Non-Profit Mended Hearts Offers Support to Heart Disease Patients
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Mended Hearts (www.mendedhearts.org) is a national and community-based non-profit organization that has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for over sixty-eight years. As the largest peer-to-peer cardiovascular support organization in the world, Mended Hearts seeks to “To inspire hope and improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy”.
With more than 265 chapters in North American, Mended Hearts makes more than 230,000 visits each year to provide education, support and hope to all types of heart disease heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. They also serve more than 460 hospitals in North America.
Mended Hearts was founded by Dr. Dwight Emary Harken in 1951, a Harvard physician along with four of his open heart surgery patients. Dr. Harken is renown for introducing the concept of intensive care following surgery. In January 1951 he asked Doris Silliman, one of the first 50 patients to ever have heart surgery, and three other post-surgery heart patients to discuss how they felt following their surgeries. They spoke of their new feelings of well-being, their plans and hopes for the future with their “mended hearts.” They realized how wonderful it would be to provide support and help others facing the same challenges.
With the assistance of Dr. Harken they formed Mended Hearts, wrote up a charter and planned their membership contacts with the aid of the hospital workers. The first annual meeting of Mended Hearts was held in Boston in 1953.
In 2004, Mended Hearts expanded their reach to families whose children were born with a congenital heart defect and were also in need of the support that Mended Hearts provided.
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