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Miami Heart Research Institute Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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!