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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - Grateful Patients Express Gratitude for Care Through Guardian Angel Program

David Hubert was admitted to Martin Medical Center for a routine knee replacement in 2011, he expected to be back home recovering in a few days. But Hubert went into cardiac arrest after the surgery. Martin Health nurses, Alex Diggins and Julius Diggins, immediately began lifesaving CPR. The two nurses never left Hubert’s side over the critical hours that followed as he fought to stay alive.  As Hubert recovered, nurses Valerie Martin and Karen Swager, along with Dahlia Ortisi, physical therapist, played an instrumental role in his recovery.  

Hubert finally returned home after eight episodes of cardiac arrest and 14 days of recovery. But he never forgot the expert care he received while at Martin Medical Center.  Every six months, Hubert, along with his wife, Judi, returns to Martin Medical Center to thank the staff that they credit with saving David’s life.

To show their appreciation and gratitude for excellent care, David and Judi also honor the nursing staff by contributing to the Martin Health Guardian Angel program.

“The Guardian Angel program helps make life-saving care possible at Martin Health,” said Kelly Rowell, Director of Development, Sustainable Giving for the Martin Health Foundation. “Donors can transform healthcare right here at home – by making a gift in honor of their Guardian Angel to the Martin Health Foundation.

For more information about the Guardian Angel program or the Martin Health Foundation, visit or call 772.223.5615.

   Judi Hubert, far left, and her husband David,
fourth from left, return to Martin Medical Center
to express their gratitude to the Martin Health
associates who cared for David. The associates
are from left to right: Alex Diggins, RN, Julius
Diggins, RN, Dahlia Ortisi, PT and Valerie Martin, RN

Media Contact: Donna Murphy, Communications Specialist
Phone: 772.223.2835

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