HMHP Patients Celebrate “Renewed Hearts” at Reunion

Some 65 patients who’ve undergone open-heart surgery in the past year celebrated with family, friends, physicians, nurses and other health care providers during St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center’s Renewed Hearts Reunion April 17 at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman. This is the seventh year for the annual event.

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Humility of Mary Health Partners; St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center

Dr. Jeffrey Fulton, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Wilma "Marie" Tomocik, an open-heart surgery survivor, celebrate during St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center's Renewed Hearts Reunion.

What we really like about this event is that we get to see you back to normal, in your normal clothes -- not a hospital gown, out to dinner and having a good time.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (PRWEB) April 19, 2013

One Sunday evening, Wilma “Marie” Tomocik felt a pain in her shoulder. Not thinking much of it, she took an over-the-counter pain reliever and went to bed. The next day, her pain returned, prompting her to call her doctor. A blood test revealed Tomocik had suffered a heart attack.

The next day, Tomocik, who is slender and active, underwent a triple bypass at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

“I really didn’t even have time to think,” she says, but trusted Dr. Jeffrey Fulton and Dr. Ray Crouch, cardiothoracic surgeons, HMHP Physician Associates, when they told her she needed open-heart surgery.

Two months later, she and her dance partner were waltzing across the room at Kuzman’s and McMenamy’s, both hotspots for ballroom dancers. A month after that, they picked up the pace dancing to polka music and the following month – four months after her surgery – Tomocik was back to her old self, jitterbugging at dance halls throughout the region at least two nights a week. “I really love to dance,” she beams, a smile spreading across her face.

Tomocik was one of some 65 patients who’ve undergone open-heart surgery in the past year celebrating with family, friends, physicians, nurses and other health care providers during St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Center’s Renewed Hearts Reunion April 17 at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman. This is the seventh year for the annual event.

“What we really like about this event is that we get to see you back to normal, in your normal clothes – not a hospital gown, out to dinner, having a good time,” Dr. Fulton said, welcoming patients and their guests.

It’s also an opportunity for patients to share their experiences with each other and collectively celebrate their good health.

Conversations at many tables had patients bantering back and forth, citing surgery dates and procedures. “I had surgery Feb. 17, 2012," said Edward Rubicky of Poland, holding up a hand with thumb and fingers spread to indicate that he underwent a quintuple bypass. “But he’s got me beat,” Rubicky said, motioning to one of his tablemates.

Gregory Rochow of Canfield had a sextuple bypass Nov. 15, 2012. Rochow rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle to the reunion.

Steve Gondol of North Jackson, like all of those in attendance, credits his physician with returning him to good health. Gondol underwent quadruple bypass surgery Feb. 17, 2012. His physician is Dr. Ray Crouch.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners:
Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at http://www.HMpartners.org. ###


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