Myrna Heath's ER Story

Close to home chest pain care a blessing

In early December, while getting ready to go to a party, 70-year-old Myrna Heath suddenly began having chest pains.

So she and her husband, Dave, went to the Emergency Room at the nearby Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa instead.

"I walked in, told them I was having chest pains and they got me into a room and seen by the doctor immediately," she said.

She soon was admitted to the hospital's ICU. There were no significant changes in her EKG results, but her cardiac enzymes increased over night so her attending cardiologist, Dr. Barry Murphy, took her to the hospital's fully equipped interventional heart catheterization lab in the morning.

The heart cath revealed some minor areas of concern, but nothing that required interventional procedures such as angioplasty or a stent.

The retired Maize Elementary School substitute teacher came away thankful that her condition could be treated medically for now - allowing her to finish her Christmas cards and shopping - and impressed with the care she received.

"It was nice to have a hospital and the services I needed so close to home," said Heath, adding that she'd been excited about the new hospital since construction began.

While the active grandmother hadn't expected to need it so soon, Wichita's newest Via Christi Hospital proved to be everything she'd hoped for and more.

"We were very impressed with the care, but most of all by the people," Heath said. "Everybody was so nice. They kept us so well informed about what they were doing rather than leaving us to wonder what was going on. You can tell by the way the staff treats you that they want to be there taking care of you."

Even the hospital food was great.

 "I was so impressed that I left a note on the doily on my hospital tray that said, 'My compliments to the chef,'" said Heath, who was further impressed when the chef called to thank her for the nice note.

Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa

Our Emergency Department at 14800 W. St. Teresa has 14 private treatment rooms staffed and equipped to care for patients of all ages in any type of emergency situation.

Your care team will include a board-certified Emergency Medicine doctor and experienced emergency nursing staff with pediatric training and other specialty certifications.

To best serve you, our Emergency Department has rooms specially equipped for:

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Critical care
  • Behavioral health
  • Ear, eye, nose and throat
  • Decontamination and isolation

Best of all, CT, MRI, a heart catheterization lab and a full-service laboratory are only steps away, furthering our ability to provide your care in the best possible place - close to home.


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