Dr. Richard Rembecki was the first patient to receive a cardiac bypass using the latest minimally invasive robotic surgery. The procedure is not available anywhere else in the region, and helped the pulmonologist at Sanford Children’s get back to life and work quicker than with traditional bypass surgery.
Halfway through the show, performer Steve Stark experienced a real-life heart emergency: sudden cardiac death. He’s alive today thanks to a chain-of-care that began in Ashley, N.D., and stretched clear across the state.
At age 33, Michael Coequyt had no reason to think he was having a heart attack. Working together, his local clinic and Sanford Heart Hospital got him the immediate help he needed to heal his heart and ensure many more years with his children.
When farmer Ryan Radermacher suspected a heart attack, he didn’t waste a minute. See how first responders, ambulances and more came together in rural North Dakota to rapidly connect him with high-level care.
Betty Christensen’s heart is full of love for friends and family, but a failing valve in that heart was threatening her future. Heart surgery: not an option at age 79. Sanford had a new way to save her heart and her life. Watch video
Gwenda Kolb of Aberdeen, S.D., knew the challenges of out-of-town travel for advanced heart care. Her heart jumped for joy when she learned the care she needed was readily available in her own backyard.