Lifesaving Intervention from Local Healthcare Team
“The medical team did exactly what they had to do. Otherwise, Peggy could have died.” That’s Bob Smith (right) talking about the care his sister-in-law Peggy (second from left) recently received at St. Vincent Health.
It all started when Bob and Peggy, along with their spouses, Tom (left) and Ginny (second from right), had spent the day at Dinosaur National Park. The next morning, Peggy, who’s a diabetic, woke up with a headache, extreme nausea and shortness of breath. Tom and Bob took Peggy to an urgent care facility.
Almost immediately, Amy King, a physician assistant with Rocky Mountain Family Practice, sent Peggy to the ER at St. Vincent Health.
A series of tests revealed that Peggy was having a heart attack. She was also dehydrated and her blood sugar level was dangerously high. The emergency medical team stabilized Peggy’s condition so that she could then undergo surgery to repair four blocked arteries.
Bob himself is no stranger to St. Vincent Health. He’s recently had knee replacement surgery and is rehabilitating at St. Vincent Physical Therapy.
“St. Vincent Health is a vital asset for our community,” says Bob, who serves as chairman of the St. Vincent Health Foundation. “Peggy is living proof of that.”