Every hospital has stories.  

These are a few of ours.

In hospitals, we’re surrounded by stories. Some are incredible. Some are touching and heartfelt. All of them are nice to hear. We recognize that we can talk on and on about the distinctions we’ve been awarded, the services we offer, and the experience of the physicians working in our halls. But only by hearing the stories of those just like you, folks who arrived at our doors anxious or scared and went home healed, can you truly begin to understand who we are, and what we strive for.

You’ll find a number of stories we’ve collected about our hospitals. We’ll be adding more regularly so check back often. 


Tell Us Your Story

If you have a great story to tell about Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, we want to hear it

Our Nursing Heroes

Nurses go above and beyond to fulfill father's last wish.

Michael's Heart Story

“I knew that I was in the process of dying,” Michael says. “I realized that if I didn’t make videos for my kids, they wouldn’t have anything. I didn’t think about all the things I didn’t get to do. I simply thought about the children I wouldn’t get to raise.”

Jason's Heart Story

“I had just finished up my second round and was in the locker room when I felt tightness in my chest,” Jason recalls. “I didn’t think much of it, but I knew I didn’t feel right.”

Alexandra's Heart Story

“Even though I work in health care, I was only 22 years old, so I thought it was impossible something could be wrong with my heart," says Alexandra. She found out how wrong she was when she was diagnosed with a serious heart condition.

Delia's Heart Story

Delia Ortiz thought she was having a heart attack but it turned out to be a treatable valve disorder.

Louis' Heart Story

When Louis Willa found out he had aortic valve stenosis, he needed another surgery, but his doctor thought he wouldn't survive one. Luckily, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) arrived at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center just in time. Learn how it saved Louis' life.

Michelle's Heart Story

Mother of two Michelle Kellim doesn't take anything for granted anymore. She nearly died in her sleep from cardiac arrhythmia and had to have emergency heart surgery to insert a heart pump. Learn how PBGMC got her heart back in working order and Michelle home to her family.

Richard's Heart Story

Everything changed when Richard Obregon and his family found out he had a heart condition. Diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), Richard’s heart had an electrical malfunction that caused it to sometimes beat rapidly. He had life-saving surgery at PBGMC and says, "being at PBGMC was the best thing that could have happened to me.”

Eric's Heart Story

Before Eric Jablin became mayor of Palm Beach Gardens, he experienced a life-threatening incident he will never forget.  

Alicia's Stroke Story

"Stroke happens fast, unexpectedly and without warning. That’s how Alicia Didia describes her own stroke. ""I remember my son Scott was kneeling over me asking if I knew my name. I could see my name written in the air, just floating there, but I couldn’t say it.” How PBGMC helped her become a stroke survivor."

Jerry's Colon Story

For colon patient Jerry Ryan, minimally invasive surgery allowed him to keep going without a long recovery. “Dr. Vazquez said the procedure would only take an hour, and the robotics machine would allow me to have a quicker recovery time, so I could get back to trying to keep up with my grandchildren.”

David's Story: Office Coordinator

A longtime employee-turned-patient, David Greene knows he can count on his coworkers for excellent care.“Having worked here for over 20 years and being a patient, I have seen and experienced the hospital from all sides. I have always received such great care as a patient here, and it’s not just because I am an employee. The night-shift staff doesn't know me and they were all still so kind and accommodating.”

Sharmila's Story: Director of Cardio

As director of cardiovascular services, Sharmila Ward knows how important excellent heart care is. “I come from a family with a long history of bad cardiac health. My grandfather had bypass surgery and my cousin, at age 36, had bypass surgery. It’s also part of my culture—Indian people have bad coronary artery disease, so that’s always been interesting to me.” Read the rest of her story.

Arun's Story: Medical Director of Primary Stroke Center

“I wanted to help the hospital build the stroke program, and I had excellent support to grow something here,” says Dr. Talkad. “The pieces were in place—the ER is phenomenal—so they just needed someone to put it all together.”

Mo's Wound Story

As a popular talk show host on Kool 105.5, Monty Foster, otherwise known as “Mo” of the Mo and Sally Morning Show, never could have imagined he would one day be broadcasting from a hospital bed. 

Salvador's Heart Story

“I knew I had to do something. Working in my backyard vegetable garden with my son—that’s my favorite hobby. And I didn’t have the energy for it anymore,” added Salvador. “Dr. Shah told me that if I didn’t do something, I would be at risk for a heart attack.”