The South Denver Heart Center Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing wellness and cardiac care to the South Denver Metro area residents. We do this in a multifaceted approach through donations, teaching, research, and other health, wellness, and cardiac care programs to the public, EMS, 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 such organizations’ rules. The Foundation promotes collaboration among the nonprofit, government, and business sectors.
Pulse Oximeter is a small device that clips onto your finger and measures your blood’s oxygen level. Many people with COVID-19 have low oxygen levels, even when they are feeling well. Low oxygen levels can be a significant early warning sign that people need medical attention. In December of 2020 during a major spike in COVID cases, the SDHC foundation was honored to donate 185 pulse oximeter units to the Emergency Department at Littleton Adventist Hospital. Chief Operations Officer Geoff Lawton says, “We now have the means to discharge sub-acute COVID patients with home oxygen and an oximeter in order to preserve hospital capacity to continue to serve those most in need in the community.”
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) AED’s are a lightweight battery-operated, portable device that can be a critical early life-saving piece of equipment that does not require any training. When applied to the chest, this device is an intelligent machine that can evaluate and determine a lethal heart rhythm that has caused a cardiac arrest and correct the abnormal rhythm with an electrical shock. When an AED is used during a cardiac arrest in conjunction with CPR, it can increase the cardiac arrest survival rate by 40-70%. In 2019 the South Denver Heart Center Foundation donated an AED to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In addition to donating an AED, the foundation provided a Hands-Only CPR class to all its employees.
Saline Coolers: Access to ice-cold saline allows Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers to start life-saving measures for 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 essential role for patients in the cardiac rehabilitation program and community members. We provide classes on lifestyle changes to benefit health and well-being. The Foundation provides the funding that allows us to provide these classes free of charge to our community members to teach skills necessary to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Hands-Only CPR classes: Because of the Foundation’s support, our “Hands-Only CPR” courses 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 course is suitable for most abilities.
Continued Education for Healthcare Providers: Education is essential for our patients and our community’s health care partners. We offer continuing education seminars four times a year to provide information on new and existing treatments and techniques in cardiovascular care.
The South Denver Heart Center Foundation was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Bronze Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits.
To get the Bronze Seal, South Denver Heart Center Foundation shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find out more about our mission and programs.
Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile: Click here to donate and view the GuideStar SDHCF page.