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Hope

 

It begins with you.

 

Our Chapter Objectives

 

We are heart patient and caregiver volunteers, adults young and old, providing support and hope to patients and their caregivers from the diagnosis of heart disease through treatment and beyond.

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Mended Hearts

The Bellingham Chapter of Mended Hearts normally meets monthly to offer support and information to all heart patients in our community.  Our speakers are cardiologists, heart surgeons, nutritionists, and other health care professionals who offer insights into improving our heart health. 

 

For more information please go to our Contact Page to send a message or contact our message line at 360-788-6928.

From Our Chapter Interim President,

Marilynn Huffman

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Didn’t we have a wonderful time at the Anniversary Celebration?  Nearly 100 members, their guests and many of our wonderful friends from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, were on hand to celebrate our ten-year history.  Our special guests from Mended Hearts International (MHI) were Al Voss, Treasurer, and his wife Kristie, MHI staff accountant, as well as Field Services and Communications Director, Mandy Sandkuhler.

 

We were so honored to review our chapter’s ten-year history with all of you.  But what we have accomplished is not the important thing we celebrate.  We celebrate the lives that have been touched, decisions that have been made and hearts that have been healed.  We celebrate our wonderful volunteers and what we will accomplish! As Dr. John MacGregor put it, “We have been through the weirdest time we may ever go through.  We have been through a global pandemic”.  Things are beginning to return to some degree of normalcy so we need to return to our mission of supporting heart patients and their caregivers.  It is not what we have done that counts, it what we will do!  And we know that we can count on each of you to help us do that!

 

The holidays will soon be here.  It’s a time to reflect on our good fortune and share it with others who need our help.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to all our Mended Hearts friends.

Job Well Done – More to Do

 
Young Mended Hearts

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Since April, 2015, we've been inviting all young heart patients (18 to 55) and their families to join other young heart patients and their families for an informal monthly get-together to discuss the common issues, challenges and successes of being a young heart patient.​

Please join us.  Follow us on Facebook!

    Young Mended Hearts of NorthWest Washington

 

For more information about Young Mended Hearts, please contact Jessica Morton at rogers.jar@gmail.com

or Dianna Konrad at dmk9@sbcglobal.net

Are You Having Open Heart
Surgery Soon?

Before You Do, Would You Like to Talk with
Someone Who Has?

You can get information and questions answered about what it’s like to go through open heart surgery by watching this video featuring two Mended Heart volunteers who share their experiences as open heart surgery patients.  You can also speak with either of these volunteers by contacting them through our “Contact” page.

Our sincere thanks to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center for their encouragement and production of this video. 

Awards

Together, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Mended Hearts Bellingham are making a difference in our community by supporting heart patients and their caregiver families.  These efforts have been acknowledged by the international headquarters of The Mended Hearts, Inc., Albany, GA, with the following awards:

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2020 Western Region Volunteer of the Year

PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center

2018 National Hospital of the Year

 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center

2017 Regional Hospital of the Year

 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center

2016 Regional Hospital of the Year

 

Mended Hearts, Bellingham

2015 President’s Cup Award

For outstanding service in our community

 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center

2014 Regional Hospital of the Year

The Western Region of Mended Hearts chapters includes the states of California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii

 

Bequests and Gifts

We sincerely appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity behind the bequests and gifts given to our chapter.  This helps us remember and honor those special people while continuing our promise to support all heart patients and their families in our community.

 

The Ingram Family, Shirley McCraw, The Bishop Family and The Dircks Family, all close friends of Charlie Heinemann and his family, have made a generous gift to our Mended Hearts chapter in memory of John Heinemann.

Scott Swanson presented a generous gift to our Mended Hearts chapter as a bequest from the estate of his parents, Philip and Joyce Swanson.

The estate of Stephen James Brewster made a significant donation to the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation in honor of Mended Hearts, Bellingham.  A cath lab patient room in St. Joseph’s Cardiovascular Center will be named:

Stephen James Brewster

In Honor of Mended Hearts