PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital Earns National Award for ‘Mended Hearts’


PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center has been named as the National Mended Hearts' Regional Hospital of the Year. PeaceHealth St. Joseph is in the Western Region, which is one of eight regions nationally and includes Hawaii, California, Nevada, Oregon, Alaska and Washington.

Mended Hearts™ is a national and community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope and support to heart patients and their caregivers, partnering with hospitals and cardiac care centers to offer visiting programs, group meetings and educational forums. The Bellingham chapter​ was chartered in October 2012, in collaboration with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cardiovascular Center. 

Peter Olsen, Bellingham Chapter 382 president, along Mended Hearts’ Assistant Regional Director, will present the award to PeaceHealth Northwest Network COO/CFO Dale Zender on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the regular Mended Hearts chapter meeting. 

“This award recognizes the outstanding contribution in time and resources that the people at PeaceHealth St. Joseph have extended to Mended Hearts of Bellingham,” said Olsen. “It is a fitting tribute to the professional, capable and caring way that PeaceHealth supports its patients, caregivers and volunteers.”

Local Mended Hearts volunteers are either cardiac patients or caregivers who have been through similar experiences. The volunteers are available at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center to offer support to cardiac patients through their pre-operation preparation, their post-procedure hospital stay and follow-up support through the chapter’s monthly meetings.