What a Week! A Dorset Couple Each Gets Life Saving Emergency Care at the Rutland Heart Center...Within Days of Each Other
When Norma Tomey, a resident of Dorset, VT, began feeling symptoms of a heart attack, her husband Edmund immediately called 911 to have her rushed to the hospital. Given the acute situation, Norma was taken to closest hospital with the necessary level of emergency cardiac care − Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Edmund was used to going to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for his own cardiac treatment, having had a valve replacement and two bypasses there two years ago, and he was not sure what to expect at Rutland Regional. But he and his wife couldn't have been happier with the care and attention Norma received in the Emergency Department and the Rutland Heart Center. “When we arrived there the staff sprang into action and when she was admitted to the cardiac floor she was given unbelievable attention.” A former registered nurse, Norma was especially impressed. “I can’t say enough about the staff. Every doctor has been optimum and the nurses behaved as if they were private duty nurses. We were really pleased.”
Edmund’s satisfaction with Norma’s care was certainly a plus when just a week later he too was rushed to Rutland Regional for emergency cardiac care. This time, concerned he might be experiencing a heart attack, Edmund was admitted to the cardiac floor under the care of cardiologist James Fitts. After determining that Edmund had atrial fibrillation, a condition that causes the heartbeat to become irregular, Dr. Fitts installed a pacemaker and Edmund has been feeling “perfectly normal” ever since. He now gets his monitoring and ongoing care at Rutland Heart Center. “It’s convenient and I am not giving up anything in terms of quality.”
As for Norma, a comprehensive series of tests under the guidance of Rutland Heart Center cardiologist Bartholomew Bonazinga determined that Norma had a gall bladder condition that affected her platelet count. She is now monitored and treated for that condition in another department at the hospital.
For the Tomey’s, the level of care they received at Rutland Heart Center was a wonderful surprise. Thinking of leaving Vermont before this experience they are now reconsidering, in large part because of the medical resources available close by at Rutland Regional. Meanwhile, they are both enjoying their good health − taking walks together as well as working at a local farm stand. As Edmund says, “I’m 77 going on 67!”