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SMH Mended Hearts Provides Support for Heart Disease Patients

Dr. James Eshleman was the guest speaker at the recent meeting of the Vital Connections Mended Hearts group at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH).  Dr. Eshleman had bypass surgery six years ago and participated in the cardiac rehab program at SMH.  He describes the program as "excellent."

The group meets the second Wednesday of the month, for heart patients and families to receive support in coping with the emotions that often accompany diagnosis, treatment, of surgery for heart disease.  Learning to understand and express their shock, disbelief, anger or frustrations is an important step in the patient’s recovery process, and the supportive environment of group meetings provides a forum for these discussions.

An invited health care professional speaks monthly to present valuable information and answer questions.  All are welcome to attend the meeting.  Attendees may have the chance to make a difference in a patient’s recovery and outlook on life, as well as interact with other members through the chapter meetings, volunteer opportunities and special events.

The Stephens Memorial Hospital Vital Connections Mended Hearts group will meet at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 14, in the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Medical Office Building (193 Main Street, Norway).  Larry Pierce, Pharmacy Director, will speak about understanding the world of heart medications.

For more information please contact Penny York, RN at 207-744-6185 or

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