Don Wheeler likes to be active, especially when it comes to cleaning up around his beautiful home in Agawam. “I try to walk every day. If I’m not working on something, I walk. I mow my own lawn, and I’ve got a pretty good size yard—18,000 square feet of grass.”
When his chores were becoming harder for Wheeler, he visited his doctor. Tests revealed that he needed bypass surgery. Dr. David Deaton from the Baystate Heart & Vascular Program would do the procedure.
“I was admitted to the hospital for a triple bypass," says Wheeler. "I went into the hospital at 5:30 in the morning. I was prepped, and I think the surgery started about 7:30 am.”
Wheeler’s triple bypass surgery, performed by Deaton in Baystate's Davis Family Heart & Vascular Center, lasted about five hours, and he spent the next six days recovering in the center.
“I met a very nice bunch of nurses," he says. "The best bunch of nurses that I’ve ever had.”
These days, Wheeler is feeling good again. He has worked with his doctors to find the right combination of medication to make him feel strong again, and he is back to walking every day and taking care of his backyard.
AWARD-WINNING HOSPITAL CARE
Wheeler is just one of many faces that reflect nationally recognized, award-winning care at Baystate Medical Center. U.S. News & World Report has rated Baystate Medical Center as part of an elite group of high-performing hospitals in the U.S.
“It’s important for patients, along with their doctors, to be able to research a hospital and know the hospital has treated a sufficient number of patients like them,” explains Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “Our ratings give patients access to more information and help them make more-informed choices among the hospitals in their communities.”
SAFE, QUALITY CARE IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Recognition from U.S. News & World Report highlights the world-class care available at Baystate Medical Center. And it this quality care—as well as the compassion of his nurses—that let Wheeler get back to all that mowing.