Cardiology patient honors physician who saved his life

During a black tie gala in 2014, David Goodman began to feel serious discomfort in his chest, abdomen, and back. Contemplating a trip to the emergency room, David and his wife, Barbara, decided to head home first to change clothes, and more specifically allow Barbara to change out of the high heels she had been wearing all night. It is this start to a journey – of a vivid ambulance trip, multiple days in surgery, and the raw emotions of a healing process – that makes talking to the Goodmans about Novant Health, and giving back, like opening a book you do not want to put down.

But it is their feelings about Dr. Robert Allen that truly create emotion and define the remarkable care provided at Novant Health. David and Barbara recognized Dr. Allen as a Guardian Angel in 2015 because, to David, that’s exactly what he represents.

“It became abundantly clear that my life had been re-gifted and we needed to acknowledge those who gave of themselves for my benefit,” David said.

Our goal at the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is to raise awareness and funding to empower and connect donors, like David, to programs, initiatives and in this case, physicians, that save lives and improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

If you would like to honor your champion at Novant Health, please consider supporting our current capital campaign where your dollars will support the construction of a new outpatient heart and vascular and cancer facility that will transform patient care delivery.

“Someone gave to Novant Health Foundation, to Dr. Allen, to the entire staff, to make it possible for me to be here today. Now it is my turn.”

– David Goodman, Cardiology Patient
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