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Program protects our protectors Early detection coordinator Bobbi Clinch (right) assists the Lincoln Police Department in screening for heart risks. Capt. Michon Morrow (left), I.D. Lab specialist Jim Betts and Officer Launa Groves enthusiastically support Bryan’s Protectors Protection Program.

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im Betts was feeling great, exercising regularly, eating right and keeping his weight in check — so it took some urging from co-worker Officer Launa Groves to convince him to take a heart risk assessment offered as part of a new Lincoln Police Department employee wellness initiative. An I.D. Lab specialist and former crime scene investigator (CSI), Jim became curious and signed up for Bryan’s Protectors Protection Program — a program he now credits with saving his life. Jim had no symptoms of heart disease, so he was unaware a virtual time bomb was lurking in his chest. After Bryan’s online screening tool showed he had high risk factors, Jim had a calcium CT scan and other tests. Those led to an appointment with Bryan Heart cardiologist Matthew Johnson, MD, who through heart catheterization found that Jim’s left anterior descending artery (LAD) was blocked — a condition commonly

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referred to as “The Widowmaker” because survival rates are low if not discovered before the artery ruptures.

Taking the initiative Bryan Heart cardiothoracic surgeon Robert Oakes, MD, performed a double bypass to repair Jim’s LAD. After completing cardiac rehabilitation at the Bryan LifePointe Campus, Jim feels good and is thankful for Drs. Oakes and Johnson, the Bryan cardiac intensive care team and the rehab experts at LifePointe who helped him get back to his life. Jim says he’s received tremendous support from co-workers and is grateful the LPD Wellness Committee had the foresight to put the protectors program in place. “I don’t know how long Jim would have gone before he became aware of his heart condition if we hadn’t brought the Bryan program to the police department,” says Groves, who’s on

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Statesman William Jennings Bryan, one of the original benefactors of Bryan Health, said: “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter...

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Statesman William Jennings Bryan, one of the original benefactors of Bryan Health, said: “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter...

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