It’s not just the beaches that are attracting people to Southwest Florida. Lee Health was recently recognized for its great service after a renowned journalist and neurosurgeon chose to have his father’s heart procedure performed at Lee Health.
His name and face are easy to recognize. But three years ago, Dr. Sanjay Gupta came to Lee Health not as a doctor but as a patient’s son. “For me, there aren’t a lot of opportunities where I get to be on the other side. I’m a doctor but in this case, I’m the son of a patient who went through a big experience with this health system.”
His father was diagnosed with heart disease and needed to have a heart bypass surgery. Living in Atlanta, Dr. Gupta immediately started making phone calls and researching the best hospitals. “We all want to take the best care that we can of our parents and Lee kept coming up over and over again. The name kept coming up and the department kept coming up,” said Dr. Gupta.
Another name also kept coming up. “Dr. Hummel’s name came up as well in conjunction with the system. There were doctors who would say that they would specifically, without reservation go to him and have the procedure done, so that obviously gives you a lot of confidence,” said Dr. Gupta.
The decision became easy. Dr. Gupta’s father would have a heart bypass surgery at Lee Health, and cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brian Hummel would be performing the surgery. “It’s flattering but I’ve learned that you treat everybody the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s Dr. Gupta’s father or the janitor’s father,” said Dr. Brian Hummel.
Today, Dr. Gupta’s father is doing well. “When you walk out of a traumatic experience with a big operation and you can look back fondly on it in some way and have a great deal of admiration and respect for the nurses and those who cared for you, it’s hard to describe the comfort it gives you as a family member,” said Dr. Gupta.
A system whose motto is based on care is living up to its promise.
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Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care.