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Testimonials: Cardiovascular Services


Pat Peil

A Second Chance and a Fresh Start                                   

Pat Peil

Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Open Heart Surgery Patient

Midland, Michigan

“I have more strength and energy than I ever knew. I hope others who find themselves in need of this procedure understand that it truly can be a fresh start.”

Judy Gaeth

Back on Pace and Feeling Better Than Ever

Judy Gaeth

Retiree Who Loves Baking Cookies for Her Grandsons and Electrophysiology Patient

Pigeon, Michigan

“This procedure just did wonders. I was able to breathe easier and had more of a feeling of wellbeing because my heart was working better. I felt like I did way back when.” 

Linda Elizardo

Barely a Scar After Heart Valve Surgery

Linda Elizardo

Gardening Enthusiast, GM Retiree and Heart Valve Surgery Patient

Gladwin, Michigan

"With the new heart valve surgery, I did not need to have my chest bone cut. The scar was so small the home care nurse had to look for it."

Lee Trevino

The Beat Goes on For Lee Trevino

Eligio "Lee" Trevino

Husband, Father, Gratiot County Deputy Sheriff and Emergency Cardiac Patient

St. Louis, Michigan

“I know I’m very lucky to be alive.”

Cheryl Sharrow

Diagnosis of a Rare Disorder Brings Relief after 12 Years

Cheryl Sharrow

Wife and Mom, Pharmacy Technician and Vascular Surgery Patient

Farwell, Michigan

“If you’re having doubts about a vascular problem that might have started 20 years ago, times have changed. There is so much new technology and understanding. Don’t be afraid to go and see about it. Make yourself feel better.” 

David Near

Enjoying Life With a Heart That's Back in Rhythm

David Near

Husband and Father, Consultant and Cardiac Catheter Ablation Patient 

Midland, Michigan

“After dealing with atrial fibrillation for 25 years, I am now completely off heart medication and have absolutely no restrictions whatsoever. I’m glad I had cardiac catheter ablation. It changed my life.” 

Bobbie Zimmerman

Enjoying Life Without Fear of Her Heart Racing 

Barbara (Bobbie) Zimmerman

Retiree and Great-Grandmother

Midland, Michigan

"Before the cardiac catheter ablation, I was afraid to do anything, for fear I would go into A-fib. Now I’m working in my garden, and I’m free to travel."

Robert Thrush

Expedited Treatment Saved His Heart and His Life

Robert Thrush

Retired Police Officer and STEMI Heart Attack Patient

Gladwin, Michigan

“They bypassed the ER and went directly to the Cath Lab where the doctor and his team were waiting for me. That’s what saved my life.”

Gary Bennet

He Doesn't Miss a Beat

Gary Bennett

Active Retiree and Granddad Who Beat Atrial Fibrillation 

West Branch, Michigan

“When I asked Dr. Islam if atrial fibrillation was something I had to live with, she said no, it wasn’t. She said she could fix it, and she did.”

Pat Galloway

Heart Laser Gives Grandma Back Her Bounce

Pat Galloway

Gardener, Grandma and Heart Patient

Midland, Michigan

"My chest hurt so bad, I couldn’t even leave the house, let alone keep up with my grandson. Heart bypass wasn’t an option, so when Dr. Jones showed me how the heart laser could help, I went with it."

Ed Phillipson

Heart Problems Didn't Sideline This Ref

Ed Phillipson

Husband, Dad, Coach, Referee and Heart Patient Who Runs a 10-Minute Mile (So Far)

Hemlock, Michigan

“After heart surgery, I was afraid I might have to give up coaching and officiating, but with help from my family, friends and the folks at MidMichigan, I feel like I can accomplish my goals.” 

Jerry Vasilko

Hockey Player Wins Face-Off with Blocked Artery

Jerry Vasilko

Network Architect, Weekend Hockey Player and Cardiac Patient

Midland, Michigan

"Driving home after my first hockey game of the season, I had pain in my chest and back. Plaque was totally blocking my artery, the one they call the ‘widowmaker.’ Waiting could have been deadly; but luckily, within about an hour, I was at MidMichigan having angioplasty to open the artery."

Mary Farlow

"Keep moving and never give up!"

Mary Farlow

Animal Lover and Cardiology Patient

St. Louis, Michigan

“Thanks to Dr. Diehl, I can still do everything I want to do.”

Gerald Eatherton

Local Surgeon Helps Midland Man Choose Life

Gerald Eatherton

Retiree and Vascular Surgery Patient

Midland, MI

“Dr. Haqqani was fantastic, and he treated Mary Lou very well. His staff is great, too. Whatever we needed, follow-up appointments, information, anything, they took care of it.”

