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This Valentine’s Day, Two Women Who Suffered Broken Hearts Are Reunited with the St. Francis Doctors Who Saved Them

February 14th, 2017

Roslyn, New York – One is in her 20s, the other in her 90s, yet they have one thing in common: both are lucky to be alive, thanks to doctors at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®. It will be all hearts and flowers this Valentine’s Day at the hospital, when two women are reunited with the doctors who mended their broken hearts.

The dynamic duo will be bringing their favorite MDs tokens of their heartfelt appreciation. They include:

  • Jessica Arnone, a 23-year-old fashion account executive from Merrick, who suffered a nearly fatal case of the flu that triggered myocarditis, an inflammation that can cause rapid heart failure. But thanks to Director of Interventional Cardiac Procedures George Petrossian, MD, Arnone was saved, after he put a needle in her chest to drain the fluid. She revived without suffering any heart damage.
  • Bernice Ulanoff, a 91-year-old Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) patient from Roslyn, who looks forward to celebrating her 70th wedding anniversary with her husband, Stan, a retired general. The former interior decorator will be reunited with Andrew Berke, MD, Neil R. Bercow, MD, and Matthew Henry, MD, doctors at St. Francis Hospital’s Heart Valve Center.

“These two women are living testaments to the top-notch cardiac care we provide here at St. Francis, which is New York State’s only specialty designated heart hospital,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Ruth E. Hennessey. “As health care providers, we can’t think of a better way to commemorate Valentine’s Day.” 

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