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Bob Hanson was on his way home from a birthday party last October when his heart started beating abnormally.
“My chest was just pounding,” Bob said. “I laid down as soon as I got home and when that didn’t work, I knew I had to go to the ER.”
Bob was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) with rapid ventricular response (RVR) and was admitted to the Cardiac Stroke Center at Mercy Medical Center. After admission, it was discovered that he had also suffered a heart attack.
It was then that Bob met Velu Balasubramanian, MD, MS – or Dr. B as he is known to his patients and co-workers. The two had an instant connection. Dr. B determined Bob was a candidate for triple bypass heart surgery. Bob said he appreciated the time Dr. B took to explain the procedure and answer his questions.
Today, Bob is doing great and feels blessed.
“I can’t say enough good things about how I was treated at Mercy,” he shared. “Everyone is kind and considerate while ensuring you do the things you’re supposed to be doing to heal.”
Bob knew he wanted to give back to Mercy and recognize his heart care team. He was moved to take action in November when he saw a heart surgery story about another grateful patient, Patrick Slater, along with a generous match being offered by Fairfax State Savings Bank for Giving Tuesday.
“Patrick’s story inspired me; I related to it,” Bob said. “I hope sharing my story will inspire others to support Mercy, too. It’s a wonderful place.”
Bob’s donation means a lot to Dr. B.: “Bob’s support will have a widespread effect. It impacts the care future patients will receive.”
Dr. B joined Mercy as a cardiothoracic surgeon in September of 2021. Bob’s surgery was the first procedure he performed at Mercy – another reason why Bob’s gift means so much to him.
This is not the first time Bob has supported the Mercy Foundation. Bob’s giving history includes donations to hospice, the Family Caregivers Center and the new HallMar Village project – gifts often made in memory of his wife, Beverly.
Bob shared that Beverly had Alzheimer’s. He did his best to care for her at home for several years before moving her to Hallmar at Mercy. Her condition eventually required more specialized care than he could provide, so she lived at Hallmar until her passing in 2018. Bob said she also received hospice services from Mercy in her final days and how meaningful the experience was for both of them.
Bob plans on continuing his support of Mercy.
“Everybody at Mercy really cares,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for better treatment.”