The South Denver Heart Center Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing cardiac care to the residents of the south Denver metro area. We do this by conducting programs of contemporary cardiac service through teaching, research, and other programs related to cardiac care to both the public and physician populations.
The Foundation qualifies under the US Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) scientific and educational public charity, and conducts its business according to the rules for such organizations. The Foundation promotes collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors.
Here are some of the highlights of the work done by the South Denver Heart Center Foundation:
Saline Coolers: Access to ice-cold saline gives Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers the opportunity to start life-saving measures to patients suffering from cardiac arrest and other life-threatening conditions by cooling down the patient’s body temperature – inducing hypothermia treatment on the way to the emergency room. In 2009-2010 South Denver Heart Center Foundation made donations of these life-saving coolers to numerous EMS departments in our community.
Wellness & Lifestyle Classes: Education plays an important role for patients in the cardiac rehabilitation program, as well as members of the community. We provide classes on lifestyle changes to benefit health and well-being. The foundation provides the funding which allows us to provide these classes free of charge to members of our community so that we may teach skills necessary to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Hands Only CPR classes: Because of the support from the foundation, our “Hands Only CPR” classes offered monthly are free to the public. The class teaches you to recognize an unconscious victim and how to perform compression’s only CPR. This class involves a brief lecture, watching a video and practicing on a CPR manikin. The class is suitable for most abilities.
Continued Education for Healthcare Providers: Education is not only important or our patients but also our health care partners in the community. We offer continuing education seminars four times a year to provide information on new and existing treatments and techniques in cardiovascular care.