Nurse Janet knew exactly what was happening when she began experiencing heart problems. And she knew she needed to act fast. Other members of her family had previously been sent to a heart care facility some 45 minutes away. But now, the new Nash Heart Center can perform heart procedures right here on the Nash Health Care campus. It was a relief for Janet to get emergency care immediately, without the stress of traveling to another city. Nash Heart Center physicians were able to diagnose the problem, treat her, and get her back to where she belongs—helping others. When every second counts, Nurse Janet knew she could trust Nash Heart Center. And you can too.
Cynthia was in the middle of a routine stress test when everything changed. The doctors concluded Cynthia was on the verge of a major heart attack. They acted quickly. Luckily, the new Nash Heart Center, right here on the Nash Health Care campus, was ready to receive and treat her. Previous to the opening of Nash Heart Center, Cynthia would have been sent to another facility some 45 minutes away. That's 45 minutes Cynthia might not have had. But now she was able to be treated immediately to great success. Today, Cynthia’s heart is right back where it belongs—with her husband. When every second counts, Nash is ready.
Mark knew that the situation was serious: Two years ago, he had had chest pains that had prompted the need for a stent to widen an obstructed blood vessel in his heart. So this time, when a problem was diagnosed, he knew that it was important to get help immediately, but thought that it would not be a problem to drive from the Boice-Willis Clinic offices to Nash Health Care. Then he was told the nickname for the particular type of blockage health care workers thought they had discovered: “the widow maker.” He took the ambulance. Instead of a 45-minute ride to another facility, a five-minute ride took Hinson to the heart care he needed at the Nash Heart Center.
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James Lucas is full of stories. They flow from his memory with the same elegance and beauty reflected in the meadows of lavender clover peppering the flat meadows of the rural Spring Hope landscape he calls home. He smiles at his wife, Luevenia—they have been married 46 years—and launches into a wonderful, touching narrative of how he proposed to his wife, his bright eyes full of appreciation for the wonderful blessings of family.
There is another story in the chronicle of Lucas’s life, one that starts with repeated blackouts. Throughout the last half of 2010, Lucas would experience occasional blackouts, usually after eating lunch or supper. For his wife, it was a frightening scene.
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Jackie Pully will readily admit that, even in retirement, she is just not the type of person who can sit still. Her involvement is reflected in her busy schedule, which includes helping with meals through the First United Methodist Church in Wilson and working with Volunteers in Mission.
She also has an interesting link to the history of Nash Health Care. When the facility first opened in 1971, Pully was one of the registered nurses who rode with patients in ambulances as they were transferred from the old Park View Hospital to the new Nash General Hospital. During her medical career, she was a nurse for the Nash County Health Department, so she was aware that there was a strong possibility she could inherit the same heart problems her mother and sister had faced. Pully developed complications from tachycardia—an abnormally rapid heartbeat. As a nurse, she was keenly aware of the need to take care of her heart, and her cardiologist kept monitoring her with periodic checkups.
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