In December of 2015, my world was rocked when my best friend died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 42.  I learned the hard way not to take heart care for granted. If you feel that you may be having heart issues, you MUST NOT ignore the signs, and choosing a quality hospital is essential.

My best friend Joe (affectionately referred to as Poker Joe) never made it alive to the hospital. He died on the way in an ambulance.  I was later informed by a heart care specialist that the data shows that if you suffer a heart attack and make it to the hospital alive, your survival rate is over 90%.  I wish Joe made it to the hospital.  Any hospital. Not a day, a minute, or a second goes by that I don't think about that.

When Ellis Hospital came to Chrissy and I and asked us if we'd be interested in getting the word out on WGNA about their elite cardio care, we were happy to help.  Heart health and heart care is something that we're both very passionate about.  Ellis Medicine is truly a leader not only in the Capital Region, but in the Northeast.  Their new A2 patient-centered heart care program is state of the art, sophisticated, comfortable, and ever expanding to be even better.  Ellis Hospital is no longer that little hometown hospital anymore.

Don't take your heart, or your heart care for granted.  Trust Ellis.

cMichael Hemberger/Photographer