When Irene Sosh's mother had a heart attack two years ago and decided
to have open-heart bypass surgery at Rideout Memorial Hospital, Irene
made a decision of her own. "Once Mom recovered, I returned to bedside
nursing," she says. "I wanted to work with patients again, so
that every day, I would know I had done something important."
An employee since 1979, Irene started as a nurse, moving up to supervisor
and eventually director of the Medical-Surgical Unit. Now she works the
night shift in Cardiac Telemetry, monitoring heart patients.
Cardiac Telemetry and Cardiovascular Surgery are just two state-of-the-art
services at the Heart Center at Rideout. Outpatient services include echocardiograms,
vascular ultrasounds, EKGs, Holter monitors and treadmill stress tests.
The Heart Center also provides digital cardiac catheterization, angioplasty,
stent placement and insertion of pacemakers and defibrillating devices.
Cardiac Rehabilitation offers exercise programs and educational classes
for recovering heart patients.
"We get to know our patients as people, providing care at a pivotal
point in their lives," Irene says. "When Mom was in the hospital,
my daughter gave me a bracelet that said, 'Nothing is worth more than
this day.' I always try to remember that-for my patients as well as
myself." And that comes straight from the heart!
The Heart Center at Rideout • 530-749-4458
Cardiac Rehabilitation • 530-749-4554