Vision and Mission

Our Vision

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) aims to create a world without heart and vascular disease. Our efforts are focused on improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education. This bold vision fuels efforts to investigate new protocols and treatments designed to save lives. Through more than 175 current industry- and investigator-initiated research projects, MHIF is leading the way to better outcomes. Each year, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation investigators publish more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and speak at scientific meetings around the world.

Our Mission

“To improve the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.” Achieving our mission takes teamwork. And, it takes collective effort to share the learnings from our research to create the highest impact. Last year alone, the MHIF team provided more than 10,000 hours of education through training, conferences and presentations. By sharing new findings widely with others, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation can inform policies, protocols and future efforts to improve lives.

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® is Driving Innovation

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is driven to radically change the trajectory of prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Since inception, Minneapolis Heart Institute® physicians have contributed more than $21 million to MHIF. This support has fueled cutting-edge innovations such as:

  • The renowned MHIF Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center attracts more than 300 individuals annually from around the world.
  • The LEVEL ONE Heart Attack Program was designed to reduce door-to-balloon stent time for those suffering a heart attack. The program’s staff have treated 4,347 heart attack victims since 2003, reducing deaths by more than 50 percent and establishing new treatment protocols across the country.
  • The COOL-IT program was designed to significantly improve survival and neurologic outcomes after sudden cardiac arrest. Through a treatment protocol, which manages body temperature to give the body sufficient time to recover, this program has become standard practice around the world.
  • Transcatheter treatment of heart valve disease: Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital is a national leader in the transcatheter treatment of aortic and mitral valve disease. Minimally invasive treatments reduce the need for open heart surgery and offer new options for those who otherwise could not withstand more invasive procedures.
  • Hearts Beat Back®: The Heart of New Ulm Project (HONU): This ground-breaking community health improvement initiative aims to eliminate heart attacks in the city of New Ulm, Minn.. The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, in partnership with Allina Health, New Ulm Medical Center and community leadership, is researching what it takes to dramatically change an entire population’s health. Since its inception in 2009, HONU has helped to bring blood pressure and cholesterol levels in line with recommended guidelines. Citizens are more physically active, restaurants serve healthy options, and families are eating more fruits and vegetables.

Together, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, in partnership with the physicians at Minneapolis Heart Institute®, is changing outcomes and improving individual and community health.