HCA Affiliated Kingwood Medical Center recently added the Mended Hearts program to its array of cardiac care services aimed at helping heart patients on their road to recovery. The hospital’s Mended Hearts program was established to help heal the hearts and minds of cardiac patients as they begin to understand the newness and fullness of what life after heart disease can offer.
“Bringing Mended Hearts to Kingwood Medical Center provides our patients with a support system to help them cope with anxieties related to heart conditions,” said Dr. John Davis, Cardiovascular Surgeon at Kingwood Medical Center. “Having a support system readily available can positively impact a patient’s recovery.”
The program is a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association whose volunteers speak from personal experience. Many were heart patients themselves or have family and friends impacted by a heart condition.
The Mended Hearts program benefits Kingwood Medical Center’s cardiac patients in two ways. The visiting program allows trained volunteers to spend one-on-one time with inpatients as they empathize with concerns, answer questions and encourage working towards recovery. Group meetings are another means for heart patients and families to receive much needed support for the emotional impact of heart disease and surgery.