In December 2019, 44-year-old Brandy Stivers of Findlay, Ill., went to her local doctor’s office not feeling well. The doctor’s office did an EKG, but it showed no signs of heart issues. The nurse practitioner told her that if she started having symptoms again to go to the emergency room.
The next morning, Brandy starting having chest pains, pain in her shoulder blades and trouble breathing. She took the advice of her nurse practitioner and had her husband drive her to the Emergency Department at  HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. As soon as she arrived at Good Shepherd, an EKG was done and this one showed she was having a massive heart attack.
She was immediately flown by helicopter to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. A team was waiting for her to arrive and took her immediately to the heart catheterization lab. She was then rushed to emergency open heart surgery and the surgeons performed a triple bypass.
She was at St. John’s for a month due to complications after surgery, but she believes the caregivers at Good Shepherd and St. John’s both played integral roles in saving her life.
Once she returned home, she received care through Good Shepherd Home Health. When she was released to start cardiac therapy, she chose to complete her cardiac rehabilitation at Good Shepherd. 
“If I could say thank you a million times I would. There’s no need to drive any further than Shelbyville,” said Brandy Stivers. “I feel like I got my life back.”
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About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit   

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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