Wright Hearts News  

Posted 8/27/14
Learn More About SCAD
Deb Rafferty, RN, BSN is a SCAD survivor.  SCAD stands for Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.  Ms. Rafferty will be our guest speaker at our January Chapter Meeting on Jan 13, 2015.  She will be educating our members on SCAD by providing very useful information on this medical condition.  She will discuss What is SCAD?, Signs and Symptoms of SCAD, Diagnostics and Treatment of SCAD, Association Conditions, Who Gets SCAD?, Typical Experiences and SCAD Patient Needs.  For more information about this medical condition and to learn more about what she will be covering in our meeting, click HERE.

This should prove to be a very educational and informative meeting, so please try to attend.  This meeting information has been updated on our calendar.

Posted 6/14/14
Americana Festival
Wright Hearts Chapter #61 is participating in this year's annual Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival on July 4th.  We will be manning a booth at the street fair where we will be raising awareness about our chapter and what we have to offer people in our community.  We need volunteers to pass out magnets and literature and to speak with people about our organization.  The booth will be open from 9:30am  -  5:00pm but we will need individuals there starting at 8:30am through 6:00pm.  We are asking that volunteers work 2-3 hour shifts throughout the day but if you are able to work longer, that would be great.    Please contact Craig Lindahl at ctatrends@sbcglobal.net  or (937) 829-1700 for more information or to sign up for a shift.  We need your participation to make this effort successful!  Thank you!  Our booth number is 327 so please stop by and say "HI" if you are in the area.  We would love to see you!

Posted 3/18/14
Walk with a Doc Program
"Walk with a Doc" is a FREE, non-profit program for anyone interested in taking steps for his/her health.  The program was founded by Dr. David Sabgir, a physician in Columbus, Ohio and is now in many communities
across the U.S.  Physicians, specialists and healthcare professionals from
our community provide support and answer questions at each walk.

The closest walks to us are held the first Saturday of each month in Kettering.  Participants will walk the Iron Horse Trail starting on
Hempstead Station Drive.  The walks will begin around 8:40-8:55am with Registration at 8:15am and a talk by the leading physician at 8:30am.  For more information about these walks, you can visit their web site at www.walkwithadoc.org.

It would be great to have our chapter represented at these walks!  We hope to see you there!

Posted 3/8/14
Kettering Medical Center's March Madness Event
The Kettering Medical Center is holding a March Madness Event on March 20, 2014 from 10:30am  -  2:30pm to increase awareness and education about organ and tissue donation and how each person can play an important role
in improving or saving lives.  Stop by and show your support for organ and
tissue donation.  If you show the heart symbol on your driver's license or
join the Ohio Donor Registry as an organ and tissue donor that day, you will be entered to win a basketball signed by Archie Miller, the UD Men's Basketball Coach.

Click HERE for more information.

Posted 2/17/14
Community Day Fundraiser Update
The Community Day Fundraiser is still going on and will continue through March 1st. To-date we have sold 104 coupon booklets. By selling more than 100 booklets, we have been invited to sell the coupon booklets in Elder Beermans during the actual Community Day Event on February 28th and March 1st. 

We still need your help though.  Our goal is to sell 400 booklets, and we have less than two weeks to do this. Please promote and sell booklets to your family, friends and neighbors.  If you are in need of booklets to sell or you wish to sign up for in-store sales, please email us at mendedhearts61@gmail.com and we will add you on the list.  We also ask that you keep us informed of your sales progress since we are required to report this data weekly.

The Wright Hearts Chapter needs your help with this fundraiser.  Please do what you can to help the chapter reach its sales goal of 400 booklets!

Posted 2/15/14
Sign Up Today for Text Message Programs
Mended Hearts is offering two FREE texting programs for their members.  You will receive a text message once per week for 52 weeks on Atril Fibrillation (AFib) or Medication Adherence depending on which program you sign up for.  To sign up for the AFib Text Message Program, text "afib" to 227346 (cardio) or go to www.mendedhearts.org and to sign up for the Medication Adherence Text Message Program, text "meds" to 227346 (cardio) or go to www.mendedhearts.org.

For more information about either of these programs, click HERE.

Posted 2/11/14
Wright Hearts Member: Tim Ortlieb
Check this out!  On February 7, 2014 NewsOK published an article about one of our own: Tim Ortlieb.  Tim is a Wright Hearts member and is one of our accredited visitors at Upper Valley Medical Center.

"February is American Heart Month, survivor Tim Ortlieb reflects on his personal journey
Written by Will E. Sanders

More than half-million people will die in the next year alone from heart disease.

