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February is American Heart Month!

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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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By |2018-02-12T18:34:19+00:00February 12th, 2018|Cardio Heart Clinic|0 Comments

Uninsured Rate Remains Unchanged Among Some Adults, with Some Losses

Nationally, about 27 million people remain uninsured. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion made huge strides toward providing coverage to the uninsured, Kentucky’s proposed changes to Medicaid would impact expansion and current enrollees. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently updated its “Proposed Changes to Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky” which outlines a Fact Sheet of these changes and the potential fallout.

You can also find out where the U.S. stands on insurance coverage now that efforts to repeal and replace ACA have been suspended.

Access to health care should not be a political issue, which is easier said than done. Have A Heart Clinic volunteers agree that everyone should have equal access to quality, specialty care – regardless of income or other factors. The reality is that health care is not equal. People living in poverty cannot get the care they need. They avoid hospitals and doctors until they are extremely sick because they cannot afford care, they lack transportation, and/or they do not trust the health care system and providers.

Health equity and health care equity are human issues with permanent, but preventable, economic, social, and ethical costs. Preventing illness and treating our fellow community members is part of the human condition that left alone will keep our fellow Kentuckians sick and without care. We believe it is our moral and ethical duty to remove barriers to health for all people. We do this by being located near our patients’, providing transportation assistance, providing free outpatient cardiovascular care, and cultivating trust with every individual we treat.

 

 

By |2017-11-01T12:47:26+00:00September 7th, 2017|Cardio Heart Clinic, Cardiology Clinic, Health Care Costs, Health disparities, Uncategorized, Uninsured|Comments Off on Uninsured Rate Remains Unchanged Among Some Adults, with Some Losses

Congratulations, MediStar Nominees!

Congratulations to Dr. Imburgia and the Have A Heart Clinic, both nominees for The Centerstone Healthcare Advocacy Award. The Award will be presented to an individual or organization that has worked to raise awareness of health challenges in our region and worked to affect change. Good luck to all the nominees!

By |2017-11-01T12:47:26+00:00August 8th, 2017|Cardio Heart Clinic|Comments Off on Congratulations, MediStar Nominees!

May 20 Clinic Day

We had another wonderful clinic day. We were able to help even more uninsured patients achieve improved cardiovascular health. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers I am humbled and inspired by their dedication to help others.

Also please check out the article in MD-UPDATE about our clinic, patients and volunteers.

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By |2017-11-01T12:47:26+00:00May 21st, 2017|Cardio Heart Clinic, Cardiology Clinic, Health Care Costs, Health disparities, Uninsured|Comments Off on May 20 Clinic Day

April Open House

We had a wonderful open house. We at Have A Heart are humbled by the support and overwhelmed by your belief in our mission. With out the hard work of our incredible volunteers, the trust  of our wonderful patients, and the generous gifts of our supporters we would not be able to provide the care we do.

 

  

By |2017-11-01T12:47:27+00:00April 18th, 2017|Cardio Heart Clinic, Cardiology Clinic, Health disparities, Uninsured|Comments Off on April Open House

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that helped with Saturday’s Have A Heart clinic. It was another incredible day. With out their help we could never touch as many lives as we do. They are proof that “LOVE is real; something concrete and displayed in how we live our lives. everyday”. Also since being in our new location the number of patients we have been able to see is up over 26%, how wonderful!! Open House next Saturday April 15 th and next clinic Wednesday even April 19th.

 

Have A Heart Clinic Open for Business

Had our first office Saturday February 11, it was a wonderful success. Had our first evening clinic February 22 again a wonderful experience.
Thanks to Outcome Health for providing us with educational Video boards and we look forward to making our own educational videos to help the people we serve.
The next step is to complete our Cardiovascular Home/Care Coordinated model to help the sickest of our patients live a long healthier life.

By |2017-11-01T12:47:28+00:00February 26th, 2017|Cardio Heart Clinic, Cardiology Clinic|Comments Off on Have A Heart Clinic Open for Business

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