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Celebrity spotlights Hawaii hospitals for saving his life.

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The efforts of some Hawaii doctors and nurses are hitting the national spotlight after helping bring a Hollywood celebrity back to life.

Former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer suffered a mild heart attack last month while paddle-boarding with his wife on the Big Island and credits local hospital life for saving his life.

After being treated at a Kona hospital, Grammer was transported to Queen's Medical Center, staff say it wasn't about treating someone with fame or fortune, their focus was to save him.

Cardiologist Dr. Lee Guertler is always on the move. Paged many times a day his name is one of the first called to any serious cardiac scene, but thanks to former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, it's now on the tv-screen.

"Entertainment Tonight" to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", Grammer garners a great deal of thanks to staff at Queen's Medical Center for saving his life.

"We tried very much to treat him like a person with a heart problem so that we would get a result instead of saying well, we have a celebrity so lets do thing different," said Cardiologist Dr. Lee Guertler.

For a little less than a week, a group about six nurses cared for Grammer, the star is thankful for them too.

"The staff is really flying high today. I've gotten emails, phone calls, staff here have gotten that from their own families too. Tower 6 isn't that where you work? So yeah, it's been kind of fun," said Nurse Manager Sharon Yamauchi.

Sure he's a star, but staff say they treated him like every other patient. Grammer wouldn't have it any other way.

"You go in in the morning and say ' hey are you still alive?' and he'd laugh," said Dr. Guertler.

"He would just say oh hey good morning or hello like anybody else and you'd look at their face and say " oooh I know that man," said Yamauchi.

Hollywood to here at home, quick action and care might have meant the world for the celebrity, but to hospital staff, it's all in a day's work.

"The best feeling they had was that they made a difference in someone's life," said Yamauchi.

The staff says they hope to keep in touch with Grammer, in fact, he even promised to teach one of the doctors how to paddle board. They credit the star taking quick action and getting to the hospital right away for saving his life.

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