Khaled Khalaf, M.D. and patient Paul White

On Sunday, May 16, Paul White began having severe chest pains. White is the superintendent for Robins and Morton, the construction company HCA is using for the 4th floor south tower expansion — HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Heart Hospital. He asked his wife to take him to the HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Emergency Department (ED).

“When I walked in, I told the nurse at the desk I had severe chest pains. She reacted quickly. Everyone in the ED was very helpful and immediately took me back and hooked me up to various machines. My wife said the doctor was watching me closely but not sure I had a heart attack yet. He did not like the way the numbers were going. He called in the cath lab team and Dr. Khaled Khalaf happened to be on call.”

White has a wife, two grown children and lives in Kingwood.

“The cath lab team and Dr. Khalaf treated my wife with kindness, understanding and great care. The team explained everything and Dr. Khalaf went to great lengths to describe everything to her and even drew her a picture to make sure she understood. I just want to thank everyone at HCA Kingwood and Dr. Khalaf for what they did for me and for taking great care of my wife while this was going on.”

White had a STEMI (ST elevation myocardial infarction). He received two stents, one to the right coronary artery and one to the left anterior descending artery and a thrombectomy to remove blood clots from the RCA. He is feeling well and will go in for a checkup in six months. He credits the great team at HCA Kingwood, the cath lab and Dr. KK for saving his life.

“For me,” said Dr. Khalaf, “Mr. White’s story and blessed recovery will always be a part of these new hallways. His experience gives the new HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood Heart Center a unique, personal touch, perspective and gratitude that only a massive heart attack survivor can provide. I will continue to give him the utmost quality of care, just like the new center will provide for our great community.”

“At HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood, we are committed to providing world-class care close to home,” said John Corbeil, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “Our protocol has streamlined, standardized and improved care delivery by establishing effective alert systems, securing a collaborative relationship within the hospital, instituting a treatment protocol and policy and developing a staff educational program to help increase knowledge and awareness of cardiovascular events.”

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