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The First 60 Years Our Foundation for the Future

This slideshow was made possible by the wonderful 50-year history compiled by Mary Shreve, Richmond, VA. If you haven’t read it, you should.

Three score and one year ago... …it all began

IN THE 1950’s • The Korean War

• “I Love Lucy” • The Big Mac

• The first credit card • The first business computer • MENDED HEARTS WAS FORMED!!

OUR HUMBLE BEGINNING In 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.”

The patients said:

“It’s great to be alive!” Dr. Harken added:

“and to help others!”

DR. 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.”

1953 The First Annual Meeting

Boston, Massachusetts June 1953 About 50 Attendees

4TH ANNUAL MEETING First Souvenir Book & Self-Supporting Meeting

1954 First Accredited Visitor

• Lee Bowden • Ida Chartkoff was the second

1956 First Hospital Visiting Booklet • “Rigid rules” for visiting • First page required two

physician signatures

THE MENDED HEARTS, INC. • Mended Hearts was incorporated in 1955 in Massachusetts • Constitution and Bylaws were adopted • 1956 MHI received tax exempt status for an organization “operated exclusively for charitable and organizational purposes.”

1958 First Chapter Outside of Massachusetts Nashville, Tennessee, Chapter 29

IN THE 1960’s • Star Trek • JFK & Jackie • Neil Armstrong • NY Jets in Super Bowl • MENDED HEARTS CONTINUES TO GROW & THRIVE

1960’s •

1960 “Instructional Bulletin #2, Mended-Hearts Home Visiting” booklet created

1960 First Newsletter Committee established

1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson presented with an Associate Membership and pin

1964 First Finance Committee was established

1967 National dues had been raised from $2 to $3,

and MHI had its first balanced budget.

1964 National Office Opens • Office was at Carrie Hall Nurses’ Residence at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital • Mr. Saul Ages of Ottowa, Canada donated money to pay for 3 years • The first paid worker worked 12 hours per week

Convention 1966 Greater Boston Chapter

1967 The Red Rose Becomes Symbol of Mended Hearts

Stands for the love and courage of all mended hearts

1969 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.

1969 First Advocacy • Life insurance companies began to refuse to

accept valve replacement surgery patients • Drs. Harken, DeBakey, Cooley, & Kantrowitz

showed this surgery was “life-giving life insurance in the best sense of the word.”

IN THE 1970’s • Hank Aaron bested Babe

• Age of Aquarius • Mark Spitz took gold • Godfather the movie • We were asking, “Where’s the beef?” • MENDED HEART HAS THE BEEF!

1970 First Research Project College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University in NY About 2,000 Mended Hearts participated

Showed there is indeed good life after heart surgery


San Diego Convention

Mended Hearts Having Fun

1973 Regions Established

• Northeastern

• Midwest

• Eastern

• Southwest

• Southeastern

• Western Pacific

1973 Organizational Study • Insurance companies wondered how self-help

organizations could affect them. • Top psychologists studied 50 participants

• Ellnor Gammage represented Mended Hearts • Mended Hearts is the 2nd oldest self-help organization.

Alcoholics anonymous is the oldest.

1974 Emblem Registered

1982 Emblem Must Be On All Materials with ® Symbol

2002 Emblem Used Today





Boston, Massachusetts 20th

1975 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

Insurance companies wanted to stop issuing driver’s licenses to heart surgery patients.

Mended Hearts got a $1 million governmentfunded study going with 1,000 patients that showed heart surgery patients were safer drivers than those refusing surgery.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION • 1974 May/June Reader’s Digest published an article on the work of Mended Hearts

• 1975 National television broadcast, Over Easy, featured Mended Hearts

1970’s Smoking is Bad For Your Heart No more smoking at Mended Hearts’ meetings

1979 Home Office Moves To Dallas AHA Donates Space

AHA 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.”

THE YOUNGEST VISITORS • 7-year old Eric Frohn, Chapter 76, Jackson, MS was granted visiting privileges in the 1970’s • Frohn was featured in Heartbeat 1975 visiting children with a stuffed Snoopy hand-embroidered by his mother • 1978 San Diego accredited 9-year old Brandy Rae Wiedenhuff who had heart surgery: 1968, pulmonary artery bonding and 1974, VSD closure.

IN THE 1980’s • USA Today • Mike Douglas in Wall Street • First woman on Supreme Court • Compact disc • “Who shot JR?” • MENDED HEARTS DID NOT SHOOT JR

RESEARCH PROVES VALUE OF MENDED HEARTS Sister Patricia Miller, University of Nebraska College of Nursing

Mended 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.

