Sandra Nebel thought she was suffering from the flu last October when she went to her physician. Little did she know, she would end up at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center (CNIMC) in McHenry to become the hospital’s first open heart surgery patient.
One year later, Sandra is celebrating along side Centegra’s 140 additional open heart surgery patients who have had their lives saved during the first year of Centegra’s open heart surgery program at its one-year birthday party at CNIMC on October 29, 2007.
Attendees at this milestone celebration included past and current cardiac patients, Centegra physicians and associates. The celebration included an honorary birthday cake cutting to celebrate not only the program’s first birthday but also the additional birthdays that the cardiac patients have been able to celebrate because of the addition of McHenry County’s first and only open heart surgery program.
“We are proud to be able to offer such a vital service to the greater McHenry County community,” Michael S. Eesley, Centegra president and CEO said. “Our team at Centegra has worked diligently to bring this much-needed service to the county and the number of patients we have helped to save in the first year alone has proven the need and has shown the difference we have made in lives of so many,” he added.
Centegra expected to perform 75 procedures in the first year and 200 by the end of the second year, but Centegra’s program has exceeded expectations and performed 140 open heart surgeries in its first year.
Centegra partnered with Cardiac Surgery Associates, the leading cardiac surgery group in Illinois, a year ago to be the cardiovascular surgical team performing all of Centegra’s cardiovascular procedures. “The physicians of CSA have provided our patients with the highest-quality cardiac care in the state and they continue to focus on new ways to bring the most state-of-the-art cardiac care right here to McHenry County,” said, Suzan Buchaklian, Executive Director Centegra Cardiovascular Services.
In the past year, Centegra has also expanded its cardiovascular program to include a third cardiac catheterization lab to perform life-saving angioplasty procedures and an electrophysiology lab to help correct heart electrical problems. “The people of McHenry County should feel secure knowing that Centegra has developed a university-medical-center-quality cardiac program right here in McHenry County and will continue to be dedicated to providing the highest-quality, vital healthcare services to the residents in our community,” Eesley, said.