In honor of Father’s Day we would like to share a story of a local father and grandfather, many of you know.
Steve Jordan is a friend to so many. He’s a reliable church member, a loyal co-worker and an all-around great guy who works hard for his community. In 2012, our staff at SMH had the opportunity to know him as a patient. Steve came in with chest pain and was immediately admitted and treated for what was later determined as a heart attack.
“I came in to the Emergency Room around 4:00pm on a Friday and within seconds of arriving nurses were all around me,” he said. “They made me feel like I was the only patient there.”
After being treated in the Emergency Room they were able to stop the heart attack. It just so happened that Dr. Lendel, interventional cardiologist with Arkansas Heart Hospital, was at Saline Memorial on Saturday morning and was able to perform a stent procedure to relieve the blockage.
“I don’t know many surgeons who are at a hospital on Saturday morning but I’m glad that he was,” said Steve. “He came in and talked to me, explaining everything that was going on. Dr. Lendel and the staff made me feel so comfortable and at home. I knew a lot of the nurses and staff that were helping me just from living in Saline County. It was nice to have familiar faces around at a time like that.”
Steve was discharged that Sunday and later went to his primary care physician for a follow up visit.
“I was talking to my doctor and he said if I had tried to go to Little Rock, I wouldn’t be sitting here in front of him.”
Luckily, the team at SMH was there every step of the way. Steve is healthy and continues with his check-ups with Dr. Lendel from Arkansas Heart Hospital. They have a convenient clinic next to the hospital five days a week. These interventional cardiologists also serve patients like Steve who come to the Saline Memorial ER needing emergent cardiac care.
“As I think about Father’s Day and my children and grandchildren, it makes me extremely grateful for Saline Memorial Hospital,” he said. “I wouldn’t be celebrating Father’s Day if it wasn’t for the hospital and physicians-they saved my life.”
Steve has three sons and three grandchildren. He talks to his sons almost every day and sees his grandchildren all the time. He enjoys playing golf with his sons and the whole family loves to get together whenever they can.
“I’ve been in this community my whole life and Saline Memorial Hospital was always just the local community hospital. Now it’s not just Saline Memorial Hospital, it’s my hospital.”
We’re so glad Steve is healthy, active and enjoying time with family again. Happy Father’s Day to Steve and to all of the wonderful father’s out there!