What is Mended Hearts all about?
Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit
organization affiliated with the American
College of Cardiology, has been offering the
gift of hope to heart disease patients, their
families and caregivers for more than 60
years. Total membership is around 10,000.
Mended Hearts began in 1951 when
Dr. Dwight Harken, Chief of Cardiothoracic
Surgery at Brigham Hospital in Boston, saw a
need for a support group to help his patients
after they had undergone heart surgery. The
Greater Rochester Chapter 50 was established]in 1966.
Mended Hearts brings together patients,
spouses, family, and medical professionals to
form a network of caring individuals.
Our chapter visits over 750 patients a year
recovering from heart procedures and
surgery at both Rochester General and
Strong Memorial Hospitals.
Our Chapter offers These Benefits.
. Meeting new people and making new friends
. The chance to become a volunteer visitor
at Rochester General Hospital or Strong Memorial Hospital.
. We normally meet 10 months, either meetings or special events. At these meetings are
Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Cardiologists,
Pharmacists, Dietitians, Cardio Rehab Nurses,
etc., speaking on heart -related subjects. All
meetings are free and open to the public.
. Our meetings have been at the Irondequoit
Library, Webster Columbus Center, Gates Library. This information will be posted under Meetings.
. Canandaguia has meetings and when that
becomes available it a;so will be posted