Overland Park Regional Medical Center will reunite First Responders and emergency physicians with Pam Hosty, a 45-year-old Overland Park mother whose life was saved because of quick and courageous actions.

“A Great Save allows us to recognize the remarkable collaborative efforts made each day in delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients like Pam Hosty,” says Kevin J. Hicks, Overland Park Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer. “Uniting patients with their care team is a powerful example of the vital continuum of healthcare.”

“Every single day our emergency team has the privilege of working in tandem with the area’s First Responders who represent some of healthcare’s most skilled professionals and most compassionate hearts,” says Overland Park Center Trauma Medical Director Dr. Don Fishman, M.D. “Their work in helping patients is nothing short of heroic. And patients like Pam are incredibly inspiring to us, reinforcing why we’re in the life-saving business.”

Overland Park Regional Medical Center—a Level I1 Trauma Center—is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider. For more information, visit oprmc.com

Pam Hosty, 45, Heart Attack:  Last June Hosty, the mother of two, was doing her regular workout at an Overland Park gym; she got into the pool to cool down and began experiencing chest pains. Returning to the locker room, an employee noticed Hosty wasn’t feeling well. 

“The last thing I remember was telling her that my chest hurt,” Hosty recalls.  

Acting fast, gym employees called 9-1-1 and when EMS arrived, Hosty had two seizures. First Responders performed CPR and used a defibrillator twice before transporting her by ambulance to Overland Park Regional Medical Center where she was stabilized. The next morning in ICU Hosty suffered another heart attack; she went into surgery where Dr. Ahmed Romeya, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon, did a triple bypass and administered six pints of blood. Hosty was diagnosed with SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection), a rare emergency condition that occurs when a tear forms in a blood vessel in the heart. As blood flow is slowed or blocked entirely, the result can be a heart attack, heart rhythm abnormalities or sudden death.

After spending nearly two weeks in ICU, Hosty did cardiac rehabilitation for three months. She looks forward to meeting the First Responders who helped save her life.

“I hope this provides closure to my family for what was a very scary time,” Hosty says. “The experience resonated with my 11-year-old daughter who wants to become a nurse to help others.”

Hosty’s three takeaways from her near-death encounter: Advocate for more people to become CPR-certified and blood donors and to always be self-aware.

“Heart conditions can happen to anyone,” Hosty says. “Even if you’re in good shape.”

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