Citrus Memorial Hospital was recently recognized by Mended Hearts as a Regional Hospital of the Year. The Southern Region encompasses seven states and Puerto Rico, and serves 46 chapters of the heart disease support group.
At the October meeting of Mended Hearts Chapter 367 in Inverness, Southern Region Director Mike Weber presented a plaque to Citrus Memorial CEO Ralph Aleman. Weber said, "Mended Hearts appreciates all the hospital does in providing outstanding service to heart disease patients, chapter 367, and the local community."
Aleman received the award, which he called an honor. "Thank you all for nominating us," said Aleman. "We share a lot in common. We take care of patients, provide them with education and support. We have an excellent heart program, here."
That sentiment was echoed by Heart and Vascular Center Director Scott Sinigalliano. He said, "Mended hearts does a great job at CMH. You mentor our patients and provide an opportunity for people to come together. It's a great value for our community and those who have undergone surgery that's a life-changing experience. We applaud and thank you for what you do. You make our program much stronger."
Mended Hearts is the largest heart patient support network in the world, with 18,000 members and 300 chapters. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with hospitals and cardiac rehab clinics to offer support through visiting programs, group meetings and educational forums. Mended Hearts inspires hope and improves quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.