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LMH Marks 20yrs of healing hearts

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Lima Memorial celebrates the anniversary of first open heart surgery Lima Memorial celebrates the anniversary of first open heart surgery

It was 1997 when Lima Memorial launched its comprehensive heart program.

Licensed Practical Nurse Connie Callahan was a part of that first scrub team.

She retired after 50 years on the job, but still volunteers at the hospital.

The heart program filled a need for local people who didn’t want to travel to Dayton, Cleveland or Columbus.

During its initial year, surgeons nearly doubled the original projections for cardiac surgeries. while around 200 surgeries were anticipated, 340 were actually performed.

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