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Miami Heart Research Institute Inc

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Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Miami heart research institute is an independent, not-for-profit 501(3) organization with the mission to stop heart disease through research, education and prevention and to perform the functions of, or to carry out the purposes of, florida heart research foundation, inc. , a florida not-for-profit corporation devoted to joint missions of educating the public about the dangers of cardiovascular disease and continuing research to prevent heart disease.

Programs: In support of florida heart research foundation, inc. , we continue to fund cardiovascular research. We are well positioned for a long and productive future in cardiovascular research. We take great pride in funding research that is deemed meritorious and scientifically valid. To achieve our goals, we must continue to expand our research capabilities and educational programs through our collaborative research with organizations of excellence. Publications of project results in leading research journals as well as presentation of project results at conferences and seminars are required. Results leading to breakthroughs, patents, etc. That improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies are the ultimate goal. 6-months progress report along with budgets on how the funds were expended is required.

education and prevention projects that improve public health are pursued to reduce health disparities and/or increase access to care in measurable and meaningful ways. We believe that through basic and clinical research combined with education about the causes, risk factors and lifestyle options, heart disease can be stopped. Research discoveries benefit all humanity and education promotes informed choices thereby improving outcomes and quality of life. Research is imperative for our future health while education and prevention are key to health today. In addition a yearly scholarship grant is given for cardiac nursing for which we receive positive recognition and feedback from participants either through surveys, awards or testimonials.

education is established by supporting a lecturer of distinction to provide the annual irwin r. Callen, md memorial lecture every year during the fcacc meeting. A researcher of the year is nominated by the american college of cardiology. We require a research update along with a budget on how the funds were expended withing one year from the date the grant was issued. Also, a grant was given to the american college of cardiology to pursue quality improvement in cardiology.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hire them for screenings, they are the best! Very professional, and always show up not "on time," but BEFORE!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Heart Institute is a wonderful group that truely cares about the state of one's health. We have had them at numerous health fairs. They are always professional, on-time...early actually, and have a pleasant way with employees, especially when they have to deliver "not so great" biometric news!

I would recommend this group of professionals to any "up and coming" business with an interest in Worksite Wellness.

They are a progressive institute with dynamic leadership.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I'm concerned that the organization's most recent 990 filing shows a total expense amount of $3,177,975. Of which only $278,600 was paid out as grants, while $1,525,641 was paid out as compensation to employees and $1,373,734 is listed as "other expenses". The CEO's salary is listed as $202,370 (over 6% of the entire organization's expenses). In total, the six highest compensated employees made $791,685 (representing 25% of the total amount expended by this organization). While I have certainly seen more egregious examples, these compensation figures appear to be very high for an organization of this size.

Donor

Rating: 5

FHRI is an amazing non profit organization, staffed with dedicated professionals that give their all and make things happen seemlessly. They are very involved in the community with bringing 'Heart' issues to the people by awareness of problems to look for in a preventative sense. Their numerous events provide up to date, cutting edge technology that the public can easlily see and understand, put to use in their daily lives and educate in simple terms many ways to be 'Heart healthy.' I plan to continue my past 4 year relationship in supporting their efforts to stop the number one killer of men and women in America.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the benefit of seeing the workings of this organization up close, from clinical screening programs and community events to research projects and presentations. There is a true passion here to make a difference and improve people's lives by improving their heart health, by checking for related risk factors and focusing on prevention and detection, and by educating people on how to live a lifestyle that is good for their hearts. The dedication and efforts of this organization truly get at the HEART of the matter.

Donor

Rating: 4

We have funded Miami Heart on several projects and they have done a great job linking high risk residents to community based health centers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Miami Heart Research Institute, has always made themselves available to work with the public and govenment organizations.
I have first hand knowledge of working with this Institute. As a Firefighter/Paramedic for 18 years I have professionaly worked with many organizations to assist in public demotrations. In February all six local Fire Department in South Florida wanted to promote Heart Month. Not only did Miami Heart Research porvide materials but attended the event and had assited in coordinating media and demostrations.
This organization has been very supportive in the community.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have had Heart disease affect my family and the work being done by the Heart Institue is saving live and increasing the quality of life for those facing heart disease. In addtion, they are major contributors to the business comminuty, in time, energy, and effort, to promote the success of our business community.

