Heartfelt Dreams Foundation to Host Free Virtual Cardiac Nursing Seminar with Mass General Hospital Heart Center Friday, June 3

Open to all nurses and nursing students, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation virtual seminar brings together medical leaders to discuss care and treatment of ACHD, its unique challenges and the importance of specialized CHD centers; Sign up at heartfeltdreamsfoundation.org/pre-register 

Hollis, NH (May 12, 2022) –  Heartfelt Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the treatment experience for congenital heart defect (CHD) patients and their families will host a Virtual Cardiac Nursing Seminar in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center on Friday, June 3 from 9:00 a.m. ET- 12:00 p.m. ET. The virtual seminar is free and open to all nurses and nursing students by signing up at heartfeltdreamsfoundation.org/pre-register . All participants will receive a continuing education unit credit. 

Adults living with congenital heart disease comprise a rapidly expanding population of heart disease patients. This virtual cardiac nursing seminar will gather leaders from the medical field to discuss care and treatment of ACHD, its unique challenges, and the importance of getting these patients into specialized CHD centers. There are approximately 1.3 million adult patients in United States, which exceeds the number of children living with congenital heart defects. With hospitalization rates and care utilization rates of this group on the rise, this complex patient requires specialized and coordinated care offered by cardiologists and cardiac care nurses. 

“It is vital that knowledge of caring for Congenital Heart Defect patients continues to grow, so we are thrilled to be hosting the Virtual Cardiac Nursing Seminar as part of our Expanding the Medical World™ education program to discuss the importance of specialized CHD treatment and care,” said Eric Ankerud, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Heartfelt Dreams Foundation. “We believe that nurses are key in making a difference in delivering extraordinary care for the unique needs of CHD patients. We are very excited to have such an esteemed panel from the Mass General Heart Center sharing their expertise on treating CHD.” 

The forum will feature a gold-level panel of medical professionals sharing expertise, including: 

  • Atrial Septal Defect/Ventricular Septal Defect: Dr. Christopher Learn
  • Coarctation of the Aorta: Dr. Ami Bhatt
  • Tetralogy of Fallot: Dr. Doreen DeFaria Yeh
  • Catheter Based Options for Congenital Heart Disease: Dr. Ada Stefanescu
  • Exercise and Congenital Heart Disease: Sherrin Gallagher, ACNP
  • Outpatient Management: Lauren McLaughlin, RN

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation strives to see every CHD patient lead a long, healthy and meaningful life. The Foundation is committed to facilitating greater access to care and treatment for CHD patients of all ages and strengthens the network of specialty heart centers and physicians across the country. To sign up for the Virtual Cardiac Nursing Seminar, please visit heartfeltdreamsfoundation.org/pre-register 

About Heartfelt Dreams Foundation:

Founded in 2018 by Lori and Eric Ankerud, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation (HDF) is the only nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the dual mission of improving the CHD treatment experience for patients and families, and advancing CHD education within the medical community. Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the United States and there are more than two million Americans living with CHD. Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for these patients and their families, increasing the number of cardiologists and medical facilities capable of properly treating CHD, and facilitating connections between patients and the medical community. Please find more information at www.heartfeltdreamsfoundation.org and follow HDF on Facebook and Twitter

Contact: Gabrielle Dougherty, gdougherty@elevatecom.com, 631-680-4019

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