Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation donates cardiac rehabilitation equipment to hospital | Community

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently received a $5,000 donation from the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation (AGBHF) to purchase a total body exercise recumbent bike for cardiac rehabilitation patients at the hospital.

The Physiomax Total Body Trainer is an essential tool in cardiac rehabilitation. It is designed to provide a low impact upper body cardio and strength training workout from a safe seated position. It has an ergonomic design and a full range of resistance. This range makes it adaptable to those who are physically active to those with arthritis, reduced mobility or who use a wheelchair.

Angela Kelly, director of surgical and cardiovascular services at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, expressed her gratitude for the donation.

“This equipment is very useful because all of our cardiac rehab patients can use it, even those with mobility issues,” she said. “We are grateful to the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation for their partnership in improving the health of our neighborhood residents.”

Stephanie Gobczynski Uebinger, President of the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, explained why AGBHF wanted to make this donation to St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.

“Our current partnership with HSHS St. Anthony’s has been so wonderful. In addition to the screenings we do with student athletes in the area, we wanted to expand our partnership to provide this equipment to help people who need rehabilitation after experiencing a cardiac event,” she said. “Ultimately our mission is to help as many people as possible and we know this gear will help us do just that.”

For questions or more information about the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, contact Stephanie Gobczynski Uebinger at 217-240-0877 or [email protected] She sits on the board of the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation (AGBHF). The AGBHF has also partnered with St. Anthony’s to serve the community and help prevent premature deaths of young, apparently healthy athletes through their Athletic Cardiac Screening Program, as well as previously providing funds for the purchase of Kardia mobile devices and iPads to screen adults for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). AGBHF also funded the purchase of other cardiac rehabilitation equipment at St. Anthony’s. The AGBHF was established in memory of Andrew Gobczynski, a former Teutopolis and EIU basketball player who died at age 33 from cardiomyopathy, a condition no one knew existed.

For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit St. Anthony’s website.

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