Florida Heart is a World Class organization.

Joseph P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Florida Heart Research Institute has clearly made a healthy difference in the lives of South Florida residents thru their outreach efforts in underserved communities. They have made it easy for residents to be screened for the presence of cardiovasucalar disease by coming to the communities, be it churches, public parks, community centers as well as health centers, where they bring the service to those who need it the most. I have had multiple experiences with FHRI and have found them to be professional in their presentation, prompt is their support, engaging, and they treat clients the way you would want to be treated, with courtesy and respect. Beyond the respectful treatment of clients, they have demonstrated the ability to clearly articulate the results of the screening in a comfortable manner that the clients understand.

FHRI is extremely concerned with follow up of residents who have been screened and have been found to have risk factors. They provide prompt accurate information to health centers that allows the health centers to reach out and provide appropriate follow up care. They also follow up with community health centers to track results to ensure that as many clients as possible have been contacted for treatment.

FHRI is extremely accessible and cooperative. They exhaust all efforts in accomodating as many request for services as possible. As an organization, they show that they care. I have found FHRI to be the best organization I've ever I the pleasure to serve with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an Assistant Professor at University of Miami. FHRI funded 2 projects in my lab. The funding was of tremendous help to carry cardiovascular research. I am so grateful to FHRI.

Ricardo D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great team of employees. Their screenings are very informative and fantastic for the community.

Robyn T.

Donor

Rating: 5

Miami Heart Research Institute is an awesome organization that has stood the test of time and raised significant funds for an important cause using creative, innovative ideas. I have always found them to be serious and accomplished professionals in their field.

Simone D.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Working with Florida Heart Research Institute has been an eye opener. there are so many ways to service the community and make a difference. In the true spirit of American enterprise, they combine business with pleasure. Events destined to raise funds, not only engage donors in pleasurable activities but raise their awareness and enables them to participate hands in activities that will improve health conditions in the community.
One of the most noteworthy events: Heart of A Chef is directed to children and their families. Through fun and play they tackle the very serious subject of heart health, nutrition and empowers all participants to take control of their lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our local EMS providers have truly appreciated the help volunteered by the Miami (Florida) Heart Research Institute in partnering with the fire departments on community health screenings, on developing a tracking system for cardiac arrest outcomes with local hospitals, and on providing the public with education on doing Chest Compression Only CPR for victims of cardiac arrest. Fire Rescue has worked very hard to provide the absolute best, latest and greatest treatments for sudden cardiac arrest to save as many victims as possible. The missing piece of the chain of survival in Miami, however, is the public, because our paramedics rarely find the public doing CPR: It is absolutely critical that anyone who witnesses a cardiac arrest knows to call 911 and to start chest compressions right away (no mouth-to-mouth breaths needed) to save a life! "Push Hard, Push Fast, JUST DO IT!" is the critical message to all.

Barbara W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5


My life has been touched by the great work of the Florida Heart Research Institute in two profound ways.

As a former health reporter for 24 years in Florida and now as a professional fundraiser, I have worked with the Florida Heart Research Institute in putting on important events that generate funding for their mission, which involves saving lives by finding new treatments and cures for heart disease, educating people on how to be heart healthy, and providing screenings and clinical trials that both catch problems and offer patients new hope beyond current standard treatments. Having worked with hundreds of organizations, I can tell you Florida Heart Research Institute stands out among the best of the best.

Furthermore, on a personal note, when my mother was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, her physician pulled me aside to tell me it was a deadly diagnosis. Back then, in the early 90’s, people with congestive heart failure had a 100 percent chance of dying within four years. And they faced a slow, debilitating demise. But thanks to the discoveries made by researchers at the Florida Heart Research Institute along with their colleagues, my mother lived a full, quite robust life for another ten years! Yes, the last 6 months were somewhat difficult, but when you are 96, that might be expected! Because of the findings and new treatments brought about through the clinical trials of Florida Heart Research Institute, just when the positive effect of a certain drug or treatment was wearing thin, her doctor was able to offer my mother a new drug that would revive her and give her quality of life for extended periods. I am forever grateful for the innovations the Florida Heart Research Institute has helped to bring about for patients just like my mother. I heartily endorse their foundation and the work they do to save and improve the quality of our lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in the wellness field for 15 years. Miami Heart Research is one of the best in the Nation,

