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From The Heart

07/24/2014 11:15AM ● By Enjoy Magazine
Photo: Betsy Erickson

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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Mended Hearts is built upon the principles of service, charity and partnership. Businesses, community organizations and individuals can help them offer hope and educate patients about cardiovascular health, empowering them as they manage a heart-healthy lifestyle. Become a member of a local chapter, join the conversation on Inspire, Facebook or Twitter, get matched with volunteer opportunities, make a tax-deductible donation to fund their educational programs or provide a corporate sponsorship. To become an Accredited Mended Hearts Visitor at your local hospital, you must have experienced a “heart event” (bypass, stents, valve, etc). Mended Hearts at Mercy Medical Center in Redding is currently looking for volunteers who would like to become Accredited Visitors. For more information on how to volunteer,  please contact Barbara Grosch at (530) 549 4872.