From The Heart
07/24/2014 11:15AM ● Published by Enjoy Magazine
MENDED HEARTS is a national and community-based non-profit organization that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, now aligned with the American College of Cardiology, Mended Hearts is celebrating 60 years of service. They have more than 300 local chapters and satellites nationwide, and they partner with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Mended Hearts offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums. The North State has two chapters: Mercy Medical Center Redding and St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.
Support groups help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease diagnosis. Members listen, share their experiences and volunteer to talk to other heart patients about what they may face, including lifestyle changes, depression, recovery and treatment. Mended Hearts volunteers offer peer-to-peer support to patients, family members and caregivers via hospital visiting (an in-person visit from a Mended Hearts volunteer during recovery), online visiting (email check-ins and providing materials electronically) and phone visiting to provide a word of hope.
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit www.mendedhearts.org, www.redding.mercy.org or www.stjosepheureka.org.