Heart disease, responsible for 600,000 deaths a year and the leading cause of death in American, does not discriminate, either.

Heart disease does not care what skin color a person is or their social or financial status.  Heart disease does not discriminate by gender any more than heart disease discriminates against the number of grandchildren a person has, or if they have any at all.

Heart disease does not care what your name is.

Or if your name is Tim Ortlieb  -  and have five grandchildren".

To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

Posted 1/29/14

This is a very important fundraiser for our chapter. 
We strive to keep member costs as low as possible
while providing support to current members and
families challenged with heart disease.  Your participation in this great opportunity will go a long
way to help those in need of our services and
attention.  For more details about this fundraiser,
click HERE.

Posted 10/21/14
Central Regional Connections Meeting
Wright Hearts Chapter #61 will be hosting this year's Central Regional Connections Meeting on Saturday, October 25th.  Many thanks to Miami Valley Hospital for providing accommodations for this event.  Twenty-five Mended Hearts chapters as well as 9 Mended Little Hearts groups have been invited from 5+ states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, the western half of Pennsylvania.  Many thanks to Pam Truitt for her assistance in helping to coordinate this event.  Please RSVP to Kristin Castiglione, kfcasty@cox.net if you are planning on attending.  Thanks!

Please click HERE to view the Central Regional Connections Packet.  This packet includes an Invitation Letter, Tentative Agenda, Directions to Miami Valley Hospital and Hilton Garden Inn and a Dayton Points of Interest page.

Posted 8/5/14
Family Picnic
We will be having a Family Picnic for all of our members and their families on Saturday, August 16th from 10:00am - 3:00pm.  The picnic will be held at Irelan Park, 4532 Marshall Road at E. David Road (in front of YMCA).  Please bring a dish to share and beverages of your choice.  The main dish and ants will be provided!  Please RSVP with the number of guests attending ASAP to Kelvin, kfudge8471@att.net.  We are hoping for a great turnout to this event!  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other Wright Hearts members and their families!  Come out and join us for some fun!

Posted 3/18/14
New Marketing Coordinator
Wright Hearts Chapter #61 has a new Marketing Coordinator, Craig Lindahl!  Craig was unanimously voted into this position at our last board meeting.  He joined our chapter in January of this year and is already an Accredited Visitor at Miami Valley Hospital.  We are very excited to have Craig as a board member and look forward to his contributions to our chapter.  Welcome 
aboard, Craig!

Posted 3/7/14
Community Day Fundraiser Results
Wright Hearts Chapter #61 sold 184 coupon booklets at the Community Day Fundraiser!  Many thanks to all of the individuals who helped to make this happen.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards purchasing business cards for our Chapter Board members and Accredited Visitors as well as much needs supplies for our organization.  Thanks again to all the chapter members who sold coupon booklets to their friends and family and who participated in the in-store sales.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Posted 2/16/14
Caregiver Committee E-Newsletter
If you are a caregiver, be sure to check out the Mended Hearts Caregiver Committee E-Newsletter.

To view the January 2014 Caregiver Committee E-Newsletter, click HERE.

You can also find links to earlier Caregiver Committee E-Newsletters on our Resources page on this web site. 

Posted 2/15/14
Winter 2014 Heartbeat Magazine
To view the Winter 2014 Heartbeat Magazine, click HERE.   
  • Feature: A Healthy Start to 2014
  • Heart Hero: Helping Others Get Their Lives Back
A link to this magazine as well as links to earlier Heartbeat Magazines can also be found on our Resources page. 

Posted 2/11/14
February is "Celebrate the Heart" Month
 This month is dedicated to raising awareness of heart
 disease through  increased knowledge of heart disease
 and methods to  prevent it.  Heart disease remains the 
 leading cause of  death in the United States for both
 men and women  with 1.5 million Americans suffering
 from heart attacks  or strokes each year.  To help
 reduce your risk of heart  disease: exercise daily, eat a
 healthy diet, quit  smoking, maintain a healthy weight,
 monitor your blood  pressure and cholesterol, and
 control your blood sugar.  For more information, check out organizations like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Posted 1/22/14 
Mended Hearts is undertaking an important study to measure the visiting program's impact on the recovery of heart patients and our contributions to the healthcare system.  To find out more about this program, please read the January 2014 edition of Visiting VignettesVisiting Vignettes is a monthly newsletter written by Dr. Fredonia B. Williams, the Mended Hearts National Visiting Chair.  To view her newsletter, click HERE.