Rev. Dannie Hayes, Cardiac Rehab Patient and HealthQuest Member

“I gained strength and confidence through Johnston Health’s cardiac rehab program, and found a fantastic support group.”

Dannie and Rose HayesRev. Dannie Hayes, 64, had quadruple-bypass heart surgery in February 2013. A few months later, he started Johnston Health’s cardiac rehab program and finished in July 2013. But he so much enjoyed the experience, he says, that he joined HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center to continue getting healthy. He’s now lost 35 pounds and comes three mornings a week to exercise with others who are enrolled in the rehab program.

“I gained strength and confidence, and found a fantastic support group,” Hayes says. “They weren’t pushy, just reassuring. It’s one of the greatest things that has happened to me.”

Even before his cardiologist discovered Hayes’ blockages, he had been suffering with back pain caused by osteoarthritis and twisting of his spine. Specialists have said that there’s little they can do to fix the condition. “Some days I wake up and I’m in so much pain. If I didn’t have this outlet, it would be so much easier for me to stay home, nurture the pain and not get any exercise at all,” he says. “I’m so thankful that I have that connection.”

Many patients who begin the cardiac rehab program – particularly those who have had bypass surgery – arrive apprehensive about exercising. In class, Hayes says he likes to encourage the new patients. “They’re struggling, just like I once did,” he says. “And we talk about their journey.” As they go through rehab, they see that they can do the tasks they once enjoyed, and they regain their independence.

There’s a small calendar on the wall of the rehab room, and for every day that Dannie comes to exercise, a gold star goes up. He says it’s just one of the many ways the rehab staff has made him feel special.

Rev. Dannie Hayes
Pine Level, NC
Cardiac Rehab patient and HealthQuest Member

Johnston Health Cardiopulmonary Rehab
A hospital department of Johnston Health
Johnston Medical Mall, Suite 1701*
514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
919-938-7172

*The Cardiac Rehab program takes place inside HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness facility