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Thomas Klute

Thomas Klute celebrated his 90th birthday just a few weeks after undergoing triple bypass surgery. Now 91, he says he owes it all to the heart care team at Reid Hospital.

When Thomas came to Reid’s emergency room in January 2010 with chest pain, physicians and staff quickly identified a life-threatening heart condition. Thomas remembers nothing about the emergency room or the same-day surgery, but he vividly recalls how well he was treated at Reid.

“I wrote a letter to the Palladium-Item thanking Dr. Howanitz (Dr. E. Paul Howanitz, Reid’s chief cardiothoracic surgeon) and all the nurses and other people at Reid who took care of me,” Thomas says. “I told them I hated to leave the hospital. They were so nice to me — and to my wife, too.”

For more information about the Reid Heart and Vascular Center, call (765) 983-3255.

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