In cooperation with SOMC, Mended Hearts forms new chapter in Portsmouth

In an effort to secure support for a growing number of heart patients in the Portsmouth area, Mended Hearts, Inc. is happy to announce the formation of its newest chapter in cooperation with SOMC.

Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 300 community-based chapters nationwide and 18,000 members nationwide, Mended Hearts is the largest heart-related patient support group in the United States.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 60 years and we hope to keep that tradition alive right here in Portsmouth with as much outreach and support as possible.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts program, volunteers do not have to be heart patients. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

The group’s next meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. March 20 at the Friends Community Center. For more information, call 740-356-7663.