Grateful patient and volunteer leader, Peter, gains new perspective on life and our local health care services

Grants Pass resident and Asante Governing Board Chair, Peter Angstadt, Ph.D., never expected to receive a heart valve replacement and a cancer diagnosis simultaneously. But when he did, he experienced the compassionate, wrap-around care at Asante.

“Everyone was extremely caring and helpful; there are so many people who did so much—the surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, technicians, nurses, CNAs and the list goes on. All of the staff; everyone made me feel cared for and confident,” said Peter.

Peter was diagnosed with a heart murmur at 13—not an uncommon finding—which eventually required him to receive a valve replacement in 2021. During his recovery from surgery, medical tests coincidentally uncovered kidney cancer. “I was completely shocked.”

From Peter’s perspective, it’s important our community continues to support Asante, our local non-profit, community-governed health system. While the care continues to be award-winning, he sees the need and value in empowering our medical professionals with new facilities, updated equipment and additional resources.

Now cancer-free, and living with a healthy heart, Peter enjoys rafting on the Rogue and other western rivers, and spending time with his wife and family.

“You never know when you or your family members will need care, and you want it to be the best care possible. Asante is a great health resource for all of us.”

Interested in learning about what’s next for cardiac care at Asante? Schedule a briefing or attend a hard hat tour today with Jeff Cool

Heart Month activities
In honor of American Heart Month, we thought you might enjoy participating in some of these opportunities, including a webinar on February 14 with cardiologists Dr. Dygert and Dr. Funk. Register today: