Isabelle LaRocco of Carpentersville made history when she arrived at the 934 Center Street Sherman Hospital Campus at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Little did she know she would be the last Cardiac Cath patient at the hospital which has led the way in heart care for the region since 1972. Over 50,000 Cardiac Cath patients have gone through the doors at the old Sherman campus, including LaRocco.
Amidst final preparations for the move to the new Sherman Hospital the same day, LaRocco presented in the emergency department with substernal chest pain and heart attack. She was immediately sent to the old hospital Cath Lab where Dr. David Bromet, Cardiologist on the Medical Staff at Sherman Hospital since 2004, provided her care.
“We took her to the Cath Lab right away and placed two stents in her heart,” says Dr. Bromet. “She went from 100% blockage to 0%.”
“I am grateful because Dr. Bromet saved my life,” says LaRocco. “I am absolutely pleased with the great care he provided.”
Like LaRocco, Dr. Bromet made history. He was the last physician to perform a Cardiac Cath procedure at the old Sherman Hospital campus and was also involved in the second Code Cardiac Cath procedure to take place at the new hospital just hours later.
“Our Cath Lab went out with a bang and in with a bang,” adds Dr. Bromet. “We had a major case to close out the Cath Lab at the old hospital and two major cases to open the new Cath Lab. It was a dramatic and fitting end and beginning for us.”
Dr. Bromet assisted in the second of two Code Cardiacs that were called around 7:30 p.m. at the new hospital on Tuesday evening. Both involved heart attack patients who were sent immediately to the new Cath Labs. Since that time, the new, state-of-the-art labs have been busy − over 12 patients were treated here in the first full day of service at the new hospital.
During the Code Cardiac case Dr. Bromet had the assistance of our talented, experienced staff, including Zorka Musovic BS, RCIS, FSICP, Pamela Milbank, RN, Milka Gemaljevic RCIS, CVT and Pancho Ungos, RT.
“The new Cath Labs are beautiful, spacious and full of state-of the-art equipment,” says Dr. Bromet. “The new hospital is well designed and great for the community. The staff was always excellent, but it’s nice to finally have the space and equipment to fit their skills.”
LaRocco agrees. Following her lifesaving procedure at the old hospital campus, she was transferred to the new Sherman Hospital. Having been a patient at the old campus several times in her life, LaRocco was excited to see the new space.
“I know many of the people who work at Sherman, and my care is always tremendous,” states LaRocco. “I have no complaints. They make me as comfortable as possible, and the care at the new hospital is still excellent.”
In addition to the great care, LaRocco is especially pleased with the new private patient rooms at Sherman.
“I like the idea of the private room,” adds LaRocco. “Nothing is worse than being in a room with someone else and feeling uncomfortable. It takes away from recovery. I am very happy with the privacy.”
Although she has not given much thought to making history as the last Cardiac Cath patient at the old hospital, LaRocco says it will sink in soon.
“I am just very grateful and haven’t given much thought to making history,” says LaRocco. “I will soon.”
As physicians, staff and patients begin to settle in at the new Sherman Hospital, Dr. Bromet looks forward to continuing to provide the growing community with excellent care like LaRocco and the first two Cardiac Cath patients at the new hospital received.
Says Dr. Bromet, “We’ll continue to keep the bar held high in Cardiology and provide innovative care and services to the community.”