Being able to stay in the region and receive outstanding surgical care is a real boost. It’s a new program, with an excellent start. I was extremely impressed with everything. Everyone I met during my surgery provided care, second to none.


I was born with a hole in my heart. Only diagnosed 11 years ago, I saw a cardiologist annually. Not until I was in my early 50’s did I start to feel there was anything wrong. While still in the chair recovering from an angiogram I was told not only would I need open heart surgery, a date would be available for me within weeks.

My doctors all told me what I knew as normal my entire life, wasn’t normal. Today I feel like I have been given a second chance. I have been given a new lease of life.