‘King of Hearts’ named at Mercy Hospital Cassville

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Front row, from left: Jessica Quick, RN; DeeAnna Corns, spouse; Jim Corns, winner; Tiffanie Holman, RN; and Yolanda Salas, RN. Back: Tyler Wallace, exercise scientist. Contributed photo

Anyone can improve heart health, no matter age or medical history.

Jim Corns is not only proof of that, he’s a cheerleader for others who are on his same cardiac rehabilitation path.

Corns’ ability to make positive lifestyle changes to improve his heart health earned him the title of “King of Hearts” for 2019. Each year, Mercy hospitals in the Springfield Communities nominate patients for the “King and Queen of Hearts.” A committee reviews the anonymous nominations and makes their choice; this marks the third consecutive year the honor has gone to a Cassville patient. Steve Rinker was the nominee from Mercy Hospital Aurora.

“Jim is truly an inspiration to all,” said Tiffanie Holman, RN, Mercy Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. “He can be heard throughout the gym ‘pep talking’ other patients and has remained committed to a continuous cardiac exercise program, heart-healthy dietary changes and medication compliance. He’s always a positive motivator and we are very proud of him.”

The King and Queen of Hearts celebration not only recognizes those who’ve taken the right steps to improve their health, it also reminds everyone take care of their hearts before trouble occurs. Anyone who does develop heart problems should remember that a cardiac rehabilitation program can help them get back their quality of life.

For more information on cardiac rehabilitation, people may contact Mercy Therapy Services — Cassville at 417-847-6085 or Mercy Therapy Services – Aurora at 417-678-7887.