Apr 7, 2023 April is National Donate Life Month

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Heart Transplant Recipient Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

Shares His Gratitude for Organ Donors and “The Greatest Transplant Team on Earth”

Chuck and Debbie

(New Brunswick, NJ) - Chuck Myers admits that he never paid close attention to his heart health when he was younger. He didn’t exercise or watch his diet and smoked. All of these factors contributed to the heart attack he suffered on July 14, 2006 when he was only 52-years-old. The heart attack caused end-stage heart failure and eventually led Chuck on a journey to what is often called the ultimate second chance – receiving a heart transplant at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH).

Chuck recently celebrated his 10-year transplant anniversary with RWJUH’s Heart Transplant Team. He expressed his gratitude for organ donors and the RWJUH Team’s expertise and unwavering support over the past decade. And, he wants others to learn from the past mistakes he made in managing his heart health.

Chuck’s Story

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 640-bed academic medical center that is New Jersey’s largest academic medical center through its deep partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. RWJUH is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and other Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. Learn more at www.rwjbh.org/newbrunswick

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence and being named to Newsweek’s 2022 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The RWJUH Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as meeting The Joint Commission's standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Advanced Certification. RWJUH has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Spine Surgery; The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Bariatric Services; and The Joint Commission Gold Seal Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement services. The Joint Commission also awarded RWJUH a Gold Seal Certification as well as an Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Implantation.

Contact: Peter Haigney
RWJUH Public Relations
(732) 937-8568