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"Coble: Providence will still fulfill vital mission in community"

Guest Column

The State

August 18, 2015

Courtesy: The State
"Former Columbia Bob Coble poses in the room where he recovered, along with the Providence Hospital medical team he credits with saving his life after a major heart attack earlier this year. Tim Dominick -"


The Sunday, August 16th edition of Columbia's The State featured this photo along with a guest column from former Columbia Mayor Bob Coble.  It begins:

April 15 was like any other Wednesday lobbying at the State House. But after lunch, I started feeling what I thought was a bad case of heartburn. Before long, I realized I needed help. Then, in the State House nurse station, I passed out. I was having a heart attack, a big one. The kind the experts call a “widowmaker.”

Nurse Betsy Hossenlopp — who later would receive an award from the National Conference of State Legislatures for saving me — and nurse Cicely Jenkins, along with Dr. Marc New, managed to resuscitate me. The last thing I remember saying was, “Take me to Providence Hospital.” I credit that with saving my life.

That night, Dr. Mac Leppard performed a quintuple heart bypass on me. He, too, saved my life — although he won’t accept that unless I add “and the team” there at Providence.

Read more about Coble's recovery and about Providence's future following the announcement that it is being acquired by Tennessee-based LifePoint Health.

Bob Coble is chair of Nexsen Pruet's Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Group for South Carolina.  He was Mayor of Columbia for 20 years.