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National Heart News - August 2014

It's hard to believe that the summer is nearly over, as everyone involved with Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts have stayed quite busy.

First and foremost, you may have noticed a change on our websites, emails and social media --- a new logo for Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts! After a lengthy process by the Board of Directors, these new logos were selected to embrace our long history of service and represent a bright future for this compassionate, caring organization. The red ribbon simultaneously celebrates and mends the heart. It is a symbol of passion, strength, action, and perseverance. In the coming months, you'll begin to see new educational and marketing materials, along with merchandise with our new logo. I hope you'll embrace the logos as much as we already have. Click here to read a personal memo regarding the logo selection process.

We are well underway in our nomination process for new Board Members. We can't do it without you, our volunteers! Our National Board provides guidance and direction for Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts. Elections for MHI national officers will be held in early 2015 and applications are being accepted through September 15, 2014. Please review the Election Procedures which outline all procedures for nominating and electing officers. The forms are also available to download from the officers' area at www.mendedhearts.org. Questions? You can email Wayne Lawson. You can make a difference!

Programs and Initiatives

I'm delighted to announce that Mended Hearts has received a national grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to implement an educational initiative on AFib and AFib-related stroke. This grant is in partnership with HeartCaring, a cardiovascular outreach program in hospitals. Together Mended Hearts volunteer members and HeartCaring designated providers will work to increase awareness to action as consumers learn about atrial fibrillation (AFib) and resulting increased risk of AFib related stroke.

Fifty Mended Hearts chapters will be participating in this initiative. These chapters will provide educational tools to patients on AFib and stroke. They will also host an educational event on AFib and stroke during the fall. The initiative kicks off in September, AFib Awareness month, and runs through December 2014.

The two texting programs on Atrial Fibrillation and Medication Adherence closed in June. For those individuals who signed up to receive the texts, the program will continue until the texts are completed. No new subscribers for the texting program are being accepted at this time.

Also, the Quantifying the Impact patient survey will close on August 18. On behalf of the entire Board, I'd like to thank the Mended Hearts volunteers who promoted this survey to patients in their communities. Your efforts to drive patient participation made a BIG difference...THANK YOU! The results of the survey will be analyzed and a final report will be available in late fall.

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As of July 31, the National Day of Giving event raised over $35,000 for Mended Hearts. It was wonderful to see so many chapters and individuals honor Dr. Harken and Mended Hearts. A complete review and recognition of all donors will be a feature article in the fall issue of Heartbeat magazine.

Lastly, we've completed our national annual audit and have submitted the national 990 to the IRS. We are in the process of submitting all state registrations and 990's for every Mended Hearts chapter and Mended Little Hearts groups. All chapters/groups will be receiving a copy of the confirmation of their 990 submission as it is received from the IRS. Contact Janette Edwards for additional information.

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Gus Littlefield, President, MHI

 

Dear Mended Hearts Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Michele Packard-Milam, CAE as the http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs121/1102823503828/img/403.jpgnew Executive Director of Mended Hearts. In Michele's new role, she will be responsible for new business development, brand strategy execution, financial oversight of the organization, and collaboration with our partners, sponsors, the Corporate Advisory Council, and the American College of Cardiology to improve the health and quality of heart patients nationwide.

Michele brings a wealth of non-profit management, branding and communications experience to Mended Hearts. In her previous position as Executive Director of the Emergency Medicine Resident's Association, she grew membership to its highest level while increasing revenue through the execution of new publishing and sponsorship strategies. Michele is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has significant experience in directing and executing membership and business development initiatives for non-profit organizations. During her tenure at the American Heart Association, Michele led new web and marketing strategies to increase traffic to over 500,000 visitors monthly. She is an experienced speaker and facilitator, and her many talents will be an asset to Mended Hearts.

Michele hails from Dallas, TX where she lives with her husband and three children. Michele can be reached via email at Michele.packardmilam@mendedhearts.org.

I'd also like to thank Jodi Lemacks for serving as the interim Executive Director. Jodi has worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to lead and support our staff in the execution of our many programs.

Once again, I'd like to thank everyone for their continued support of Mended Hearts. With your many contributions, we can enable heart patients' young and old to live healthier, fuller lives.

Heartfully yours,

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Gus Littlefield, President, MHI


VISITING VIGNETTES

 

A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Dr. Fredonia B. Williams

Mended Hearts National Visiting Chair

 

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I Thank You for Giving Back!

Your role as accredited visitors is extremely important to heart patients and their families. You are Mended Hearts' most important resource for inspiring hope in patients, parents of CHD children and caregivers. Thank you for being involved in the visiting program, the foundation in which Mended Hearts was formed. Accredited visitors are themselves exceptional patients, parents and caregivers who show the value of giving back by giving of themselves again.

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As we continue to conduct our survey for Quantifying the Impact of Peer-to-Peer Support, we encourage you to follow up with your patients to increase our participation in the survey. During our April conference calls, several excellent suggestions were shared. One of the suggestions was the follow-up call which is already part of our visiting protocol. This is important not only to remind patients to go online and complete the survey at www.mendedhearts.org/survey, but also because patients and their families need to know that accredited visitors care about the patient and family. The Peer-to-Peer survey project has been extended into fall to provide adequate sample size and reach our goal of 500 completed surveys. So, please continue to encourage survey feedback!

Since we began Visiting Vignettes, accredited visitors shared differences in how chapters across the country work to be in compliance with various hospital rules and regulations. In spite of those challenges and different interpretations, you are resilient and find ways to work within the guidelines and visit heart patients and families. I commend you for fostering good relationships with your hospitals to continue helping Mended Hearts carry out its mission of offering hope and encouragement to heart patients and their family members. Across the country, accredited visitors with the support of their hospitals logged more than 215,000 visits in 2013. Members continue to be there to listen and share their own experiences, answer questions and offer encouragement. Thank you for becoming an accredited visitor and for giving to others from the heart. add

At our upcoming national conference in Indianapolis, I am facilitating one of the concurrent sessions, "Gear up your Visiting Program." I would love to share what you are doing in your chapter to recruit accredited visitors, retain and recognize them. Where do you market Mended Hearts? Feel free to email me pictures and/or ideas and techniques that I might include in the session.

beach-ball.jpg Throughout the summer months, some of the Mended Hearts chapters break until the fall. Visiting Vignettes will also suspend until September. Heart disease doesn't take a break, so I thank you for your commitment to the visiting program throughout the summer.

Monday, May 26th is Memorial Day. I love the poem written by Father Dennis O'Brien, United States Marine Corps.

It is the soldier, not the President who gives us Democracy.

It is the soldier, not the Congress who takes Care of us.

It is the soldier, not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.

It is the soldier, not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus [community] Organizer who has given us the Freedom to Demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, that allows the protester to burn the flag.

On Memorial Day and every day, our thanks go to our brave United States servicemen and servicewomen who allow us to lead our wonderful lives here in peace and freedom.

With heartfelt regards,

 

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Dr. Fredonia B. Williams

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