The primary purpose of the Heart Exchange is to provide emotional support for transplant patients during the difficult wait for a donor organ and to support those who have received transplants at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Members of the group are available to visit patients and families in the hospital, and we sponsor a supportive "Heart Exchange social" each month at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Our secondary objective is to educate the general public about organ transplantation and to encourage organ donation. We promote organ donor awareness through a wide range of media, including radio and TV advertising, educational literature and posters, T-shirts, health fairs and sporting events. We provide speakers to schools, churches, businesses, and civic organizations to further educate thee communities about organ transplantation.
We contribute financial support to CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Texas Heart Institute for the development and improvement of transplantation facilities and research. The Heart Exchange makes funds available to CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center transplant nurses to further their professional growth through transplant-related seminars.
Our Board 2018-2019
Photographer - Kelly Spencer
Edgar Vesga - Dana Zimmerman
Welcome to the Heart Exchange Support Group!
Membership requires no dues, only a desire to further the Heart Exchange's objectives of patient support, donor awareness, and support of professional education and research.
The Heart Exchange Support Group Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was chartered in 1986. It is affiliated with CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Most of our active members are also members of theCHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Heart Exchange activities are funded by donations, and memorial gifts. Funds are used directly on support programs, including temporary housing, prescription medications, and financial aid for needy patients and families identified by the Social Services department at CHI St. Luke's Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Elected boards of directors comprising a president, vice president/ secretary, vice-president/ treasurer, and 15+ general board members, governs the corporation and receive no compensation.
Business meetings are held at 5 PM in the Cooley Auditorium at the Denton Cooley Texas Heart Institute Building, on the second Saturday of each month.