1981 VISITS TOP 100,000!

1980’s • 1982 Annual dues: individual dues to $10, family dues to $15 • 1982

President’s Cup Award and Newsletter Award started

• 1982

Visiting program includes non-surgical patients

• 1983

Regions realigned to 8 regions

• 1983

Use “visit” rather than “visitation”

1982 Children with Congenital Cardiac Conditions • Coordinator appointed for visiting children • Committee to consider

sponsoring children’s cardiac camps • 1982 10 chapters report active pediatric visiting programs

1984 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.


IN THE 1990’s • US troops in Persian Gulf

• OJ Simpson Trial • Dolly, the sheep, was cloned • Dances with Wolves movie • “Think outside the box” is common phrase • MENDED HEARTS THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX


1990’s • 1990 PATH Pack developed for visiting • 1990 Chapter Organizational Manual rewritten • 1991 Mended Hearts on the World Wide Web from Ohio Chapter • 1992 Endowment Fund established, goal of $250,000 by 2002 • 1993 Visitor Training Manual developed

• 1997 Internet Visiting was started with 40 accredited visitors • 1997 National website created

1997 First Mended Hearts Telephone Line

FIRST NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON Miss Seattle, Anna Ellin Johansson

2000’s A New Milleneum • Tom Hanks in Castaway • AOL merges with Time Warner • Senator Hillary Clinton • Twin Towers

• Harry Potter does magic • MENDED HEARTS ALSO DOES MAGIC

2001 Work of MHI Recognized by State Legislature Recognized by General Assembly of the Commonwealth in Richmond, Virginia

House Joint Resolution 270 commended the work of Mended Hearts

2002 New National Spokesperson Dan Reeves, Coach of Atlanta Falcons

2002 First Partnership with National Pharmaceutical Company • Funded mailing of MHI information to 60,000 cardiac physicians • Created first national radio and television promotions for MHI

FAMOUS PARTNER Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus • “Do More for Your Heart” program to educate people to reduce heart attack risk • Joined with Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and Monarch Pharmaceuticals to raise $100,000 for MHI—based on his performance in Senior PGA Tour events

2002 Mended Hearts Staff Standing: Mary Brink, Secretary Bonna Kol, Executive Dir. Krystn Vertz, Bookkeeper Sitting: Regina Dixon, Field Service Dir.; Cathy Clapp, Executive Asst; Linda Beeson, Office Mgr

2003 MENDED HEARTS AT ACC Mended Hearts makes its first appearance at American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions

2004 Mended Little Hearts is Born! National volunteer and Executive Committee member, Tita Hutchins, helps Mended Little Hearts form.

2004 First 6 MLH Groups • Fresno, CA 4/29

• Hollywood, FL 5/5 • Winston-Salem 6/14

• Spearfish, SD 6/28 • Toledo, OH 11/9 • Des Moines, IA 12/20


2004 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!

2005 NEWSWEEK Publishes Article About Mended Hearts

2006 LPGA Hall of Famer, Nancy Lopez and Baseball Legend Ray Knight Join Mended Hearts

2006 US NEWS & WORLD REPORT Publishes an Article About Mended Hearts

2007 Mended Little Hearts • Program expands to 25 groups • First MLH staff, Jodi Lemacks, is hired thanks to grant from Edwards LifeSciences • First Leadership Training at MHI Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas

2007 MLH’S First Leadership Training San Antonio

2008 VISITS TOP 200,000!

2008 Mended Hearts was recognized as a source for patients in the American Heart Association’s announcement of new recommended treatment guidelines for heart patients.

2009 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.”

CHD LOBBY DAY Mended Little Hearts co-hosts its first annual Congenital Heart Defect Lobby Day in 2008 In 2010 the Congenital Heart Futures Act is passed into law The Act is funded with $2 million in 2011 for CHD Research and Surveillance

2009 Mended Hearts partners with SCAI to launch its Cath Outreach Program for cath lab visiting.

2010 to 2012 • Earthquakes in Haiti & Japan • Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Rig Explodes • Chilean miners were rescued • Prince William marries Kate Middleton

• Steve Jobs dies • Toy Story 3 and Transformers 3 movies on top of box office charts • MENDED HEARTS AND MENDED LITTLE HEARTS


2011 Mended Hearts aligns with the American College of Cardiology, signing a 5-year agreement to work together to help heart patients and their families

2011 MLH Joins The EC Mended Little Hearts elects its first member of the Mended Hearts Executive Committee, Susan Vanderpool

FALL 2011 New Visiting Materials Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts launch new accredited visiting materials, including a DVD, visitor handbook, and training guide.

2011 Houston Chapter 38 Celebrates 50 Years The second oldest Mended Hearts Chapter

January 1 - May 16, 2012 • Executive 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!

2012 Celebrating 60 Years! Our Future is in Your Hands

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