Gary Brandt's life stopped on a dime when his wife found him on the
floor of their room, his speech slurred and incapable of movement. Clear
signs of a stroke. She called 9-1-1 and Gary was rushed to Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center where a large clot, blocking blood flow to the
right side of his brain, was discovered. A procedure was used to extract
the clot, saving Gary from paralysis. Now Gary is back at work and enjoying
time with his family and their beautiful black lab.While our Neuro-Interventional
Lab has earned national recognition, it's patients like Gary who truly
I want to pay my highest regards, compliments and praise to your leadership
in directing one of the finest of hospitals I've ever been in.
On Nov. 15, I was at my yearly doctor check up at the Chino Hills facility
with Dr. Wohlert who has replaced Dr. Fontan my former physician. I told
her of some chest pain I had recently that happens only when on a brisk
walk. She ran a EKG a couple of times and they both came back with an
inverted T wave which you may or may not know is a huge red flag in the
world of cardiology. She consulted Dr. Mathiau of your top notch cardio
team and he said get me to the main hospital ASAP which my wife and I
did. My wife also works at PVHMC she is a Nurse Manager in the women's
center. Her name is Susan.
Anyway the cardiac team quickly determined through investigative questioning
and 9 more EKG's that a deadly widow maker heart attack was imminent
because the EKG's were progressively getting worse.
I then witnessed a well greased, fine tuned, everybody on the same page
team of intuitive cardiologists, nurses, Cath Lab Crew and support staff
urgently swing into action and literally through their efforts and expertise,
saved my life! Also the cardio recovery as well as the admitting crew
deserve recognition for their urgent diligence. They were all very attentive,
helpful, courteous, patient, and very friendly.
Please share this note with all of them as well the rest of the hospital
staff so everybody can share in my joy at the second chance they've given me.
I owe my life to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
THANK YOU ALL!!
"The Innovative ways you have of introducing valuable insights to
us is commendable. Your guest lecturers are well qualified to pass on
useful information. We are now much more aware of food portion size and
have learned to read food packaging labels for useful and harmful ingredients.
ln addition we have learned about many of the functions that effect the
heart. Though I have no medical training, I am sure you are extending
lives in these classes. Thank you for that."
Photo: Chris Lewis, RN - Heart Failure Case Manager
Mr. and Mrs. Caster
"I have been diagnosed with CHF, and had a Pacemaker installed in
2001. My wife and I were then invited me to join the Heart Failure Classes,
and I did so reluctantly. Since that first class, my wife and I have attended
her classes on a regular schedule. Each class is professionally prepared,
often with guest speakers, experts in their fields, complete with visual
aids and handouts. My wife also has a heart condition and is receiving
very valuable information at the meetings. The information is always presented
in a professional, interesting, understandable and educational way."
Photo: Guest speaker from Physical Therapy speaking at CHF class.
"In 2007 and 2008 I was in the hospital with heart problems. I really
didn't know how to handle the problems I was left with. Then I was
invited to come to the monthly heart failure meetings. These has been
very helpful in explaining heart failure, how to care for heart failure,
and helping with diet including low salt recipes."
Photo: Group CHF lecture and lunch