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Have A Heart Turns 10
(And We Couldn’t Have Done It WithoutYou!)

When co-founders Dr. Michael and Sandy Imburgia, together with their long-time friend and co-worker Susan Dillon, first began seeing Have A Heart patients in 2008 at an East End doctor’s office, they could not have predicted the growth and impact that the free-standing clinic has today. “When I started this clinic,” Dr. Imburgia recently told a crowd of volunteers at the annual Volunteer Celebration, “I didn’t know that so many people would care as much as I do about our patients.”

2018 not only marks Have A Heart’s 10 year anniversary, it is the one year anniversary of the Clinic at East Broadway. Just last February you helped us open the Clinic at a location more convenient to the patients we serve! Since then our consults are up 119%! By moving the clinic closer to the patients we serve, you made health care more accessible.

As we look forward to the next year, we realize we have so much more to accomplish. We will serve over 300 patients in 2018 and provide nearly 200 volunteer hours at clinics and community health screenings. Our Board of Directors and Committees are working hard to support the patients, the volunteers, and the clinic. We are making plans for expansion, and we can’t wait to share it with you! Here’s to another 10 years of making cardiovascular care free and accessible to the uninsured!

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Volunteer Spotlight!

In honor of American Heart Month, we want to highlight ALL our volunteers! Thank you, volunteers, for giving our patients over 100 hours of your time in 2017.  We had a blast at volunteer appreciation bowling night. We hope you did, too! We are so grateful for your time and expertise! We had no idea those expertise included strikes and spares.

And thanks to Fern Bowl for letting this rowdy group have a great time!

IMPACT REPORT:

December 2017

Patient impact:
*111 NEW patient consults (valued at $17,239.41)
*56 patient follow ups ($5630.80).

Medical Tests/Exams:
*153 Electrocardiogram ($2354.67)
*58 Echocardiogram tests ($13,338.26)
*20 stress echo tests ($5476.20)
*4 vascular ($680.00)
*8 nuclear ($6667.60)
17 treadmill ($1182.52).

A total of $51,386.94 in outpatient medical care in December alone!

Community Outreach (December and January)
*2 community partners (New Directions Housing Corporation and Family Health Center – Portland Clinic)
*24 individual Cardiovascular screenings
*25% have abnormal Blood Pressures
*25% have abnormal arteries in their neck to their brain (carotid arteries)
*40% have high risk American College of Cardiology 10 yr risk of stroke or heart attack.

Early intervention with individuals at risk of cardiovascular disease can help keep them healthy and prevents more serious illness. If your organization serves low-income adults who could benefit from a free health screening, call us 502.245.0002!

Thank You, Donors and Funders!

Have A Heart received a highly competitive grant award from Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence (JHFE) in 2017. JHFE’s Community Health Award has allowed us to build and implement a comprehensive database to track health outcomes for our patients, including our Coordinated Care Patients with multiple chronic illnesses. With this database, we can provide intense data collection and analysis to ensure patients’ needs are being met. The database also improves our ability to provide an elevated level of transparency to our constituents because we can report health outcomes with a higher level of accuracy.
Have A Heart has also received a generous grant from the Irvin F. and Alice S. Etscorn Foundation, a trust managed by Hilliard Lyons, Louisville. The grant will be used to purchase laptop computers for the Clinic’s Nurse Practitioners and other medical specialists to improve onsite patient care.
King’s Daughters & Sons Foundation’s recent investment paid for the purchase of Language Line Services to improve communications with our non-English speaking patients. Not only can Language Line Services help patients with scheduling appointments, it can also act as a translator during their appointments. This service will help our current volunteer translators reach more patients.

New funding partners also include the Heart’s Path Foundation and a $25,000 donation from an anonymous individual! Combined, this support will move Have A Heart closer to its goal of becoming fully operational in 2019.

Thank you to ALL of our donors and funding partners for making 2017 a year of immense growth and impact. 

You Can Stop.

Was your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking? Great! It’s not too late if you’re still struggling. A new collaborative piece by MedPage Today and the American Heart Association reveals “[s]mokers who light up just once a day have a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke.” Louisville Metro offers smoking cessation classes for those who need help quitting. Click the link below to read more about the new study.

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Clinic Dates and Events

February Clinic @ Have A Heart Clinic
Feb. 17 @ 9 AM

April Clinic @ Have A Heart Clinic
April 14 @ 9 AM

If you are a patient needing an appointment, call 502.245.0002.
Volunteers, please email akeating@haveaheartclinic.orgto sign up.

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