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CaroMont Health Hosts Regional Mended Hearts Meeting


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.