 104.
For more information about Saint Francis’ Mended Hearts Chapter or to become a member, please contact Mary at 302.996.0555.