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South Denver Heart Center Foundation

The South Denver Heart Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cardiac care to the residents of the South Denver metro area. We do this by conducting programs of new 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 essential 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” 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 not only essential 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.

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 2018 Bronze Seal, South Denver Heart Center Foundation shared important information with the public using our profile on 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 view the GuideStar SDHCF page. 

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. This device is a very smart machine that, when applied to the chest, 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.