CaroMont Health hosted the Mended Hearts Mid-Atlantic cluster meeting at
CaroMont Regional Medical Center on Saturday, November 2. More than 29
regional and satellite chapters from North and South Carolina, Virginia,
District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware, as well as the local CaroMont
Regional Chapter, attended the meeting.
Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization
founded by Dwight Emary Harken, MD who started the program with three
of his own open heart surgery patients. The patients spoke of their new
feeling of health and well-being after surgery, which inspired the 60-year-old
program today that offers services to heart disease patients through visiting
programs, support group meetings and educational forums.
Every year, Mended Hearts volunteers across the globe gather to share ideas
and stories, learn from fellow volunteers and network. At this year’s
function, Lynn Berringer, National Vice President, presented Doug Luckett,
President and CEO at CaroMont Health, with the “Hospital of the
Year” “in grateful recognition of the hospital’s outstanding
service to Mended hearts, heart disease patients, and the community. The
hospital received the award earlier this year at the annual Mended Hearts
meeting in Dallas, TX.
“The value of Mended Hearts volunteers goes beyond simply providing
support to people who have or will be undergoing cardiac procedures,”
said Gary Mims, Cardiac Rehabilitation Manager at CaroMont. “By
hearing advice from the perspective of someone who has been there, patients
are more likely to take a positive approach to their heart disease, attend
cardiac rehabilitation, and begin living a new and healthier lifestyle.”
Guests enjoyed a full day of presentations from experts including Dr. Dustin
Letts with CaroMont Heart, Robert Epps, volunteer and patient advocate
for Aortic Health, and Laurie Mercer, Cardiac Heart Failure survivor and
health care supervisor.