Published on January 05, 2010

Baptist DeSoto Begins Monthly Heart Patient Support Group

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Designed to enhance patient care, Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto will host Mended Hearts, a national heart patient support group affiliated with the American Heart Association. Centered on visiting patients and sharing personal experiences with heart disease, the first meeting is Monday, Jan. 11, from 6-7 p.m. The group will continue to meet the second Monday of each month.

In addition to encouragement, trained visitors also provide educational information, from recommendations for healthy lifestyle choices and tips for medication adherence to suggestions for managing depression, a common side effect after a heart event.

"We offer tangible proof that people can enjoy life despite heart disease and its challenges," said Carolyn Melton, cardiac rehab nurse manager at Baptist DeSoto.  "The good news is that advances in treatment and diagnosis have helped more patients recover than ever before. This means there are an increasing number of patients who need support from someone who has been there."

To register for the Mended Hearts patient support group or obtain more information, please contact Carolyn Melton at 662-772-2205. The group will meet in DeSoto Rooms B and C. Limited space is available.

Mended Hearts is a national nonprofit organization that has offered hope to heart patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years. Mended Hearts has 17,830 members in more than 256 community-based chapters and 57 satellites across the U.S. and in Canada. Chapters partner with more than 430 hospitals and cardiac care facilities to provide patient-to-patient support services. In 2007, Mended Hearts accredited volunteers made more than 212,534 visits to heart patients and families in person, online or by phone.

For more information on Mended Hearts, contact 888-HEART99 or visit

Baptist DeSoto is a 339-bed hospital that offers diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. In 2001, the hospital completed an expansion project that nearly doubled its size, expanded its labor and delivery services and added open-heart surgery and radiation therapy. In April 2001, the Baptist DeSoto Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Women's Center opened, which houses DeSoto County's first open MRI, mammography services and other diagnostic tools. In November 2006, Baptist DeSoto opened a new, 11-story tower, featuring all-private rooms, expanded operating suites and a new emergency room.

For more information about Baptist DeSoto, please call 662-772-4000 or visit

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