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Jackson Hospital Heart Patient Runs Marathon Four Months Post-Surgery

Hospital news | Tuesday, December 4, 2007

At age 46 Jere Beasley began feeling numbing sensations in his left arm. He thought nothing of it at first, but after six weeks of it consistently reappearing, he thought it was time to have it checked out by his doctor. Results from a stress test indicated he had to have a cath test done, so he was referred to a specialist.

“Often times people in Montgomery think they have to travel to Birmingham or Atlanta to receive the best of the best no matter what it is – to get their hair done, buy the latest styles, receive the best medical treatment,” said Jere. “But we have some of the best doctors right here in Montgomery. Dr. Stephen Kwan performed my triple bypass surgery at Jackson Hospital, and I only have great things to say about my care and treatment. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. There’s no need to look elsewhere to receive the best in medical care.”

Jere went in for surgery on Friday, June 29, and was discharged that following Monday. As soon as he got home he was up and walking a quarter of a mile. He set a goal of running one mile by the end of the first week post-surgery, two miles the second week, three the third up until he achieved eight miles after eight weeks. He also joined a group of YMCA runners. They would meet every Friday morning at 6am to run. They were his support group through it all – encouraging him but also making sure he didn’t over do it too fast.

Five weeks post-surgery Jere ran the Red Cross 5K, then nine weeks post-surgery he ran the Chick-fil-a five-mile run. He was disappointed when he clocked eight seconds short of qualifying for the Boston marathon. However, that did not take him out of the race.

This Saturday, December 8, he is running in the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Ala. Jere has been training for this big day and he knows he has to start the race off at a slow pace.

“I’m a little nervous. But I’ve learned to listen to my body. Your body language is a great indicator of what’s going on inside,” said Jere.

Jackson Hospital’s Cardiac Services

Jackson Hospital is well-equipped to handle all matters of the heart. Our Heart Center consists of a Cardiac Cath Lab, state-of-the-art Open Heart Surgical Suites, CCU, and CVICU, as well as a newly implemented CarePoint System in the Emergency Department.

The cath lab is equipped with a Philips flat panel cardiac system capable of completing diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures and peripheral procedures without surgery. The new system allows more data to be collected during each procedure and provides staff with instant access to a patient’s history.

Another area of focus is in the provision of emergency intervention to prevent or reduce the harm from heart attacks. Jackson Hospital is well equipped to rapidly diagnose and treat cardiac emergencies, including 24-hour availability of cardiac stent placement and cardiac surgery if needed.

Another technological advancement is in the way local EMS teams can transfer data to the Jackson ED faster than ever before via the new CAREPoint System. This system allows fire medics to transmit 12 lead EKGs from a patient’s home, so if they are having a heart attack we are able to see it on the monitor in the ED and hence call a team to action prior to a patient’s arrival.

We continue to expand and invest in our Heart Center in order to better serve the River Region community as the demand for heart care increases.

For more information on Jackson Hospital cardiac services or to interview Jere Beasley, please contact Peter Frohmader, director of marketing, at 334-293-8981.

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