Patient Celebrates 100th Birthday at Lee Health Cardiac Rehabilitation

William “Bill” Nash credits his longevity to continued participation in program

(Fort Myers, Fla. – May 19, 2017) --- Following six-vessel open-heart surgery in 2006, William “Bill” Nash started Lee Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, and has continued ever since. The staff has provided education, exercise and support to Nash and his wife, Eva. Through the years he has built friendships with the staff and the other cardiac rehabilitation participants. When Nash recently turned 100 years old, the staff decided to throw him a birthday party to celebrate.

“I was surprised that they would do this for me,” Nash says. “I think these people are wonderful—they helped me get stronger and healthier after my heart surgery and they give me the exercises I need to stay that way.”

Lynn Durocher, RN, cardiac rehabilitation nurse, says Nash’s positive attitude has helped him reach this milestone. “His attitude is the biggest thing,” she says. “He has always been determined and focused in rehab, and he is witty and funny and connects with others in the program. He also has a lot of support from Eva, who makes sure he eats heart-healthy meals.”

Durocher helped plan the party that featured nods to Nash’s life as a pilot, including whistles in the shape of planes and a collage featuring photos of Nash with his Pan American Flying Boat. Nash was always fascinated with aviation and took his first flying lesson at age 12 and flew solo at 15. He earned his pilot’s license while attending college at Temple University. He was a pilot for Pan American and served as a pilot in World War II. He was commissioned as a naval officer during the war.

Nash says he will continue to attend cardiac rehabilitation twice a week for as long as he is able.

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