Pamela is a practicing Pediatric Cardiologist in Spokane since 2000. Her emphasis is on echo and noninvasive imaging. With her extensive background knowledge in Pediatric Cardiology, she realized that taking good care of children affected by CHD did not just involve surgical planning and administering medications. It also involved looking out for the overall well-being of children. She believes that Beats and Rhythms camp is a place where all are encouraged to do what they can where they can meet other kids who have had similar experiences.
Nancy has had the privilege to work at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital for over 22 years. During that time, she has often witnessed children, born with a congenital heart defect fight for their life. Their courage and resilience is inspiring. When the opportunity to serve on the board arose, she immediately jumped at the chance. In addition to serving as Beats and Rhythm’s secretary, she attends camp each summer, providing age appropriate nutrition education, thematic cookbooks and assisting with activities.
Elke has been involved with Beats and Rhythms, Inc since 2007 when she was recruited as an Activity Coordinator for the 2nd camp. After that first experience she had such fun and saw what a positive experience it was for the campers that she knew she was hooked. Every year at camp she sees kids make friends and gain confidence by challenging themselves both mentally and physically. Elke is so proud of each and every one of them. It is a lot of hard work, but it is, more than anything, a labor of love.
Heather and Josh Pare
Josh and Heather started and lead the young teens group "Upbeats" and help at Beats & Rhythms different events. Josh was born with a congenital heart disease himself and holds a special place in his heart for all the kids. He continues to inspire kids by remaining active by doing triathlons and this is something Heather and Josh now enjoy doing together. They hope to inspire kids with congenital heart disease to do what the love, and live an active and healthy life.
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Katrina has been involved in congenital cardiology for many years, first as an echocardiographer, and now as a PA-C with the PATCH (Providence Adult and Teen Congenital Heart) program. She enjoys working with the adult population and helping to build community through patient gatherings and other events so that no one feels alone in this process.Type your paragraph here.
Beats and Rhythms Inc. is a support network for children and families affected by Congenital Heart Disease. Through summer camp and organized support groups, children and families can build meaningful relationships. Our goal is to create a strong community of people that will connect and share their vision of growing up with similar experiences. We want to make a difference in the world of Congenital Heart Disease, with awareness, support, and a positive attitude.
Connect families through support networks with the intention to create a positive community.
Promote a culture where children with Congenital Heart Disease are able to achieve physiologic and social wellness. Our focus is on what they can do instead of what they cannot.
Create awareness of Congenital Heart Disease in the Inland Northwest.
What We Value
We want to have a far-reaching and positive impact on the population of families that are affected by Congenital Heart Disease in the Inland Northwest.
Beth Dullanty Connors
Beth has been involved with Beats and Rhythms since its inception in 2002. As a Registered Nurse, she has worked in Pediatrics caring for children and families for her entire career. Since 2002, she has had the privilege and honor of serving as the inpatient cardiac coordinator at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. She loves caring for children and families and hopes to make a difference in their hospital experience. She loves to see many children grow up and reach adulthood despite their condition.Type your paragraph here.
Beats and Rhythms was established and incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in 2002. This was accomplished under the direction of Brenda Corsaro, mother of a child with congenital heart disease. She began the organization with an emphasis on support and education for teens and their families. In 2008, another mother of a child with CHD, Michelle Jones, spear headed the organization and implemented the first camp designed for children with CHD in the area. Now Beats and Rhythms Cardiac Camp is an annual event.
Since its inception, Beats and Rhythms has been an organization completely led by volunteers. All donations and proceeds from fundraising are used to directly serve our patients and families.
As a Pediatric Cardiologist, Sarah has the privilege of caring for many very special patients and their families. Helping patients realize that congenital heart disease is part of their lives, and not their whole life, is one of her favorite parts of her job. B&R camp, activities, parties, and groups help kids and adults living with congenital heart disease connect in a way that is validating and uplifting. Sarah is a new member to the board and a camp medical staff volunteer since 2017. She is honored to serve on a board that supports these positive and affirming connections.Type your paragraph here.