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Friends of the Heart Institute Strengthens Future of Cardiac Care in Our Community

07/19/2016

The all-volunteer group has given more than $1.6 millionto improve cardiac services since 1978

DOYLESTOWN – Technological advancements, innovative procedures and groundbreaking therapies characterize today's cardiac care. Help from Friends of the Heart positions Doylestown Health's Richard A. Reif Heart Institute to meet the growing demand for advanced heart services now and for years to come.

The all-volunteer Friends organization raises funds to purchase cardiac equipment and programs that enhance already exceptional cardiac care close to home.

"Friends of the Heart is proud of the role we play in raising and directing financial support for state-of-the-art medical and surgical equipment, improving technology, staff training, patient education and community wellness programs such as Walk With A Doc," said Sara Moyer who, along with husband Scott, co-chairs the organization.

Friends is guided each year by a list of recommendations created by Heart Institute leaders for equipment and services necessary to maintain a nationally-recognized cardiac program. The financial support is especially helpful for the non-profit Heart Institute.

This year Friends allocated more than $180,000 for equipment such as temporary pacemakers that are used for open-heart patients following surgery; an upgraded Holter monitor system that records heart rhythms using new technology; and surgical devices utilized by Heart Institute surgeons to perform complex minimally-invasive procedures.

For the second year Friends is funding the Walk With A Doc program whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages.

Over the past three years Friends of the Heart has allocated $40,000 to benefit the Woodall Education Fund that provides scholarships to Heart Institute associates to attend seminars to learn new and specialized procedures.

"Overall procedures at the Heart Institute are increasing and we anticipate more to come," said Terri Long, director of Critical Care and Cardiology Services. "We thank Friends of the Heart Institute for allowing us to have the most advanced equipment to benefit our patients."

Demand is growing for specialized cardiothoracic procedures like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). As a result, two vascular surgeons joined the Medical Staff to broaden the scope of services available at Doylestown Hospital. In addition, physicians with Doylestown Health's AFib Center are performing increasingly complex electrophysiological procedures to treat irregular heart rhythms, including the convergent maze procedure.

Support from Friends helps keep Doylestown Health on the leading edge of technology and expertise, and will continue to do so in the future. Founded by Herman Silverman in 1978 as the $100 Heart Club, Friends has raised funds for cardiac equipment and programs totaling more than $1.6 million. The group also promotes heart-healthy lifestyles by disseminating patient-friendly information and supporting community education initiatives.

To achieve its mission, Friends of the Heart Institute raises funds through membership dues, direct donations, sponsorships and special fundraising events including an annual spring Heart Brunch and the popular biannual Cardiac Cook-Off to be held this year on October 20 at the Event Center by Cornerstone in New Hope, PA.

For more information visit Friends of the Heart Institute online or call 215-345-2802.

About Doylestown Health's Heart Institute

Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. The multidisciplinary team at the Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.

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