HOBART – Joyce Fugate, of Hobart, and Dennis Hollister, of Wheeler, understand the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation, and are reaping “royalties” from education and regular exercise to keep their hearts in good rhythm.
Both were honored recently as the King and Queen of Hearts by St. Mary Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.
“Our Cardiac Rehabilitation staff selected two members of the Phase 3 program,” said Cathy Cofer-Hines, RN, cardiopulmonary rehab nurse. “This year, the king and queen were selected based on how well they controlled their coronary risk factors, such as not smoking, weight loss, diet control, exercise and diabetes management.
"In addition to lifestyle modification, we look for candidates who improve their health on a regular basis and display a positive attitude. This program provides a great support system for patients with heart disease because they can rely on each other and share stories.”
“Queen" Fugate has been attending cardiac rehab since her physician recommended customized exercise and education in 2010 to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle.
After completing Phase 2, Fugate continued with Phase 3 maintenance, and credits her enjoyment to the supportive, joyful staff and friends that she has made. “I feel very blessed,” said Fugate. “Cardiac Rehab has a family-like atmosphere and everyone is there for each other.”
She and her husband, Mitchell, have been married for 14 years and have three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
“I want to be a good role model for my family by making positive changes and living a heart healthy lifestyle,” Fugate said.
“King" Hollister has been attending cardiac rehabilitation since quadruple bypass surgery in 2008. Following a second surgery to have his mitral valve replaced, he completed Phases 2 and 3 while remaining active with his automotive collision business in Wheeler.
Hollister was chosen for his dedication to heart health, positive attitude and resiliency. “My friends at Cardiac Rehab have been so supportive,” said Hollister. “The staff is great and the camaraderie makes it fun.”
Hollister has been married to his wife, Laura, for 36 years and have two daughters.