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Jack Riley's TAVR Care Story

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After a series of regular checkups with his doctor, John Riley’s 87-year-old father, Jack, was informed that his heart pressure was dropping. It soon fell to “we need to do something immediately” levels, and his cardiologist confirmed a heart valve replacement was necessary to save Jack’s life.

John served on the Florida Hospital (now AdventHealth) Foundation Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute Board from 2018-2019. He was inspired to get involved because of AdventHealth’s faith-based mission. It never occurred to John that a member of his family would need AdventHealth or the care of the cardiovascular clinical team.

When John learned his father needed a minimally invasive surgical procedure called TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Value Replacement), he was incredibly relieved because he knew the surgeons who head up this program - Dr. Kevin Accola and Dr. Andy Taussig - through his work with Foundation and had complete confidence that his dad was in expert hands. John was especially appreciative that he could call upon his friends on the Foundation team to help navigate a complicated healthcare system.

Remarkably, 24 hours after his procedure, Jack was back home in excellent spirits and on the fast track to full recovery.

John was so grateful to AdventHealth for the compassion and support he and his father received from the hospital that he made of a generous gift of $25,000 in honor of his Jack’s TAVR care team. John has also made gifts to AdventHealth University in appreciation of his daughter Shannon who studied there to become an occupational therapist.

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