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Miami Heart Research Institute Inc

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Causes: Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders Research

Mission: Miami heart research institute is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to stop heart disease through research, education and prevention. Miami heart research institute's novel approach to collaborative research on the national level serves as a critical impetus to the introduction and development of innovative research efforts. This unique approach has proven highly effective in directing critical resources to open new and vital areas of scientific exploration.

Programs: Cardiovascular research: the miami heart research institute is well positioned for a long and productive future in cardiovascular research, education and prevention by combining our unique resources with those of other established centers. Whether in partnership with another research center of excellence nationally or another community service organization locally, we believe that we are stronger as a team than we each are individually. Working collaboratively with other organizations allows each entity to participate fully where their individual strengths lie. Our independence allows us to pursue research, education and prevention programs based solely upon scientific merit and pursuit of our mission. Miami heart research institute's programs and alliances are not influenced by political agendas or projected profits. Unlike affiliated research facilities, this freedom permits us to focus on projects and research partners that demonstrate the most promise for advancement in the field. Partnerships are selected based upon their world-class expertise, credentials and their ability to contribute to the project. These cooperative relationships allow mhri to "fast track" the project bypassing the usual bureaucracy endured by larger institutions. Research projects are selected based upon their scientific validity and their contribution to the advancement of our understanding of the prevention, diagnosis, treatment of heart disease and the disease process. Projects are reviewed by our scientific advisory panel, which is comprised of the physician members of mhri's board. Projects where there has not yet been sufficient interest, knowledge or support are preferred which gives mhri a cutting edge niche as an innovator and leader.

education and prevention: education and prevention projects are pursued that improve public health, reduce health disparities and / or increase access to care in measurable and meaningful ways. At the miami heart research institute, 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.

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.