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Winter 2016
In This Issue: Cardiovascular Care Center campaign launches | Put your eating back on track | Phone home: Pilot program expands access | Minestrone soup recipe



Cardiovascular Care Center campaign launches

The need for heart services continues to grow in the North Valley, stretching available space for heart care at Enloe Medical Center. To keep the heart of our region growing strong, Enloe has begun planning to build a Cardiovascular Care Center.

The center will upgrade existing services and gather them in a central location built with the comfort of patients and families in the forefront. The center will continue the evolution of top-quality heart services at Enloe over the past 34 years.

Heart & Sole:
Run for Wellness

Join us for this timed 5k or one-mile run and enjoy selfie stops, healthy post-race snacks and activities for the whole family. It will take place at Bidwell Park’s One Mile Recreation Area, in Chico. Proceeds will support the Cardiovascular Care Center Campaign. Register now and find details at Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“It is time to take the next step to ensure the program has the expanded facilities and upgraded equipment necessary to serve the community for the next 30 years,” said cardiologist Dr. Peter Wolk.

The new Cardiovascular Center will double current capacity, give patients more flexibility in scheduling and decrease wait times. It will be constructed within existing space inside the medical center and will include:

  • four procedure rooms;
  • 10 bays for patient care before and after a procedure;
  • a new diagnostic treatment area;
  • a spacious family lounge;
  • and a private physician-family conference room.

Two of the procedure rooms will be equipped with the latest imaging technology; the third will be fully functional with the ability to add this technology in the future; and the fourth will be spacious enough for patients who require both an interventional and a surgical procedure. Enloe’s Cardiovascular Care Team will continue its commitment to providing patients and their family with the knowledge and support they need in the hospital, the tools they need at home and a smooth transition to cardiac rehabilitation.

The new Cardiovascular Care Center plan

With costs of construction, technology and furnishings, the center will cost about $17 million. Enloe will fund the majority of the project, with assistance from the Enloe Foundation and a campaign steering committee of local physicians and community leaders who have embraced the opportunity to raise $5 million over the next four years.

For more about this project, or to learn about giving opportunities, contact Jolene Francis, Director of Advancement & Communications at or 530.332.4564, or visit

Procedure RoomPre- and Post-Procedure Care AreaThe Family Lounge

Can you recognize a heart attack?

The faster you get help during a heart attack, the less damage your heart is likely to have. If you think you're having a heart attack, call 911 right away.

Signs of a heart attack may include:

  • Pressure, squeezing, discomfort or pain in the chest
  • Other discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms, or back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating

Men may mistakenly attribute chest pain caused by heart attack to indigestion. Women and people with diabetes commonly experience sudden shortness of breath at rest, indigestion and nausea with a heart attack.

Call 9-1-1 without delay

During a heart attack, the heart is not getting blood flow. Medications and medical tools can restore the blood flow and save the heart muscle; the quicker this treatment is received, the better the results. Sometimes people do not want to admit there could a problem, and instead brush it off as heartburn. It's better to be safe than sorry - call 911 and get help right away. The ambulance can notify the emergency department and the cardiac catheterization lab and get things started there while they provide initial treatment at home and on the way to the hospital.

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