Two recent cardiovascular surgeon additions to Mon General Hospital’s Cardiac
Services Program means Mon General can provide the full continuum of
Alexander Nagy, M.D., began seeing patients
this month, joining Kee C. Lee, M.D., as the second cardiovascular
surgeon at Mon General Hospital. Dr. Lee joined Mon General Hospital last October as the
Cardiac Surgery Director.
The addition of Dr. Nagy helps make Mon General Hosiptal’s cardiac services program the fastest growing
in the region, and the Mon General Hospital cardiology group continues to be the busiest in north central West Virginia.
In addition to open heart surgery, Dr. Nagy performs both lung and
vascular surgery, including abdominal aortic aneurysm stent grafting.
Dr. Lee has been doing open heart surgeries for more than 25 years. He
is experienced in complex open heart surgery, including valve repairs,
replacements, aorta surgery, coronary bypass, and carotid artery
State Senator Joseph Minard, from Clarksburg, was a
recent patient of Dr. Lee’s at Mon General Hosipital. He said he had his cardiac
catheterization in Charleston but was referred here to Dr. Lee at his
“I think he’s the greatest,” Senator Minard said.
“With Dr. Lee, I just don’t know how you can get any better. You could
go to any clinic in the country and I don’t think you could do any
better than Dr. Lee.”
Minard, who has served as a state
lawmaker for 26 years, said that when a Charleston cardiologist
discovered the blockages, the cardiologist told him that Dr. Lee had
operated on the cardiologist’s mother. “I told him, if he’s good enough
to operate on your mother, I think that would be the guy that I want,”
Minard said. “He made the appointment for me with Dr. Lee, and as soon
as he saw me, he immediately put me in the hospital. When I first went
(last May), I thought I was just going for a consultation. It turned out
to be more serious than a consultation, something that had to be done
and as quickly as possible.”
The Senator said four blockages
were discovered, Dr. Lee soon did the bypass surgery, and the grateful
patient says he is feeling back to normal again.
“We are very
fortunate to have that kind of talent here in West Virginia. He left
quite a reputation in Charleston before he came to Morgantown - and he
is one of the highly regarded surgeons on the east coast,” Minard said.
“We’re very fortunate to have that kind of talent right here under our
nose. You don’t even have to leave the state.”
daughters of Reedsville, West Virginia native Ann Luckey learned that
their Mother wouldn’t need to leave the state, either, to receive
excellent cardiac care. Late last year, they noticed that their mother’s
health appeared to be on the decline.
“I hadn’t been feeling
well for maybe six weeks, and one of my daughters (also a nurse), came
to visit me who hadn’t seen me and she noticed that I looked bad - I was
weak, and she talked me into to going to Mon General – because she
thought it was a great hospital, with great surgeons,” Ann said.
Ann was subsequently diagnosed with anemia, diabetes, congestive heart
failure, mitral valve disease and coronary artery disease.
of Ann’s daughters is Kristin Sarine, an R.N., who now resides in
suburban Dallas. Kristin says they couldn’t have selected a better place
to care for their mother.
“We all sat down and talked about
the different options, wondering if ‘bigger is better’, but we stayed
here. We were very pleased that we stayed here - the doctors do a
fabulous job and everyone was wonderful here,” Kristin said. “I just
can’t praise it enough. Every staff member has been wonderful.”
“I had a five-vessel bypass, and my mitral valve needed repaired and a
small hole in my heart needed repaired, so we felt very fortunate to get
Dr. Lee as our surgeon,” Ann said.
Now Ann is back to playing
with her grandchildren, like she used to. “And I breathe so much
better,” Ann said. “And, the cardiac rehab here I love.”
cardiac surgeons at Mon General Hospital are now performing complex heart surgery
equal to that of a major, metropolitan medical center,” said Mon
General Hospital’s President and CEO Darryl Duncan.
first six months of 2010, more than 50 valve surgeries, including
complex valve repairs and aortic root replacements, were performed, and
the open heart surgery program is on track to perform more than 300
total heart surgeries this year. Like Senator Minard and Ms. Luckey,
patients treated have had excellent outcomes, with high patient
Dr. Lee and Dr. Nagy are partnering with Mon
General’s six highly regarded cardiologists, who treat approximately
4,100 patients per year.
“I think our program is certainly one
of the strongest, if not THE strongest, in West Virginia,” said John
Lobban, M.D., an electrophysiologist/cardiologist on staff at Mon
Cardiologist John McKnight, M.D., says Mon General
also possesses the state-of-the-art technologies of a larger,
“We do heart catheterizations, angioplasty,
we have all of the latest, up-to-date, heart failure equipment in the
catheterization lab,” Dr. McKnight said. “We have two cardiovascular
surgeons who are highly skilled, and very well seasoned.”