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Emergency Bypass - Greg's Story

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Posted 10/13/2014

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When Dr. Greg Hansen, a dentist from Iowa felt sick, he made an appointment with his doctor. Turns out, Greg was sicker than he thought. He had had a heart attack and needed coronary bypass surgery. Greg was referred to The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Hours before his surgery, Greg passed out after having an x-ray. The hospital's "code" team rushed in to help. While doctors and nurses worked to stabilize him, resident Dr. Jim Ramig helped keep Greg's family informed of how he was doing. Downstairs, heart surgeon Dr. Mike Moulton prepared for an emergency bypass operation. Just a couple days later, Greg Hansen was getting his strength back. He walked the halls with the help of a physical therapist. Jill Stahlecker, the nurse who admitted him to the hospital and helped him when he passed out was there to make sure he was recovering as planned. "I'm so impressed with this medical center," Greg said. "Everybody works as a team; the surgeon, the people who clean up. Everyone's an important link in the chain. If this would have occurred anywhere else, I probably wouldn't be alive. The Nebraska Medical Center saved my life. It's something you can't repay. You just tell everyone you possibly can 'thank you.' I appreciate it. I really do." For more information about the cardiology program at The Nebraska Medical Center, visit or call 1-800-922-0000.