Pictured here Melissa Smith reuniting with Chip and Mary Schulze

WEBSTER, Texas – February 4, 2016 – On Monday, February 1st, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC) hosted an event to celebrate two local heart patients, their outstanding interventional cardiology clinicians and staff, local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals and the Impella heart pump technology. The event was the hospital’s American Heart Month kick-off – a national effort to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.

Charles “Chip” Schulze spoke to the attendees about how he had no health issues before his massive heart attack in October 2014. He was on his way to Galveston when he called 9-1-1 complaining of severe chest pain. Galveston County EMS and CLRMC staff combined shocked him ten times before he quickly received the Impella device as a temporary measure before going into surgery at CLRMC. Mr. Schulze said he was forever grateful to Galveston County EMS, CLRMC ER staff, CLRMC cath lab staff and all CLRMC staff for helping save his life. He knows he could have died, but said, “angels were watching over him that day.” 

James “Craig” Carroll was also present to speak about his story. His attendance was extra special since he flew in from Michigan to tell it. He was on assignment in Houston when he was having unbearable chest pain. He went to CLRMC’s emergency room where he too received Impella as a temporary relief for his heart before having surgery. Due to Craig’s health issues at the time, his energy was low and daily activities were limited. He was even told he would have to live with daily chest pain.  Thanks to the medical treatment he received at CLRMC, he now has the energy to work twelve hours and workout daily; something he never dreamed of doing before.

Pictured from left to right William Masone, EMT; Chip Schulze, Patient; Lori Spellman, Paramedic

“I am so proud of the teamwork displayed by local EMS and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s staff. It, along with the cutting edge technology I used, is the reason these people are still with us today,” said Dr. Rakesh Shah, Interventional Cardiologist at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center operates the region’s leading cardiovascular program through its Heart & Vascular Hospital. The patients receive unparalleled care, in a convenient location, close to home. From heart surgery to coronary interventions, residents in Bay Area Houston and surrounding communities have the highest level of care available to them.

Impella is the world’s smallest heart pump, and is smaller than the width of a pencil. It can be inserted percutaneously (without surgery) through a small hole in the leg, up through the aorta into the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart. The Impella offers Protected PCI procedures for advanced heart failure and heart disease patients. Impella 2.5 is the only FDA-approved percutaneous hemodynamic support device determined to be safe and effective for the treatment of elective and urgent high-risk patients.


About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes Level II Trauma Capabilities, Neuroscience Institute, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Bariatrics Program, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at www.clearlakermc.com for the latest news and updates, visit our website at www.clearlakermc.com or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses.  HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.  For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.