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I have been having some episodes for several years that gradually began to increase. I saw a pulmonologist, Dr. Jimmy Jones, who checked my lung functions – which were perfect. He referred me to Dr Clay Hayes at Jackson Heart. All of my heart tests were perfect also. Dr. Hayes had me wear a heart monitor and 2 days later, after a recorded episode, the issue was diagnosed. I was then handed over to Dr. David Mulholland who handles the electrical issues of the heart. More tests and the decision was made to put in a pacemaker. Jackson Heart has a very kind and caring team. They, along with the doctors, took care of me with much professionalism and warmth. I highly recommend Jackson Heart.
Susan S.Jackson, MS
I am so glad I am able to type this testimonial on Friday, 4-days after a double bypass, and 11 days after a heart cath. Dr. Stone, and my surgeon, Dr. VanCleve, did an incredible job. But to me, the impressive part is that I must have had contact with at least 40 other people that work for St Dominic. Every one of these people were great! Even the people in the hallways, would check on me and make sure someone was helping me. All of these incredible people made the toughest surgery, and most likely the biggest thing to happen to a person’s body, a positive, and overall, as good as it could have been.
Thank you to ALL of you,
Jay G.Drew, MS
I have been a patient of Dr. Jeff Fletcher for 25 years. In 1990 I had a heart attack. He performed angioplasty and opened an obstructed artery which saved my life. I had another heart attack in 2000. In 2002 I had 5 bypasses. Dr. Fletcher has taken me through all this and is still my Dr, today. I consider him my friend as well as my doctor.
Aubrey LMerigold, MS
I did not know what a heart attack felt like. I waited until the next morning before going to the hospital. Another doctor told me I had suffered a heart attack. The pain was all-encompassing. I was seen by Dr. Fletcher and he installed two stents. Dr. Fletcher possesses a manner which gave me confidence in his ability to stop the pain. I knew of his abilities as a surgeon because the day Hurricane Katrina struck was the same day my husband had his heart attack and four days later Dr. Fletcher installed my husband’s stent. We both feel great and it is thanks to this professional surgeon’s hands.
Elizabeth S.Itta Bena, MS
Several members of my family have been patients of Dr. Clay Hayes, Jr. My husband has just been advised to see a Dr. in Greenwood due to early onset AFib. We will follow the Drs advice and see the Dr. in Greenwood, however, if there is any procedure that needs to be done to assure that my husband is getting what he needs to have a healthier heart, we WILL be calling for an appt. with Dr. Hayes! His knowledge and bedside manner superb and he seems truly concerned about his patients. I feel very confident that my family members have had the very best tests, results readings, and action plans to regain and keep their heart health. Also, while recovering in St. Dominic Hospital after a heart attack and having a stint placed, our 30 year old daughter got the best of care from the staff of nurses and others. They even let her 10 month old son stay with her for long periods of time, because as they said, “it was good for her “heart” to get to hold her baby”! Now THAT is good thinking!
Sherry K.Itta Bena, MS
August 2015 I was admitted as an outpatient in Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. It was supposed to be a normal pace/battery change, well it was and everything went well. That night the lead wire broke and alarms went off. I went back to Dr Enger the next morning and he had everything turned off and I had to wear a life vest. Dr Enger called St Dominic’s and I’m guessing he had talked to Dr Colley and he came back in and said Dr Colley would be replacing my wires and implanting a new pace/defibrillator on Friday, this was on Tuesday. When I arrived at St Dominic’s it was one of the most frightening times in my life. All I could do was cry and pray the whole time, but from the moment I arrived everybody that i talked to, the transportation people, all of the nurses and especially Dr Colley could not have been any nicer and professional. Anybody that knows me knows that I am always a happy, smiling, glass half full type of person, but at that time all I could think about was this was the last time I would see any of them. The surgery was long, Dr Colley had a lot to get out before he could put the new in, but he did it with the help of all the people in my operating room, all the wonderful, funny people that tried to keep my spirits up before they put me out. I just wanted to take a moment to let everyone that was there for me and for so many others know that they are appreciated more than they know. As for Dr Colley, well he is on my HERO list … since this time God has placed another grandchild in my life, I couldn’t be anymore grateful to God and the wonderful Doctors and people he has put in my path.
Thank You All,
Marie A.Purvis, MS
Dr. Crowder did a heart cath and stent on me in 2011. He has the most wonderful bedside manner. He never seems hurried when he sees you and gives good explanations of your condition and answers your questions so well. He is also my husband’s cardiologist and we both feel privileged to have him as a physician. I was a smoker and he never seemed judgmental and I can’t wait until my next appointment to tell him I am no longer smoking.
Pat R.Magee, MS
To give 5 stars and say I loved it is a bit of a misnomer. I loved the fact the Dr. and his staff saved my life and gave me the best care I could have gotten anywhere in the world but I did not love having had a heart attack. I also loved the CCU and floor staff. Without their attentive care, it would have been a much less enjoyable experience. I had to be flown in by chopper and was met by Dr. Guynes on the helipad. I was suddenly assured and believed I was going to be ok. He and his staff made me feel that although this was my first time and they’d done this a thousand times, it was just a routine visit to the hospital via helicopter and all would be well. After a few days, all was well. I’d had a STEMI and found out I was also diabetic. Dr. Guynes told me about the Ornish Program designed to help heart patients recover through diet, meditation, group talks, and exercise. I enrolled and never looked back. Without the expertise and compassion of Dr. Guynes and his staff, I may not be here. My wife and 5-year-old son are grateful for you as well. Thank you
Delton M.Pelahatchie, MS
Twenty-four years ago, this man, as well as Dr. Whitaker in Vicksburg, saved my father’s life. Not much was known at the time about his disease, Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome, but they didn’t give up! They fixed him and he is now 48 years old, strong and healthy. He has gone on to have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. He wouldn’t be here today with all of us if it was not for these men and their commitment to finding what was wrong and fixing it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.