4IN THE 1950’s The Korean War “I Love Lucy” The Big Mac The first credit cardThe first business computerMENDED HEARTS WAS FORMED!!
5OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGIn January 1951, post-heart surgery patients, Doris Siliman, Keith Otto, Alphonse Santamassimo and Elizabeth Wilkinson, started a “support group” at the suggestion of Dr. Dwight Harken. They called themselves, “The Mended Hearts.”
6“It’s great to be alive!” The patients said:“It’s great to be alive!”Dr. Harken added:“and to help others!”
8DR. DWIGHT E. HARKEN “Father of Heart Surgery” The first surgeon to have repeated success with heart surgery.“We discovered that the heart wasn’t such a mysterious and untouchable thing after all.”
9Boston, Massachusetts June 1953 About 50 Attendees The First Annual MeetingBoston, Massachusetts June About 50 Attendees
104TH ANNUAL MEETING First Souvenir Book & Self-Supporting Meeting
111954 First Accredited Visitor Lee BowdenIda Chartkoff was the second
121956 First Hospital Visiting Booklet “Rigid rules” for visitingFirst page required twophysician signatures
13THE MENDED HEARTS, INC.Mended Hearts was incorporated in 1955 in MassachusettsConstitution and Bylaws were adopted1956 MHI received tax exempt status for an organization “operated exclusively for charitable and organizational purposes.”
141958 First Chapter Outside of Massachusetts Nashville, Tennessee, Chapter 29
15IN THE 1960’s Star Trek JFK & Jackie Neil Armstrong NY Jets in Super BowlMENDED HEARTS CONTINUES TO GROW & THRIVE
161960’s1960 “Instructional Bulletin #2, Mended-Hearts Home Visiting” booklet created1960 First Newsletter Committee established1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson presented with an Associate Membership and pin1964 First Finance Committee was established1967 National dues had been raised from $2 to $3, and MHI had its first balanced budget.
171964 National Office OpensOffice was at Carrie Hall Nurses’ Residence at Peter Bent Brigham HospitalMr. Saul Ages of Ottowa, Canada donated money to pay for 3 yearsThe first paid worker worked 12 hours per week
18Greater Boston Chapter Convention 1966Greater Boston Chapter
191967 The Red Rose Becomes Symbol of Mended Hearts Stands for the love and courage of all mended hearts
201969 FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MANUAL 10 Active Members Needed to Form a Chapter The manual concludes, “We must all remember that [The] Mended Hearts, Inc. is an affiliation of persons throughout the world who share a common bond. The national organization exists only because we have this affiliation - a number of chapters united with one goal - To Help Others. [The] Mended Hearts, Inc. is YOU and all your members. Do not let your members feel this is just a Boston or Houston Group or any other individual group running the show. Without your help, and all chapters like yours, the national organization could or would not be able to exist.
211969 First AdvocacyLife insurance companies began to refuse to accept valve replacement surgery patientsDrs. Harken, DeBakey, Cooley, & Kantrowitz showed this surgery was “life-giving life insurance in the best sense of the word.”
22IN THE 1970’s Age of Aquarius Mark Spitz took gold Godfather the movie Hank Aaron bested BabeAge of AquariusMark Spitz took goldGodfather the movieWe were asking, “Where’s the beef?”MENDED HEART HAS THE BEEF!
231970 First Research Project College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University in NYAbout 2,000 Mended Hearts participatedShowed there is indeed good life after heart surgery
241971 GOOD LIFE AFTER HEART SURGERY San Diego Convention
331975 National Executive Secretary Appointed “I hope the reopening of the Home Office here in Boston has been a giant step toward progress and the awakening to the fact that The Mended Hearts, Inc. is an organization that is no upstart group here today and gone tomorrow; but a vital, strong, healthy organization with roots and strength to function in a business-like manner.”Beverly Weiss
34Insurance companies wanted to stop issuing driver’s licenses to heart surgery patients. Mended Hearts got a $1 million government- funded study going with 1,000 patients that showed heart surgery patients were safer drivers than those refusing surgery.
