Paul's Story

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Paul Hawkins was facing a life-changing set of circumstances the day he was rushed to Baptist Medical Center.


The seemingly healthy 56-year-old’s heart stopped beating three times while in the Emergency Room.  His family was told he may not live. 

Doctors performed triple bypass surgery and, days later, Paul went home from the hospital wearing a LifeVest – an external defibrillator device. Thankfully, his LifeVest revived him when he had yet another heart attack.  Rushed again to Baptist, Paul’s team of physicians implanted an internal defibrillator for life-long protection from sudden cardiac arrest. Since that procedure a year ago, Paul has not experienced any additional cardiac events.

"The folks at Baptist saved my life several times last year.  They were so good to my family and me.  The Christian values at Baptist are so real,” Paul shared.

This is just one example of how Baptist Health Systems is committed to being ready to care for you and your family. 

For decades, with innovation after innovation, Baptist Health Systems has stood as a respected and experienced leader in cardiovascular care. To continue serving as a pioneer in our community, we plan to invest in new, highly-sophisticated imaging equipment for our Cardiovascular Catheterization (Cath) Lab. Using the latest computing systems, state-of-the-art equipment will offer superior image processing in real-time…providing quicker, more accurate diagnoses.

Your contribution to Baptist Health Foundation today will enhance our ability to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases tomorrow.

Like Paul Hawkins, you never know when you – or someone you love – may benefit from Baptist being on the "leading edge."

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