Lester R. Sauvage founded the Reconstructive Cardiovascular Research Laboratory as a branch of Providence Seattle Medical Center in 1959. Lester R. Sauvage, MD was a young cardiovascular surgeon in 1959 when he founded the Hope Heart Institute, a cardiovascular research facility. He began his practices at Providence Seattle Medical Center and Childrens Medical Center in Seattle just a few months before opening the doors of The Hope. His efforts were balanced between his clinical research and his work as a surgeon. The worlds first successful experimental Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) operation using the patients own vein as a bypass graft was accomplished in 1963. The Hope Heart Institute is a Washington State based non-profit investing 100% of net program funds to support Washington State residents. The Hope Heart Institute is committed to serving humanity through cardiovascular research and education. This institute dedicated to preventing and treating heart and blood vessel disease, and to improving the physical, emotional and spiritual quality of life for all at risk of-or affected by-cardiovascular disease. Hope Heart institute has partnership with Alaskan Observers Inc, Allrecipes.com, Amazonsmile, Amdocs, Inc., Bartell Drugs, Bader Martin , P.S., Bill Stroecker Foundation, Caliber Home Loans, Claffeys Painting, Competition Specialties, Columbia Distributing, Executive Womens Golf Association, Foster Pepper & Shefelman, GFWC Chambers Bay Womens Club, Group Health Community Foundation, Honeywell Hometown Solutions, International Health Awareness Center, Inc., John M. Gilbertson Foundation, Molina Healthcare, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Northwest Ladies Golf Association, Pacific Hospital PDA, Ryan Swanson & Cleveland, Safeway Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, Seattle Childrens, Taco Time NW, The Balanced Athlete, Uber Technologies, UPS Foundation, WA State Boys and Girls Clubs Association, Washington Dental Service, Wilson Gift Fund etc. Hope Heart Institute conducts many programs on cardiovascular diseases. There are School based programs educating youth on anatomy, fitness, nutrition, stress reduction and goal setting. Also considering women with a focus on identifying signs, symptoms and ways to decrease cardiovascular disease, Women Take Heart partners with under resourced communities at high risk for cardiovascular disease by providing free community education, resources and support. This institute provides Hands Only CPR and AED training to increase awareness and preparedness for individuals to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency.