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Centegra Performs 100th Open Heart Surgery Procedure

Charles Mehlman, a 68-year-old Nunda Township resident, thought he was just sick with a fever but his fever turned out to be a symptom of a heart attack. Mr. Mehlman was transported from his doctor’s office to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center to undergo an emergency quadruple bypass, which ultimately saved his life. Mr. Mehlman is the 100th patient to receive open heart surgery at Centegra Health System.

It has been nearly a year since Centegra Health System began performing open heart surgeries after it earned approval from the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board to provide such services at its Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center campus in McHenry. The program was expected to do only 75 procedures during the first year and has already exceeded that number in its first nine months.

Centegra Health System is proud to be able to offer this much-needed, life-saving procedure to the people in McHenry County. “We worked diligently to ensure the people of McHenry County would have the cardiovascular services they needed and we are pleased to know that the addition of open heart surgery in McHenry County has made such an impact on so many lives right here in our own community, Michael S. Eesley, Centegra President and CEO, said.

Centegra is also expanding its cardiovascular services with the addition of a third cardiac catheterization lab, electrophysiology services and the enlargement of its cardiac rehabilitation gym at the Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center campus in McHenry.