A Change of HeartGulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 5, Issue 4 - The Mayo Clinic
Through Clinical Collaboration and God’s Grace
When Baptist Health Care joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in 2013, the Gulf Coast community of Pensacola celebrated the clinical collaboration and welcomed the additional resources it would bring to the local care of residents. A closer relationship with Mayo Clinic gives Baptist patients access to world-renowned expertise, often with the option to remain close to home. Since joining the network, countless patients have been helped and many lives saved by the combined skills of Baptist and Mayo Clinic experts.
One such case is that of heart patient, Jonathan Richmond (right) of Pensacola. In 2000 the then 46-year-old Richmond was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a chronic condition in which the heart can’t pump blood as well as it should. Since that time, Richmond’s condition has been managed with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), medication and lifestyle changes, his blood pressure and weight carefully monitored by a nurse with his insurance company. “The option of a heart transplant was presented to me and I said, ‘no way!’” said Richmond. “I didn’t know then, but the Lord would eventually take that decision out of my hands.”
Richmond’s story is a true testament to the value of clinical collaboration. But even more importantly for Richmond and his family, it revealed the mysterious and benevolent workings of a loving God. This is Richmond’s account of how a series of miracles brought him back from the brink of death and restored him to his family.