Jeff Van Hoy never thought it would happen to him. “It was a late evening in August,” he says. “I thought I had indigestion. I thought I was in good health.”

Jeff’s heart attack came as a wake-up call. At his doctor’s recommendation, he decided to participate in cardiac rehabilitation. It was a life-changer. In 12 weeks, he lost 30 pounds. “The coaching and classes got me back on track,” he says. “They gave me back my confidence. I just hope more people can get the opportunities I’ve had.”

To create those opportunities, Providence Heart Institute has created “Basecamp | Cardiac Prevention + Wellness” at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Named for the location where adventurers prepare for discovery, Basecamp provides the resources, inspiration and friends for a journey to greater heart health.

Basecamp will expand and enhance the world-class care available at Providence Heart Institute. The new Steve and Donna Shepard Cardiac Rehabilitation Heart Fitness Center, for example, will serve 1,200 patients a year – more than doubling the capacity of the current facility.

But, according to James Beckerman, M.D., medical director of prevention and wellness at Providence Heart Institute, Basecamp will do much more.

“At Basecamp we’re building a community to support people in their journey to their best, healthiest selves,” he says. “We’ll offer nutrition and cooking classes, plus yoga, Tai Chi, stress management classes, and more. But, what’s most important, is we’ll expand the community of support like Jeff found in cardiac rehabilitation.”

Begin your own journey to greater heart health by joining us at Basecamp’s Community Open House, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Mother Joseph Plaza, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 9427 SW Barnes Road, Portland, Oregon 97225.

When you go, you’ll see Jeff’s story in the inspirational Life on Top of the World exhibit. “Whenever Providence calls, I answer,” he says, “because they’ve done so much for me.”