35NATIONAL RECOGNITION1974 May/June Reader’s Digest published an article on the work of Mended Hearts1975 National television broadcast, Over Easy, featured Mended Hearts
361970’s Smoking is Bad For Your Heart No more smoking at Mended Hearts’ meetings
371979 Home Office Moves To Dallas AHA Donates Space
38AHA PRESENTS PLAQUE Marking One Year Under Same Roof Dr. James Schoenberger, President of the AHA“Even as doctors look to the physical wounds of the patients, Mended Hearts tends to the patients’ emotional needs by their visits. Those who are ill need both ministrations. To ensure they do receive both in the future, we (AHA) pledge to you (MHI) all possible cooperation. The plaque is a mark of that pledge.”
40THE YOUNGEST VISITORS7-year old Eric Frohn, Chapter 76, Jackson, MS was granted visiting privileges in the 1970’sFrohn was featured in Heartbeat visiting children with a stuffed Snoopy hand-embroidered by his mother1978 San Diego accredited 9-year old Brandy Rae Wiedenhuff who had heart surgery: 1968, pulmonary artery bonding and 1974, VSD closure.
41IN THE 1980’s USA Today Mike Douglas in Wall Street First woman on Supreme CourtCompact disc“Who shot JR?”MENDED HEARTS DID NOT SHOOT JR
42RESEARCH PROVES VALUE OF MENDED HEARTS Sister Patricia Miller, University of Nebraska College of NursingMended Hearts members return to work sooner and in greater numbers than patients with similar conditions who did not have the advantage and support of the organization.
441980’s 1982 Annual dues: individual dues to $10, family dues to $15 1982 President’s Cup Award and Newsletter Award started1982 Visiting program includes non-surgical patients1983 Regions realigned to 8 regions1983 Use “visit” rather than “visitation”
451982 Children with Congenital Cardiac Conditions Coordinator appointed for visiting childrenCommittee to consider sponsoring children’s cardiac campschapters report active pediatric visiting programs
461984 First Futures Conference Goals:1. Increase membership knowledge of the functions of Mended Hearts Chapters and the duties of officers and chairpersons.2. Reduce turnover of membership and increase the membership by offering our services to all heart related patients.3. Expand the paid professional staff of Mended Hearts to increase support to Regional Directors and Chapters.4. Improve the patient/family visiting program.5. Make the general public aware of Mended Hearts.6. Maximize the medical profession and hospital awareness and acceptance of program and its value to the heart patient.
47END OF 1980’s MENDED HEARTS APPROACHES 100 CHAPTERS!
48IN THE 1990’s US troops in Persian Gulf OJ Simpson Trial Dolly, the sheep, was clonedDances with Wolves movie“Think outside the box” is common phraseMENDED HEARTS THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX
501990’s 1990 PATH Pack developed for visiting 1990 Chapter Organizational Manual rewritten1991 Mended Hearts on the World Wide Web from Ohio Chapter1992 Endowment Fund established, goal of $250,000 by 20021993 Visitor Training Manual developed1997 Internet Visiting was started with 40 accredited visitors1997 National website created
52FIRST NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON Miss Seattle, Anna Ellin Johansson
532000’s A New Milleneum Tom Hanks in Castaway AOL merges with Time WarnerSenator Hillary ClintonTwin TowersHarry Potter does magicMENDED HEARTS ALSO DOES MAGIC
542001 Work of MHI Recognized by State Legislature Recognized by General Assembly of the Commonwealth in Richmond, VirginiaHouse Joint Resolution 270 commended the work of Mended Hearts
552002 New National Spokesperson Dan Reeves, Coach of Atlanta Falcons
562002 First Partnership with National Pharmaceutical Company Funded mailing of MHI information to 60,000 cardiac physiciansCreated first national radio and television promotions for MHI
57FAMOUS PARTNER Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus “Do More for Your Heart” program to educate people to reduce heart attack riskJoined with Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and Monarch Pharmaceuticals to raise $100,000 for MHI—based on his performance in Senior PGA Tour events
582002 Mended Hearts StaffStanding: Mary Brink, Secretary Bonna Kol, Executive Dir.Krystn Vertz, BookkeeperSitting:Regina Dixon, Field Service Dir.; Cathy Clapp, Executive Asst; Linda Beeson, Office Mgr
592003 MENDED HEARTS AT ACCMended Hearts makes its first appearance at American College of CardiologyScientific Sessions
602004 Mended Little Hearts is Born! National volunteer and Executive Committee member, Tita Hutchins, helps Mended Little Hearts form.
