Sunday, August 12, 2012
Evangelist Billy Graham Admitted to Mission Hospital
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
ASHEVILLE, NC (ANS) -- Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted overnight to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., near his home in Montreat, for evaluation and treatment of a pulmonary infection thought to be bronchitis. Upon admission, he was alert and in good spirits.
According to a news release, the pulmonologist treating Mr. Graham, David Pucci, DO, said that he is resting comfortably, that appropriate antibiotics are being administered and that his condition is stable.
Mr. Graham was previously hospitalized for successful treatment of pneumonia in November, 2011. He resumed his ongoing program of physical therapy and normal activity shortly after his release, according to his staff.
Staff further report that the 93-year-old evangelist has remained in good overall health the past year, though he continues to remain at home due to age-related conditions. However, Mr. Graham remains actively involved in ministry and writing projects, including nearing completion of a manuscript for a new book summarizing his Gospel message over the past seven decades of public ministry.
While no date has been set for discharge, Mr. Graham is looking forward to returning home to his family.
About Mission Hospital
Mission Hospital, the flagship hospital of Mission Health, is a not-for-profit hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina and houses the region's only dedicated Level II trauma center. Mission Hospital has seven Centers of Excellence: cardiology, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, women's services, neurology and trauma.
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