Ron Hollis // Heart

Ron Hollis has a history of heart disease. So when he and his wife, Joann, moved to Liberty in early 2011, he was already thinking about making an appointment with a cardiologist at Reid. Unfortunately, Ron’s heart couldn’t wait.

The first sign of trouble was dizziness, followed by several episodes of ventricular tachycardia, otherwise known as a very fast heartbeat. When Ron called 911 for help, he was asked where he’d like to go. The answer: “Take me to Reid.”

Doctors and nurses in Reid’s emergency department were able to get Ron’s heart rate back under control. They referred him to Dr. Zulfiqar A. Mirza, an interventional cardiologist on staff at Reid, who ordered an angiogram, a test that uses X-rays to view the heart’s vessels. Results indicated blockages in two arteries—Ron would need angioplasty to widen the arteries and stents to keep them open. Dr. Mirza operated the next day in one of the hospital’s state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization suites.

It would be several months before Ron would truly recover. The stents were effective, but he was still experiencing problems with his heart rate, as well as high blood pressure. He began seeing Dr. Allen B. Joseph, a Reid cardiologist, who worked closely with him to adjust his medications. Today, Ron says, he is feeling great and able to enjoy favorite activities such as golf and gardening. He credits God, his family and the health professionals at Reid with helping him heal.

“At Reid, I am treated as if I am their most important patient. Everyone — from the ladies at the reception desk to the nurses and doctors — is first class,” says Ron, a retired golf professional. “They take time to make sure I am comfortable and that all my questions have been answered. When we lived in California, I received excellent care and didn’t think anything could be better. But Reid has been fantastic.”

Community AED Program

With the help of donors, Reid Foundation purchased and distributed 291 Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs). Seventy-five were donated to area school systems where people, young and old, gather each day. The remainder went to non-profit organizations. This effort began with Eaton Library, Cope Environmental Center and Camp Yale in Randolph County.

We often hear stories of men, women and children who have died from a heart-related incident – many could have been saved if an AED had been available and a bystander willing to follow simple instructions used it.

For those of you who joined in this important endeavor to make AEDs available in our community – thank you. The cost of each device was negotiated at approximately $1,000 bringing the total cost of the program to over $275,000.

An interesting fact…
Knowing some people are intimidated by the use of an AED, a team of experts as well as individuals with no clinical background interviewed several companies to find an AED that anyone could use. In fact, the chosen device actually talks the user through the process and will not continue to the next step until it senses the previous step has been completed. It then assesses the patient and only administers shock if needed.