When distance counts: Farley credits Unity with life-saving efforts

by Hannah Robison

A man of many talents, a tried and true character, Paul Farley of Searcy is proud to share his story of compassionate care at Unity Health. In March 2017, Farley endured a heart attack and was transported swiftly from west of Searcy to Unity Health – White County Medical Center, where he received a stent to aid blood flow and relieve blockage in his heart. 

“I truly feel that Searcy is very fortunate to have Unity Health in our town, and I feel blessed to have just made it from the west side of Searcy to the hospital,” Farley said. “I never would have made it to Little Rock.”

Farley during his Smart Heart session at Unity Health with Jennifer Jolly, RN.

Farley was seen by Unity Health Cardiologist Dr. David Evans and has been grateful for all of his efforts. “I was treated with professionalism from the time I entered the emergency room until I was released,” he said. “The stent put in by Dr. Evans basically saved my life.”

After his release from the hospital, Farley began a 12-week period of recovery through the Unity Health Smart Heart program. With 36 sessions, Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week, patients are able to recover more quickly from heart episodes. 

Education is also provided on heart health, proper diet and exercise, as well as information on medication use and drug interactions when overcoming a heart issue. 

“I just can’t say enough about the nurses in the Smart Heart program,” Farley said. Through the entire procedure, recovery and rehabilitation process, he said he was treated with professionalism, “from the moment I entered the emergency room to the day I was released.” 

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Farley has called Searcy home since 1960. He owned, served and cut hair at his Cloverdale Hair Shop for more than 30 years, and he now cuts hair two days a week north of Searcy. 

He calls it a “lifetime career of beautifying the people of Arkansas.” Farley enjoys spending his time with family and mastering his art of photography.