The objectives of Mended Hearts are to offer help, support, and encouragement to heart disease patients and their families. Members achieve these objectives by:
> Visiting and offering encouragement and support to heart disease patients and their families or caregivers through local visiting programs. Accredited visitors provide these services through visits in hospitals, rehab centers, homes, by telephone, and through the Internet. Those interested in becoming a Mended Hearts visitor may contact Rick Morin (847 296-1236), Ron Vlcek (847 952-9670), or Tina Zagroba (847 277-9272).
> Through ongoing monthly meetings which provide timely information related to treatment and maintenance for members with heart disease and their families.
> Distributing information of specific educational value to members of Mended Hearts, Inc. and to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers.
> Establishing and maintaining a program of assistance to physicians, nurses, medical professionals and healthcare organizations in their work with heart disease patients, their families and caregivers.
> Cooperating with other organizations in education and research activities pertaining to heart disease.
> Establishing and assisting heart disease rehabilitation programs for members and their families/caregivers.
> Planning and conducting suitable programs of social and educational interest for members, heart disease patients and their families and caregivers, in addition to providing outreach to the community.
> The Arlington Heights Illinois Chapter (Chapter #248) is one of many chapters available in 260 cities across the United States and in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. It is an organization whose members are grateful to be alive and to help others. Volunteers from our local chapter visit with heart patients and their families at Northwest Community Hospital and HCR Manor Care in Arlington Heights, Illinois.