Jueckstock, Doris

Moving Comfortably After Treatment for PAD

Doris Jueckstock

Grandmother who can be more active since being treated for PAD

Clare, Michigan

“I praise Dr. Duncan up and down, no matter where I go. I trust him and I trust my life in his hands.”

Dave Sarafolean

No More Arrhythmia, No More Medications

Dave Sarafolean

Husband, Dad, Pastor and Electrophysiology Patient

“My situation was serious. Who knows how long it would have been before it was detected or before I had a stroke? But now I’m off meds and don’t have any symptoms. My heartbeat has been taken care of.”

Mary Jo Robb

On the Go With Just a Minor Scar After New Heart Valve Surgery

Mary Jo Robb

Gardener, Traveler and Heart Valve Surgery Patient

Midland, Michigan

"I couldn't walk to the mailbox without huffing and puffing, but now I'm back on the go. The new heart valve surgery was amazing, and the scar is not going to show."

John Bartos Testimonial Photo

Procedure Performed Through the Wrist Meant Faster Recovery

John Bartos

Retired Businessman, Community Volunteer and Radial Approach Catheterization Patient

Midland, Michigan

“You’d expect this kind of care at the Mayo Clinic, but we have it right here in Midland. The technology and skill levels are top-notch.” 

 

Cummins, Tom

Rehab Put Him Back On His Feet

Tom Cummins

Retiree, Active United Way Board Member and Short-Term Rehab Patient

Pratt Lake, Michigan

“Without exception, if I needed short-term therapy again, I’d go back to the Pines in a heartbeat.”

Virgil Staudacher

Retiree Chose One Stop Post Op Care

Virgil Staudacher

General Motors Foundry Retiree and Open Heart Surgery Patient

Bay City, Michigan

"I was tired and I could hardly do anything. I would start a project and not be able to finish it because I was so fatigued. Now, I feel like I’m pretty much capable of doing anything I was doing before."

Denise Hus

Routine Trip to Urgent Care Helped Identify a Rare Heart Condition

Denise Hus

Wife, Mother, Volunteer and Cardiology Patient

Midland, Michigan

“I feel blessed. They saved my life . . . It’s a true testament to the professionals we have at MidMichigan.”

Keith Schaub

Seamless Care for Heart Patient

Keith Schaub

Husband, GM Retiree and Cardiology Patient

Alma, Michigan

“Sometimes people think that if you go to a big-city hospital, it’s better; but our local hospitals did a fantastic job." -Nancy Schaub

Nancy Parsons

She Chose MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot for Her Pacesetting MRI

Nancy Parsons

Wife, Mom, Grandmother, Professional Counselor and Pioneering MRI Pacemaker Patient

Oil City, Michigan

“I have roots with MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. I know how much the doctors and staff care.”

Patricia Pajot

She Didn't Realize Her Heart Needed Help

Pat Pajot

Wife, Mom, Happy Grandmother and Heart Patient

Linwood, Michigan

“I never thought about heart problems. When I got sick, I denied it and dismissed it, but didn’t realize how miserable I was. I’m very lucky to be where I am today.”

Roger Bell

St. Louis Man Feels Lucky to be Alive after Abdominal Aneurysm

Roger Bell

Father, Recent Retiree and Emergency Vascular Surgery Patient

St. Louis, Michigan

“Everyone was outstanding. I cannot say enough good things about them and the way I was treated.”

Steve French

They're Thankful for Great Heart Care Close to Home

Steve French Video Icon

Husband, Cattle Rancher and Open Heart Surgery Patient

Beaverton, Michigan

“Julie and I are very happy about having one of the best heart hospitals around right here in our backyard.”

Phillip Childs

Vascular Surgery Restored His Circulation and His Mobility

Phillip Childs

Patient Care Technician and Vascular Surgery Patient

St. Louis, Michigan

“My biggest concern was finding a very competent vascular surgeon. I was comfortable choosing Dr. Haqqani.” 

Mary King

"With Dr. Diehl, I'm a patient, not a number."

Mary Ann King

Mother, Grandmother, Farmville Fan and Cardiology Patient

St. Louis, Michigan

“All I wanted was a doctor I could trust to take good care of me. I found that in Dr. Diehl... I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Schutt, Joe

With Heart Rhythm Back to Normal, His Life Gets Back to Normal

Joe Schutt

Lifelong Michigan Resident, Father, Grandfather and Heart Patient

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

“When Dr. Diehl realized my problem was going to be serious, he sent me to MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland.” 
Darcy Hite

Young Mother has a Whole New Life After Cardiac Catheter Ablation 

Darcy Hite

Mother and Sixth-Grade English Teacher

Gladwin, Michigan

"I was afraid I would have a heart attack while my husband was deployed. Thank goodness I found a doctor who really listened to me."