Stories from the Heart

Abigail turns two after open-heart surgery
In 2021, Abigail Kelly was born at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and admitted to the NICU. Today, Abigail is a thriving, two-year-old, and has had only one open heart surgery.
Seattle patient traveled to Spokane for robotic heart surgery at Providence Sacred Heart
Donny Jones traveled to Providence Spokane Heart Institute for a robotic mitral valve repair. Learn more.
A life-saving artificial heart buys critical time for patient waiting for a dual organ transplant
With the help of Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Greg Soumokil was given a artificial heart.
Dan's Heart Transplant Journey - A Story of Hope and Healing
Dan received a successful heart transplant thanks to the incredible gift of organ donation and the specialty teams at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and the Providence Spokane Heart Institute.
‘I have a second chance’: Patient reflects on excellent care after surviving ‘widowmaker’ heart attack
Tyron Bennett credits his Providence team for saving his life and inspiring him to make some major changes.
Heart attack survivor reunites with nurse who saved his life
A Spokane man who survived a heart attack in 2022 recently reunited with one of the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center intensive care unit nurses that saved his life
Living beyond congenital heart disease: A story of care and motherhood
Melissa Faucher shares her story of overcoming congenital heart disease to give birth to four beautiful children, including twins.
Heart Care for Life: Brian’s Congenital Heart Disease Journey
A common birth defect leads a Gonzaga graduate back to Spokane for heart valve surgery.
Minimally invasive heart surgery keeps Spokane woman on her feet
Many patients with heart valve problems bounce back with the help of a minimally invasive procedure called TAVR. Providence is a leader in performing such surgeries.
From sharing heart felt stories to sharing his own
Adults with congenital heart disease fare better with continuous care from cardiac specialists.
Providence Health Care Foundation is making things a little easier for this tiny heart
Elliott Naftzger has needed heart monitoring since birth. Now age 5, she and her parents can save the three-hour drive to Spokane because Providence is bringing the imaging unit to
Heart transplant is the perfect Valentine’s gift for this young woman
Providence transplant center helped patient through three open-heart surgeries and the process of getting a new heart.
Brian Starr is getting a second chance at life
Thanks to the generous gift of organ donation—and the comprehensive transplant program at Providence—Brian Starr is getting a second chance at life.
The Spokesman Review highlights the new Providence BetterU Challenge
The Better U™ Challenge provides the education and tools for women to take charge of their health personally and for their family.
Providence medical teams have been saving lives with cardiology for over 50 years
Learn how a team of Spokane surgeons, cardiologists and nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, 50 years ago, changed the trajectory of heart medicine for decades to come.
Providence patients with heart transplant & mechanical hearts say 'Thank You'
Patients of Providence Spokane Heart Institute share their words of appreciation to the team of providers at the Center for Advanced Heart Disease & Transplant.
Providence patient Greg Soumokil celebrates successful total artificial heart surgery
The innovative surgery saved a Spokane grandfather’s life while he waits for a donor heart. Learn more.