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The Foundation

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Foundation Background

The Have A Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded on the belief that “free care doesn’t have to cost much.” Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the Have A Heart Foundation provides quality, complete cardiovascular care to individuals all over Kentucky via the Have A Heart Clinic. Since 2008, the Clinic’s volunteer cardiovascular specialists have met with and treated patients from all over Kentucky and Southern Indiana at the Louisville Cardiology Group office located in East Louisville. Indigent patients travel from all parts of Jefferson County and the surrounding region to be diagnosed, treated and educated about heart disease prevention. Our patients are often referred to the Clinic because either they cannot afford the high premiums mandated by insurance plans or they have the wrong insurance (i.e., their provider does not accept Medicaid coverage). Many of our patients are uninsured, despite recent efforts made by the Affordable Care Act.

The Founders

Dr. Michael Imburgia, the founder of Have A Heart Foundation and its free clinic, is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, board certified in cardiology, subspecialty certified in Echocardiography and Nuclear cardiology. After twenty-seven years in practice, he began serving low-income and uninsured patients with volunteer assistance from his wife Sandy Imburgia, RN and Ultrasound Technician Susan Dillon. What subsequently evolved is the only solely cardiovascular care clinic in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Have A Heart Foundation Board of Directors consists of nine members of the community with diverse backgrounds. One hundred forty volunteers serve approximately over fifty individuals annually. The Foundation is a member of the Louisville Center for Non-Profit Excellence and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

Dr. Imburgia, the Board of Directors, and supporters of Have A Heart’s mission have witnessed first-hand the enormous life-saving impact that free cardiovascular care has had on our community. The Foundation’s approach to indigent care is a sound and sustainable model for the future, which is why Have A Heart is pursuing
the first, specialized cardiovascular care clinic for uninsured and low-income patients in this region.

Sandy Imburgia RN, received her nursing degree from Jewish Hospital School of Nursing at Washington University, St Louis Mo. Sandy’s focus during her nursing career was in the Cardiac Care Unit , Telemetry Unit and Hemodialysis.

Sandy is a founder and has been the president of Have A Heart Foundation since in 2008. Sandy shares her passion with her husband to help those that are struggling in life. Sandy’s involvement with Have A Heart ranges from her clinical nursing skills to patient and clinic scheduler. Sandy is currently overseeing the construction project for the new Have A Heart clinic to be located downtown. Sandy also gives generously of her time to the outreach lunch program at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Sandy has been married to Dr. Michael Imburgia for 30 years and is the mother of 3 grown children.

Susan Dillon, FASE, RDCS is board-certified in adult echocardiography. Susan earned her college degree from Lasell College in Massachusetts, where she studied nursing. While attending Lasell College, Susan also attended classes in echocardiography at both Goddard Memorial Hospital and Middlesex Community College. In 1988 Susan completed a 6 month internship in echocardiography at Albert B Chandler Medical Center in Lexington KY

1983-1990 Susan was the president and owner of Soundwaves Unlimited, Inc – a mobile cardiovascular ultrasound company.

1990-2010 Susan worked for Cardiovascular Consultants and Louisville Cardiology as manager for both echocardiography laboratories. Since 2010 Susan has been the manager of the echocardiography laboratory at Baptist Health Louisville where she continues to be is actively involved in teaching and ongoing echocardiography research. Susan is also on the Speaker Bureau for Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc.