Lankford Trusts Lake Regional

When Tom Lankford needed lifesaving open heart surgery, he turned to the team he trusts — Lake Regional Health System. After all, Tom and his wife, Bobbi, volunteer each week at the hospital and have experienced firsthand the caring staff and experienced physicians.

"The care at Lake Regional is not only equal to the treatment you would receive at a major medical center — it's above," says Tom, who had emergency cardiac catheterization and open heart surgery at Lake Regional in September 2010. "I couldn't get better care anywhere else. At Lake Regional, you're not just a number — you're treated as family."

That sense of family was very important to the Lankfords, who moved to Osage Beach five years ago from California. Because their relatives live out of state, the staff and volunteers at Lake Regional became a second family to them during Tom's health crisis.

"Even the housekeeping and engineering staff checked on me during Tom's surgery," says Bobbi, who has been Tom's constant companion since they met in the Navy 48 years ago. "Tom’s illness was my worst nightmare, but the staff at Lake Regional helped me get through it."

Bobbi also appreciated the thoroughness of the staff.

"Tom is my life," Bobbie says. "It was so important to me to know how he was doing. I never felt left out; they always kept me informed."

After life-saving surgery, Tom entered the Cardiac Rehab program at Lake Regional. When he progressed to Phase III rehab, Bobbi joined, too. The couple now exercises together three days a week at the Osage Beach location.

"It's so convenient," Tom says. "And the quality of care we receive is excellent." Now, Tom says he feels as good as new. In fact, he and Bobbi are having fun doing the things they've always dreamed of, like taking a trip to Australia.

"We feel so blessed to have had this experience," Bobbi says. "They gave me my best friend back."

About Lake Regional’s Cardiac Program

Lake-area residents and visitors who suffer from heart disease can receive comprehensive cardiovascular care at Lake Regional, from cardiac catheterization to open heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. Learn More

About Cardiac Rehab at Lake Regional

Our Cardiac Rehab team includes registered nurses, exercise physiologists and dietitians who will help you recover and learn how to live with heart disease. Learn More