Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, their families and caregivers. Mended Hearts volunteers visit patients in the hospital offering reassurance and sharing personal experiences about their heart disease, treatment and recovery. Volunteers also visit family members and caregivers. In addition to visits, Mended Hearts hosts support group meetings and educational forums. Support groups help people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after heart disease.
When does the group meet?The Mended Hearts group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August. Meeting alternate between St. Rita's Medical Center and Lima Memorial Hospital. St. Rita's hosts the meetings in January, March, May, September and November in Rooms #1 & #2 in the Auxiliary Conference Center, 718 West Market, Lima, Ohio. Nutritious refreshments are always served at the meetings.
Who can attend Mended Hearts? What can I expect at support group meetings?
Open heart patients, their family members and caregivers are invited to attend this free support group. The group also welcomes patients with other types of heart disorders. During the meetings, participants will hear information on a variety of subject areas followed by a chapter meeting. Topic areas may include:
- Specifics about heart disorders and other heart-related issues
Presenters are doctors, nurses and other health team members. Those interested in becoming volunteers and/or joining the national Mended Hearts group may ask the details at the support group meetings.