Husband and wife still making memories together

June 2, 2020

On March 8, 2017, my husband, Greg Kushner, and I went to the emergency department at Beebe Healthcare’s Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. Greg thought he only had indigestion, but he said his arms were feeling “weird, like heavy.” Upon entering and telling the receptionist about his heavy arms, we were taken right back. The wonderful nurse hooked up wires and took a strip of EKG paper and said she’d be right back. Within 30 seconds, 10 people came into the room – the emergency response team and cardiac response team, including Ehtasham Qureshi, MD.

Dr. Qureshi told Greg he was having a heart attack. He was raced up to the cardiac catheterization lab. Greg told me he remembers dying on the way. Greg’s “widowmaker” heart attack meant his artery was 100 percent blocked. If we had not been at the hospital, he would have died. Dr. Qureshi inserted a stent and balloon until open heart surgery could be performed.

Dr. Qureshi saved my husband’s life that day!

On March 10, my husband had six bypass surgeries performed by M.L. Ray Kuretu, MD, assisted by Brian McCarthy, PA-C. Dr. Ray explained the surgery so well I think I could have performed it myself (lol). After surgery, I felt so comfortable because of the team of nurses in Beebe’s Cardiac Care, and Dr. Ray and his staff. Either Dr. Ray or Brian spoke with me every day, sometimes a couple times a day. Greg was home five days after surgery.

Dr. Kuretu made it so I still have my husband here with me today!

I would recommend Beebe Healthcare and Beebe’s cardiac care team to anyone. To express our gratitude, our company – OceanSide Elite Cleaning & Building Services – is teaming with Germ Defense Delaware to provide complimentary, hospital-grade, electrostatic disinfection and germ deterrent to the personal and professional vehicles of police officers and Beebe Healthcare’s frontline health workers. Our first event was held May 22, and the second will be from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28. 

So, thank you, Beebe! Thank you so much not only for saving my husband’s life but for all you are doing now to help keep the entire community healthy. 

As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, Beebe Healthcare depends on the generous support of individuals, local businesses, corporations and private foundations. To make a gift to Beebe Healthcare in support of the COVID-19 Relief Fund or any of the hospital's other initiatives, go to or call 302-644-2900.

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