Johnny Howard

"They just made me feel like I was number one."

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Cookeville retiree Johnny Howard was spreading gravel at his home when he started having chest pains that radiated up to both jaws. He thought it was the angina he’d grown used to, but when walking up stairs made him break into a drenching sweat, he knew something was wrong.

His cardiologist, Dr. Stacy Brewington, immediately sent him to Cookeville Regional. An arteriogram showed he had a blockage, so Dr. Timothy Powell performed bypass surgery, and the team at Cookeville Regional’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center helped Howard get back on track. Now, he feels great.

“I don’t know how I could have had a better pair of heart specialists treating me,” said Howard. “When you come in here, they show a concern for you as a patient, and the expertise level they have is just great.”

It’s that combination of caring and expertise that has helped Cookeville Regional achieve recognition from Healthgrades® as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ (2013); ranking among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services (2013); and the title of #1 in Tennessee for Overall Cardiac Services (2012-2013). While that level of recognition is a huge honor, what really makes it all worthwhile for us are stories like this from our patients.