St. George’s Visiting Cardiology Program Offers Two Brothers New Lease on Life

news cardiology program two brothers 1

In July, St. George’s University alumnus (SGU 1999) Jason S. Finkelstein, MD, FACC, performed surgery on Grenada residents, brothers Arnold and Albert Collins, at his practice in Wise Country, Decatur, Texas.

Dr. Finkelstein, an interventional cardiologist with Advanced Heart Care and Wise Regional Health System (WRHS) spends time each year offering his cardiac care services to Grenada residents as a part of St. George’s University’s Visiting Cardiology Program. It was on one such visit this past May that he identified the brothers’ cases. The battery had died on Albert’s pacemaker, which had been installed in 2002 in Tampa, Florida, and he was in need of a replacement, while Arnold needed cardiac catheterization. Dr. Finkelstein invited them to fly to his practice where he would perform their surgeries at no cost to them.

news cardiology program two brothers 2

Both surgeries were performed by Dr. Finkelstein on the morning of July 2 with equipment provided by WRHS, with the assistance of Keith McIntosh, Director of the Cath Lab at WRHS, Lacretia Miles, and Trisha Simmons, for Albert’s surgery. Daniel Arranda, Damian Morales and Whitney Dean assisted for Arnold’s surgery. Both operations were successful and following their release from WRHS on July 3, the brothers went to La Quinta Inn of Decatur, which had donated one of their rooms for three nights so they could rest and recuperate.

To learn more about this story and Dr. Finkelstein, please see our video on You Tube, provided by WRHS, with the assistance of Keith McIntosh, Director of the Cath Lab at WRHS, Lacretia Miles, and Trisha Simmons, for Albert’s surgery. Daniel Arranda, Damian Morales and Whitney Dean assisted for Arnold’s surgery. Both operations were successful and following their release from WRHS on July 3, the brothers went to La Quinta Inn of Decatur, which had donated one of their rooms for three nights so they could rest and recuperate. To learn more about this story and Dr. Finkelstein, please see our video on You Tube, Healing Hearts with Dr. Jason Finkelstein. Healing Hearts with Dr. Jason Finkelstein.

email a friend