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2014 Education and Training Conference
June 19 - 22, 2014
Indianapolis, IN



Dear Fellow Mended Hearts Member,

On behalf of the Central Region, we are pleased to invite you to the 62nd Mended Hearts Education and Training Conference held in Indianapolis, IN, June 19 – 22 at The Westin Indianapolis. Many prominent speakers, along with information‐packed workshops fill this year’s exciting agenda!

Our conference theme is, “INSPIRE, INFORM, IGNITE!” Our goal is for every attendee to walk away with a renewed commitment to be a healthier patient and/or committed caregiver and to lead others by example.

You will be INSPIRED by key chapter leaders who will be offering their broad range of first‐hand leadership experience in regards to growing your membership, training the visitor, and ways to enable members to learn and to share with each other.

Furthermore, keynote speakers will offer the latest INFORMation on what is available to you as a heart patient and the latest offerings in heart technology.

Our guarantee is that you will be IGNITED by attending the conference!

On behalf of the Conference Committee and the Mended Hearts Board of Directors, I am honored as the National Conference Chair to invite you to attend!

Please contact the National office at 888‐HEART‐99 or info@mendedhearts.org if you prefer a hard copy of this registration packet.

Looking forward to seeing you in Indy!!

Marvin Keyser
2014 National Conference Chair



Join Mended Hearts members from across the country in Indianapolis, IN for a week of education, networking and entertainment. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with other chapter members from across the nation. We sincerely hope that this information is helpful to you in planning your trip to the 2014 Mended Hearts Annual Education and Training Conference.

Buddy / First-Timer Session
Is this your first time attending a MHI conference? Allow us to pair veteran MHI members/attendees who will introduce newcomers to the MHI “ropes”. Seasoned MHI members are encouraged to become a “buddy” to a first-time attendee. Buddies and first timers will sit together during the opening and closing dinners to share the week’s experiences.

Farewell Award Dinner
The conference concludes with an evening of recognition for the MHI membership.  This event is considered by many the “Academy Awards” of MHI. Chapters and members will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to their local community both in education and leadership. The event is not to be missed!



Hotel Reservations
Please contact the hotel directly regarding your hotel accommodations. The Mended Hearts negotiated room rate is: $119 Single/Double occupancy; $129 Triple occupancy; $139 Quadruple occupancy; plus the current rate of 17% for state and local taxes. Guest room rates are also available three days pre and post the official event dates, based on availability. Reservations must be made by May 18, 2014 to secure the MHI room rate.

The Westin Indianapolis
50 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-262-8100 or 1-800-228-3000

(Refer to group name “Mended Hearts”)

Check in time: 3:00 p.m.
Check out time: Noon

Hotel Website for Reservations

Hotel Parking
The Westin Indianapolis offers valet parking and is available at the hotel entrance.

  • Overnight Valet: $35 per day with in/out privileges. Parking is charged to guest room.
  • Self-parking: $28 per day with no in/out privileges. Guests must pay at parking lot kiosks located on the first and second floors of the garage.

Hotel Cancellations
Room cancellations should be made directly with the hotel within 72 hours prior to your arrival date to avoid credit card charges.

On-Site Hotel Services:

  • Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel as well as in sleeping rooms
  • Assistive devices for guests with disabilities
  • Business center – full service
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift shop 2
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Room service from 6 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Local restaurant dinner delivery
  • Fitness center
  • Heated Indoor pool with whirlpool



Transportation to and from Indy International Airport (IND) – 13 miles from hotel:
The Indianapolis International Airport is a short low-traffic 20 minutes from The Westin Hotel.

Click here to view other Transportation options to and from Indy.



Registration Fee
Registration must be received at the National office (postmarked or online) no later than May 1, 2014. Forms received prior to May 1, 2014 will receive the early bird rate of $300 per person. This includes: one breakfast, three lunches, one reception with food, two dinners, the registration fee for four days of sessions, take-home resources, and a tote bag filled with conference materials.


Late Conference Registration
An additional $35 fee for late registration will be charged for applications received after May 1, 2014.


Other Ways to Participate

If you can't attend the conference, there are other opportunities for participation:

  • Purchase an ad in the Conference Program Book
  • Participate as an exhibitor
  • Purchase tickets for an opportunity to win a free trip to Indianapolis, registration fee and or 5 day sleeping rooms
  • Donate items for the Mended Little Hearts care package program

For more information, click here.



Weather in Indianapolis
Average June temperatures in Indianapolis:

Average High 82°F
Average Low 62°F

The month of June offers occasional showers, so please bring your umbrella.

Business casual attire is best for conference events. For the special awards dinner, we suggest gentlemen wear a coat and tie, and ladies an after-five dress or business attire. The Executive Committee will also host a 50’s themed reception on Saturday, June 21st. We encourage you to wear your 50/60’s themed attire – poodle skirts, rolled up jeans, etc.!!

Be sure to remember comfortable walking shoes for touring Indianapolis. Bring your sunglasses and light backpacks for carrying bottled water and/or medications. MOST IMPORTANTLY – REMEMBER YOUR CAMERA!


** Featured Events **

Movie NightMovie Night:
Friday, June 20th, 8:30 p.m.
You’re invited to Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts movie night! Join us for a movie and refreshments.

Meet and Greet 50’s/60’s Themed Reception:
Saturday, June 21th, 6:30‐8:30 p.m.
Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts come meet and greet the President and National Executive Committee! Don’t forget to wear your 50’s attire –poodle skirts and rolled up jeans are welcome! Entertainment and light appetizers will be served.


Fitness Strolls
No need to miss your regular morning walks! Join fellow Mended Hearts members, and walk leader Jim Oldfield (chapter 230, Pontiac, Michigan, Ironheart Foundation) for several organized walks throughout the week.

Zumba will be offered again this year! Zumba is an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance-fitness party that’s moving millions of people toward exercise and better health. You won’t want to miss this Zumba experience!

Health Screenings
Health screenings will be available at no charge in the exhibit area.

Scooters will be available to rent. In order to provide the vendor an estimated head count, please be sure to indicate scooter needs on your registration form under the “Special Requests” section. Rental costs are $150 for 4 days (one-half the normal fee) and must be paid for in advance.



The hotel has been provided with heart-healthy guidelines for meal preparations and will offer healthy options when possible. Don’t forget to sign up for Farewell Dinner seating preferences at the registration table upon check-in!