Janine DeRogatis is a relationship builder. Literally, that is her title at a local Bank of America branch. So she is good at providing direction, answering questions and making people feel comfortable.
Her natural ability to engage people comes as no surprise from a woman who dedicated her life to her family by running a household and raising two sons and a daughter.
She has the bar raised high. So she expected strong relationships at her hospital as her heartbeat became increasingly erratic.
Janine recognized something was wrong.
“I just didn’t feel well and knew it wasn’t general anxiety,” she says. “But what I felt happened so sporadically that I started to think I was a hypochondriac.”
That’s when she met with her doctor. “Dr. Sharma is a saint,” she says. “We have a wonderful relationship and I trust him to the fullest.”
Om Sharma, M.D., an independent member of the medical staff at Easton Hospital, began a series of tests—an EKG, stress test, echocardiogram and, eventually, a special cardiac MRI.
The testing indicated that Janine’s heart was out of rhythm regularly and was operating at diminished capacity, about half of what’s expected from a woman her age.
To confirm the findings, Janine traveled to a physician at an institution in New York City where she heard the same diagnosis and treatment plan.
She now had to make a decision. Where to receive treatment? She reached out to her son who is in medical school.
“I was a bit scared,” she says. “I wanted his advice.”
Her son reinforced what she already knew.
“He reminded me the importance of being close to home and having family around me,” Janine says.
She met with Koroush Khalighi, MD, cardiologist and electrophysiologist, an independent member of the medical staff at Easton Hospital.
“Dr. Khalighi was just perfect,” she says. “He is compassionate and talented.”
Janine had an ablation —a procedure that maps the heart to determine where the electric signals are irregular so that the abnormal tissue can be normalized. She underwent two surgeries—one to eliminate a troubled spot in her heart causing frequent extra beats and another to correct a spontaneously occurring fast heart rhythm in her upper heart chamber.
“These procedures are not easy, but the staff at Easton Hospital were wonderful,” she says. “People in the community can tell stories about Easton, but I was pleasantly surprised. The care was wonderful. I wouldn’t hesitate to come back.”
She chalks it up to her doctors. “I have good doctors,” she says. “So, of course, they would want me to get good care. I got that at Easton Hospital.”
The procedures went well. Janine is feeling better and her heart is nearly performing at capacity.
The best part? Her new relationships.
“Everyone knows me at the hospital,” she says. “It’s like I have all these new friends.”
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