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”
This slideshow was made possible by the wonderful 50-year history compiled byMary 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 surgerypatients, Doris Siliman, Keith Otto, Alphonse Santamassimo and Elizabeth Wilkinson, started a “support group” at the suggestion ofDr. 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 tohave repeated successwith heart surgery. “We discovered that the heart wasn’t such a mysterious and untouchable thing after all.”
Boston, MassachusettsJune 1953About 50 Attendees 1953 The First Annual Meeting
4TH ANNUAL MEETINGFirst Souvenir Book &Self-SupportingMeeting
1954First Accredited Visitor • Lee Bowden • Ida Chartkoff wasthe second
1956First Hospital Visiting Booklet • “Rigid rules” for visiting • First page required two physician signatures
THE MENDED HEARTS, INC. • Mended Hearts was incorporated in 1955in Massachusetts • Constitution and Bylaws were adopted • 1956 MHI received tax exempt status for an organization “operated exclusively for charitableand organizational purposes.”
1958First 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.
1964National 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
1967The Red Rose BecomesSymbol of Mended Hearts Stands for the love and courage of all mended hearts
1969 FIRST ORGANIZATIONAL MANUAL10 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.
1969First 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!
1970First Research Project College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University in NY About 2,000 Mended Hearts participated Showed there is indeedgood life after heart surgery
1973Regions Established • Northeastern • Eastern • Southeastern • Midwest • Southwest • Western Pacific
1973Organizational 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.
2002 EMBLEMS 1972 1982
20th Boston, Massachusetts
1975National Executive Secretary Appointed Beverly Weiss “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.”
Insurance 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.
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’sSmoking is Bad For Your Heart No more smoking atMended Hearts’ meetings
AHA PRESENTS PLAQUEMarking 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 1975visiting children with a stuffed Snoopyhand-embroidered by his mother • 1978 San Diego accredited 9-year oldBrandy 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.
1980’s • 1982 Annual dues: individual dues to $10, family dues to $15 • 1982President’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”
1982Children 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
1984First 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 • 1990PATH Pack developed for visiting • 1990 Chapter Organizational Manual rewritten • 1991 Mended Hearts on the World Wide Web from Ohio Chapter • 1992Endowment Fund established, goal of $250,000 by 2002 • 1993Visitor Training Manual developed • 1997Internet Visiting was started with 40 accredited visitors • 1997National website created