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Hospital Seeking Donors to Better Serve Cardiac Patients
AS Cardiac and Pulmonary Services Evolve, Hill Country Memorial Aiming to Replace Key Equipment
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 • Posted May 2, 2012

As cardiac and pulmonary services evolve, Hill Country Memorial aiming to replace key equipment

When it comes to the next breath or heartbeat, cardiac patients know not to take anything for granted. Since 1990, Hill Country Memorial has tailored its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program to aid recovery and provide continued support for the diverse patients it serves. This program includes customized education, monitored workouts, risk factor management, and support groups. Replacement of specialized fitness equipment and aging telemetry units, through the support of its donors, is critical for the program’s continued success.

Former patients like Joan Bigden know firsthand how vital Hill Country Memorial’s cardiac rehab program is to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. When she needed it most, the staff and services were there to provide the expertise and reassurance she needed to feel safe. “The way they monitor me gives me a sense of security, showing me my boundaries and what I can safely do,” described Joan. “I really do credit Hill Country Memorial with my being here and for the quality of life that I now have.”

Cardiac rehab helps patients get stronger, stay healthier and enjoy a better quality of life. New equipment will ensure cardiac therapists can more accurately monitor key vital statistics of each patient including heart rate, rhythm and breathing during their prescribed rehab and supervised maintenance programs. The total cost of the project, including multiple telemetry units, fitness equipment and minimal remodeling will be $171,000. To date, more than $72,000 has been raised for the project.

Hill Country Memorial CEO Michael R. Williams, MD, wants to ensure cardiac and pulmonary patients have the tools needed to make a full recovery close to home. “Our cardiac program has grown by leaps and bounds, from four patients in 1990 to over 100 annually. Providing remarkable care means having the tools and abilities to encourage the best outcome possible for each of our patients, and updated monitoring and fitness equipment will help us meet that goal for our cardiac program. As always, we appreciate every contribution and are thankful to have the support of such a generous community.”

René Cameron, member of the HCMH Foundation Board and Annual Giving Chair, is leading the campaign through the foundation’s Spring Appeal. Ms. Cameron said anyone interested in helping fund new cardiac equipment should contact the HCMH Foundation at (830) 997-1297 or go to and select “Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab.”

“Every donation contributes to a patient’s recovery and the long-term health of our community,” she said.

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