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Miami Heart Research provides screening for chronic conditions to undeserved and vulnerable populations in Miami Dade County. They are an assest to the community in reducing health disparities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Florida Heart Research Institute has been instrumental in many initiatives put forth by Miami-Dade County Government. Their partnering in some of our activities has been invaluable because they not only bring great expertise to areas of prevention but also bring a great deal of networking opportunities free of charge.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved in several Miami Heart Research Institute sponsored events including the Nicole Miller Fashion show@ 656 Collins Ave. Miami Beach and the Food Truck Rally @ Museum of Science in Miami. I feel these were quailty events and well attended. As a result of these efforts I plan to continue to support this charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My participation occured as a volunteer and as a representative for the schools culinary arts programs. The Heart Research Institute provided a great opportunity for students to participate in their Heart of a Chef event. Top culinary students from two high schools in our student organization, Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) were able to compete in an "Iron Chef" competition, preparing a heart healthy meal that was judged and a winner received a prize. We also provided an opportunity for middle school students to display fruit and vegetable carvings, of which a winner received a prize. This brought many families to the event to learn about heart healthy food preparation and heart healthy eating habits.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout the year, they have many fun events that are well attended. This brings in a lot of new supporters.

Dani B.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Miami Heart Research Institute or Florida Heart Research Institutes has been a great organization to work with. We work with them to raise the needed funds to help further the great work they do in the community. Everyone we have worked with has been very professional and helpful. They are a great organization, working hard to help those in the community take better care of their hearts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my involvement with Miami Heart Research Institute in 2008 when I met Sallie Byrd who asked me to host a kick off for a new event they had created called 'Limo to Lunch'. Sallie and her team have kept me involved and in the loop of the organization since then. I was impressed by the outreach for awareness of heart health that the organization provides. They also made a point of inviting my employees at the time in to be evaluated.

Advisor

Rating: 5

It's very simple. We work with 100 to 140 NFP organizations each year. MHRI leads the pack in the services they provide, the results they accomplish, their interaction with the community and their ethics.

Exceptionally highly recommended!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have used FHRI on numerous occasions for our clients - presentations, workshops and screenings. The staff is always very professional and knowledgeable. It makes our job so much easier. It is a pleasure to work with the staff and management. Thank you FHRI!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While at a local health store, I noticed a crowd of mostly elderly people crowding some booths. I was pleasantly suprised to see the extent to which Florida Heart was going to go out and there and promote awareness. The elderly are an important part of our society and there are not enough organizations helping them out. Kudos Florida Heart!

Elena K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a Teaching Assistant for eight University of Miami students working on a marketing plan for the "Heart of a Chef" event for the Heart Research Institute. Sallie Byrd and Staci Ehrenkrantz of the organization were extraordinarily helpful to the students' professional growth and have an evident passion for their work. Both communicated regularly and effectively with our team and provided us with all the information needed on their organization. I also had the pleasure of being invited with the students to the "Heart of a Chef" event and had a wonderful time experiencing an exciting and educational event organized by the institute.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have co-chaired two years in a row the Heart of a Chef event to raise awareness on heart healthy eating. We have held the event at the Museum of Science so as to make it a family event and thus educate children as well. Tremendous community support and turnout is a hallmark of the event.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Florida Heart Research Institute’s has been a part of South Florida for many years. Collaboratively working on research projects with national organizations to bring about the latest in cardiac health improvements. FHR offers free community screenings, counseling and assists those in need of medical attention in finding appropriate healthcare if they don’t have a doctor.

This organization provides important Heart Health services to South Floridians.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Florida Heart Institute goes into all communities servicing the public health for free with professional and important screenings. They are also on the forfront of teaching and alerting the piblic to the benefits of push CPR

Paul K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

in the course of a free cardiovascular screening, i was discovered to have several serious risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The personnel at the Research Institute could not have been kinder or more helpful in educating me about my risk and in helping me to find appropriate treatment. In essence, they may have saved my life! (and they couldn't have been nicer about it)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Florida Heart is an amazing organization. They are committed to working with the community and are particular interested in finding "hard to reach" patients through outreach and education.

They have "mastered" the art of conducting health fairs in our community ... they work well with all groups and agencies in our community ... they are a reliable and awesome resource!

Everyone loves Florida Heart!