OSWEGO – For the past 20 years the Lakeside Heart Center in Oswego was a special place for Barbara Stanard.
At the age of 50 Barbara underwent her second open heart surgery as a result of a congenital heart condition known as atrial septal defect.
Following the surgery Barbara was referred to the cardiac rehabilitation program at Lakeside Heart Center.
The exercise program at Lakeside began the healing process for Barbara and helped to keep her heart healthy and strong.
“Barbara never permitted her medical issues to define who she was,” said her husband, Jerry Stanard. “Lakeside provided the perfect environment to cultivate this strong belief and encourage her to keep healthy as long as possible. She developed relationships with others that shared similar medical struggles and found great comfort and joy in these friendships. When diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, she continued to attend classes as much as possible. Despite facing another difficult prognosis, she remained steadfast in her loyalty to her group of friends at Lakeside.”
Oswego Health recently honored the memory of Barbara, who died in early 2018, with a ceremony recognizing her and Jerry for their generous donations to the Lakeside Heart Center over the years.
Those donations helped to allow Lakeside to provide outstanding equipment and services.
“I’m sure my mother had no idea the positive impact the classes at Lakeside Heart Center would have on her,” said Barbara’s daughter, Kerrie Phillips, at the Lakeside event. “She met many wonderful people there and formed friendships for life. One of those friends is Kathleen Whitney. As the primary program nurse Kathleen took good care of mom during her rehab. Her compassion, care, and friendship were greatly appreciated. I’d also like to acknowledge the Oswego Health Administration for having the foresight and leadership to continue developing innovative health programs and services for Oswego County residents.”
Oswego Health Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Oswego Hospital Jeff Coakley thanked the Stanard family for utilizing health system services through the years.
“Oswego Health and the Stanard family share a nice history,” he said. “I’m pleased that we are able to continue that history with this recognition of their years of support. Lakeside was a part of Barbara’s life routine. She established close friendships with other patients as well as staff.”
The Stanard family, like so many other families and individuals in our community turn to Oswego Health when they are in need of medical care.
In 2014 Jerry arrived at Fulton Urgent Care with serious headaches. Medical imaging showed that he was experiencing a life-threatening brain hemorrhage and was quickly transferred to a higher level of care.
He credits the urgent care staff with saving his life that day.
“It’s rewarding to see that community members realize that excellent healthcare services are close by, right here at home and for this, Oswego Health is truly grateful,” said Coakley.
Initially established by Dr. Michael Nupuf the Lakeside Heart Center was acquired by Oswego Health in 1995.
With medical oversite provided by Dr. Carmen Dator and her son, Dr. Carlos Dator Jr. Oswego Health began operating Lakeside, which allows community members to learn in a safe environment how they can return to a normal lifestyle after a cardiac event.
“We are very proud of our staff at Lakeside,” said Oswego Health CEO / President Michael Harlovic. “They provide excellent care to those in our cardiac rehabilitation program.”
Lakeside, located at 177 W. Fourth St., in Oswego, is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, signifying the facility offers the highest standards for cardiac rehabilitation.
To learn more about the programs offered, please visit oswegohealth.org or call (315) 343-1378.
“A facility like Lakeside Heart Center is a critical component to our community in that it provides quality cardiac rehabilitation & support to patients in need, added Stanard. “The care provided at Lakeside is top notch!”