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LUCKY PATIENT'S FAMILY SHOWS GRATITUDE TO ORANGE REGIONAL

People know when Marcia Furman is driving through Westtown. Her license plate, 1 LUCKY ME, proclaims not only her casino prowess, but her fortune in being a patient at Orange Regional Medical Center. On not one, but two different occasions, Mrs. Furman received care from Orange Regional that has allowed her to continue her winning streak, in both the casinos as well as in life.

For six months, Mrs. Furman was experiencing pain that would begin in both her hands and travel up her arms simultaneously. The episodes, which occurred at least twice a day, would last about 15 minutes. She visited numerous physicians, including cardiologists and neurologists, who could find nothing wrong with her heart or brain.

Following an electroencephalogram (EEG), Mrs. Furman was waiting at the elevator outside of her physician's office when she began experiencing the all-too-familiar symptoms.

My husband said,"We're going right back in there while this is going on so the doctor can see what is happening," She was immediately monitored for both her brain and heart activity. The physician saw one small irregularity on the EKG test strip and recommended Mrs. Furman be admitted to the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center for a three-day observation period.

As she sat on the edge of her bed in the Heart Center speaking with cardiologist William Gotsis, M.D., FACC, she suffered a massive heart attack.

"I don't remember a thing," Mrs. Furman said of the event. Like most women, she didn't exhibit chest-related heart attack symptoms like pressure or a squeezing pain in the center of the chest or pain that spreads to the neck, shoulder or jaw.

According to Dr. Gotsis, women having heart problems commonly experience shortness of breath, unexplained fatigue, or pressure in the lower chest, which they often mistake for a stomach ailment. Other symptoms might include nausea, dizziness, upper abdominal pressure or discomfort, or back pain.

But Mrs. Furman had experienced none of these. Dr. Gotsis used the cardiac defibrillator to administer shocks to her heart and was able to regain a normal sinus rhythm. Once she was stabilized, she was transported to a facility that provided open heart surgery. She underwent a double coronary bypass.

"If you are going to have a heart attack, have it in front of your cardiologist," Mrs. Furman joked. She credits the quick response and professional expertise of Dr. Gotsis and the staff of the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center in saving her life.

Only five years earlier, she found herself in a similar situation when a routine colon screening at Orange Regional uncovered a tumor. Under the direction of Jane Kanowitz, M.D., Mrs. Furman underwent six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Today, she is in full remission from the disease.

"Orange Regional Medical Center has taken such good care of me," Mrs. Furman said. "I am so grateful."

Mrs. Furman's most recent experience allowed her family to show their appreciation to the hospital as well through the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation's new Grateful Patient Program. The program provides a way to recognize, through financial donations, the exceptional care and excellence in delivery of healthcare services at Orange Regional.

Both her husband and daughter made donations to the program to honor the individuals responsible for providing Mrs. Furman's care, helping to ensure that same level of care remains available for future Orange Regional patients.

For more information on the Grateful Patient Program, contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation at 845-333-2333 or visit our Charitable Giving page on our Web site. 

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