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Orlando's Heart Story

by UPMC Susquehanna

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Orlando Noviello is 81 years old now, and he’s grateful to the Heart & Vascular Institute at UPMC Susquehanna for helping him get there — not once, but twice.

“About 15 years ago, I had stents put in by Dr. Nardone. That kept me going for quite a while,” says the long-time resident of Muncy who is known for his restaurant — Orlando’s — the oldest business in the town consistently owned and operated by one family. “That procedure let me live my life, spend time with my family, visit with the people who come to our restaurant. ”

Dr. Donald Nardone, a cardiologist at the Heart & Vascular Institute, says, “Orlando was able to do very well after that procedure. He went right back to work, back to his routine. He made an excellent recovery.”

Orlando, known as Orlie, continued to work at his restaurant, where he is a favorite among his customers. A few months ago, he started not feeling so well.  “Maybe it’s because I don’t eat the way they tell me to — maybe that’s part of what brought this on. I had frequent episodes of indigestion, of nausea. I kept ignoring it. Then one day, my Irish wolfhound, Patty — he was such a good dog — was at my side when I was standing over the sink, feeling ill. He started whining, and nudging me. I knew then that something was wrong. They say that animals can tell, and I listened. I called my daughter, and she came and took me to Muncy Valley Hospital, where they determined I should go to Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The next thing I know, I was in the operating room.”

After the team in the cardiac catheterization lab stabilized Orlando, Dr. Mark Osevala, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Susquehanna Health Heart & Vascular Institute, performed triple bypass surgery. “When Orlando got here, the team acted very quickly. We were able to get him ready for surgery, and he responded very well. Orlando’s well-known around here, and when he was ready for them, he had plenty of visitors,” says Dr. Osevala. “The nurses watched him carefully, and saw that company helped his recovery, so he was able to have his friends and family come frequently.” 

“I can’t say enough about the Heart & Vascular Institute. The care I received was phenomenal — it was very, very good.  There were probably 50 people I was involved with — they were all great. Plus, I had the best doctor in the world taking care of me. I can’t say enough about Dr. Osevala. A good thing about him is that he has my initials. I kidded with him about that. They call me ‘Big O’ and they call him ‘Dr. O.’ I’m going to use an old-fashioned word: super. The doctors and the nurses were — I just have to say — super,” says Orlando.

Dr. Osevala is quick to point out that he is just one of those 50 people that took great care of Orlando, “Everyone from anesthesia, operating room personnel and assistants, perfusionists, ICU nurses, patient care assistants, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, housekeeping and food service attendants and our heart surgery team is critical to successful outcome Orlando had”, say Dr. Osevala. “It really is a team effort”.

Orlando has turned the day-to-day operations of the restaurant over to his son Matthew, which was always his plan, but he still stops in frequently. He knows that people like that personal contact, just as he does, in his work and in his life.  With seven children, 24 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, Orlando says, “I’ve had a lot of moments of good fortune in my life. I was very fortunate to have such a good hospital here. I was fortunate to have such great care. And I know that the doctors and nurses at the Heart & Vascular Institute have provided me with the opportunity to experience many more of life’s moments of good fortune.”

To learn more about our heart and vascular services, call 570-321-2800.