‘It’s the little things that matter’

Credit union CEO recounts a life-changing heart attack.

A few years back Patrick Adams, CEO of St. Louis Community Credit Union, suffered a heart attack—and survived. He shared his story Friday at the co-located CUNA Technology Council and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conferences in San Francisco.

If possible, he suffered his attack under the best of possible conditions:

  • There was a defibrillator onsite at the YMCA where he was working out.
  • A U.S. Secret Service Agent was also working out. He knew how to use a defibrillator.
  • Scheduling snafus resulted in Adams and the agent being at the gym at the same time.
  • A fire station and paramedics were nearby to assist Adams.

One of the things that Adams took away from the episode: It’s not necessarily the big things that make the difference in our lives.


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