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Mended Hearts & SVMH form new chapter for outreach and support to heart patients

What: Charter Presentation
When: Saturday, December 18, 2010, 10:00 am
Where: Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Cislini Plaza Conference Room

According to the American Heart Association 70 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease - directly or indirectly touching every household. In an effort to increase support for heart patients in the Salinas area, local volunteers have formed a chapter of Mended Hearts - a National Heart Patient Support organization.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a National Non-profit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, health care professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and care givers for 50 years, and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.

With 280 community based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members making it the nation's largest heart related patient support group. While the heart patient to patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals are a few examples of potentially interested persons. Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social/special events and other volunteer activities.

On Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. in Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital's Cislini Plaza Conference Room, Mended Hearts Western Regional Manager, George Mitchell, and Assistant Regional Director, Patrick Farrant will present Salinas Chapter #370 with the Chapter Charter, recognize Charter Members, and Swear In the Officers.

For more information about this event, or about how you can become involved in Mended Hearts, please contact the SVMH Volunteer Services Department at 831-755-0772 or volunteer@svmh.com.


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