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Frank & Gloria McAlpin's Story

At 82, Frank McAlpin has a lot to look forward to with Gloria, his wife of 63 years, and his seven children, 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. It’s been a long journey that began at the age of 52 when Frank had his first heart attack.

“When I felt chest pains while swimming at the YMCA, Dr. Gerald Gacioch and his team didn’t hesitate to see me. With timely and expert treatment at Rochester General Hospital, I recovered from my heart attack. When I needed additional treatment over the next 30 years, including multiple bypass surgeries and stent placements, I never considered going anywhere else. I completely trust Dr. Gacioch and his entire team.”

“Gloria and I could not be more grateful to the doctors and nurses at the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute and the generous donors who support their work. We know that donations made a big difference in being able to provide the technologies, treatments and training that helped me. We were inspired to help purchase a new monitor for the cardiac catheterization lab, allowing cardiologists to review multiple images at once on a large screen for the best views of each patient’s heart. It makes me feel good to know that I’ve made a worthwhile investment in the people of our community.”

Dr. Gerald GaciochGerald Gacioch, MD, FACC
“On-going cardiac care is the lifeline of our community. Key to my success as a cardiologist is establishing an on-going relationship with patients like Frank, encouraging them to better manage their health. We often discuss fundamental lifestyle changes, which can be difficult to make. I’m here to support their efforts.”

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