February is American Heart Month! This is a time to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, support advances in heart research. We recognize those heart patients who are fighting and winning the heart disease war.
This year, The Mended Hearts, a national volunteer, community-based organization offering hope, encouragement and support to heart patients. Aligned with the American College of Cardiology, will celebrate its 61st anniversary. The theme, Our Foundation for the Future, recognizes our established foundation built over the years. This will continue to support our future endeavors. We know from experience, scientific studies confirm that a patient-to-patient visiting program is often a critical component in a patient’s recovery and return to a fulfilling life.
The Southwest Georgia Mended Hearts Chapter 165 conducts an accredited visiting program at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Our local Mended Hearts Chapter is in its 30th year of service. Our volunteers visit heart patients and their families in the hospital when they need us most. Our members also make follow-up visits, telephone calls and answer lifestyle questions. We also write letters and emails to offer emotional support and encouragement. Perhaps most important of all, we listen.
Our motto is: “It’s Great to be Alive and to Help Others.” During this American Heart Month we invite current heart patients to request a hospital visit and those who have recovered to become involved in helping others.
To learn more about the services and outreach we offer to heart patients, please contact Nancy Askey, president, at (229) 435-6453 or Sam Foster, membership chairman, at (229) 436-7140.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Nancy Askey is president of Mended Hearts, Southwest Georgia Chapter 165. The organization can be reached at 1 (888) HEART99 [1 (888) 432-7899] or obline at www.mendedhearts.org.