61FRESNO: SANDY BRIGGS, LISA PINEDO, WAFAA SIQUEIROS 2004 First 6 MLH GroupsFresno, CA 4/29Hollywood, FL 5/5Winston-Salem 6/14Spearfish, SD 6/28Toledo, OH 11/9Des Moines, IA 12/20FRESNO: SANDY BRIGGS, LISA PINEDO, WAFAA SIQUEIROS
622004 Mended Hearts Volunteer Honored by President of United States of America Sid Harris of Youngwood, Ohio was presented an award for outstanding volunteer of Forum Heath Medical Center by President George Bush, Sr. … in person!
632005 NEWSWEEK Publishes Article About Mended Hearts
642006 LPGA Hall of Famer, Nancy Lopez and Baseball Legend Ray Knight Join Mended Hearts
652006 US NEWS & WORLD REPORT Publishes an Article About Mended Hearts
662007 Mended Little Hearts Program expands to 25 groups First MLH staff, Jodi Lemacks, is hired thanks to grant from Edwards LifeSciencesFirst Leadership Training at MHI Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas
672007 MLH’S First Leadership Training San Antonio
692008Mended Hearts was recognized as a source for patients in the American Heart Association’s announcement of new recommended treatment guidelines for heart patients.
702009 MLH Edits AHA Booklet For CHD Families Mended Little Hearts reviewed and helped edit American Heart Association’s booklet, “If Your Child Has A Congenital Heart Defect.”
71In 2010 the Congenital Heart Futures Act is passed into law CHD LOBBY DAYMended Little Hearts co-hosts its first annual Congenital Heart Defect Lobby Day in 2008In 2010 the Congenital Heart Futures Act is passed into lawThe Act is funded with $2 million in for CHD Research and Surveillance
722009Mended Hearts partners with SCAI to launch its Cath Outreach Program for cath lab visiting.
732010 to 2012 Earthquakes in Haiti & Japan Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Rig ExplodesChilean miners were rescuedPrince William marries Kate MiddletonSteve Jobs diesToy Story 3 and Transformers 3 movies on top of box office chartsMENDED HEARTS AND MENDED LITTLE HEARTS TO INFINITY AND BEYOND !
742011Mended Hearts aligns with the American College of Cardiology, signing a 5-year agreement to work together to help heart patients and their families
752011 MLH Joins The ECMended Little Hearts elects its first member of the Mended Hearts Executive Committee, Susan Vanderpool
76FALL 2011 New Visiting Materials Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts launch new accredited visiting materials, including a DVD, visitor handbook, and training guide.
772011 Houston Chapter 38 Celebrates 50 Years The second oldest Mended Hearts Chapter
78January 1 - May 16, 2012Executive Director, Karen Caruth, is hired in February!A Caregiver Committee is formed and ready to work! (Come to the Caregiver Workshop on Sunday.)The first MHI & MLH Speakers’ Bureau is formed!Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts celebrate our organization’s 60th Convention!
79Celebrating 60 Years! Our Future is in Your Hands 2012Celebrating 60 Years! Our Future is in Your Hands