Melissa Purl, director of marketing and public relations at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, was the guest speaker at the regular Heights Kiwanis meeting Tuesday.

“We’re doing well. We had a rocky year with the Health Care Act from the government and the changes it created,” she told members. “We are going to survive it.”

Seton now has a medical staff of 300 and growing. In addition, there are 410 associates.

Other growth areas are cardiovascular services, women’s health and services, surgical services, primary care network expansion and community services.

On the first Thursday of each month, the hospital reaches out to the community by providing the public an opportunity to share a meal and talk with hospital staff. Doctors are also on-site and available to share time with those in attendance.

“We also offer CPR training and I will add that women are just as prone to having a heart attack than men,” she said.

“They will have the symptoms for four hours and when it gets serious enough they drive themselves to the hospital. They actually will transport themselves while having a heart attack.

“Not a good idea. That’s a job for paramedics.”

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