Chancellor recuperating at home after heart surgery

By ASTRID VERDUGO

Pima Community College Provost Suzanne Miles assumed Chancellor Roy Flores’ seat at the Oct. 19 Board of Governors meeting, and announced that Flores is home after quadruple bypass surgery on Oct. 14.

“He took a hot shower—we just got an update on this. He’s very pleased to be home,” Miles said at the meeting. “We’ll keep you posted but at this point in time it’s just a couple more weeks of more healing.”

Miles sent an email to PCC employees Oct. 19, stating that her husband picked up Flores at the hospital the afternoon of Oct. 18 and delivered him to his home. She said Flores was resting comfortably and discussing the state of the economy.

“He has been advised not to have visitors until he is stronger, which could be three to five days at the least,” Miles said. “For those of you who asked about sending flowers and plants, please do not do so until later next week. Cards and flowers can be sent directly to his office and his staff will get them to his home.”

Miles said Flores will have home health care for a week or two in addition to a constant delivery of heart-healthy meals.

“He certainly appreciates your good will and support as he focuses on healing,” she said.

Miles emphasized, however, that Flores needs rest in order to recuperate and heal.

“He really doesn’t need visitors yet—it’s nothing personal,” she said. “But if you need to see him or need an appointment, just go through his office and they’ll set something up.”

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OCT. 14 UPDATE FROM PROVOST SUZANNE MILES:

Dr. Flores is out of surgery and in recovery.  He had a quadruple bypass. I will have another update at the Board meeting next Wednesday.  On his behalf we want to thank you for your expressions of support. For those of you who asked about sending flowers and plants, please do not do so until later next week.  Cards and flowers can be sent directly to his office and his staff will get them to his home.

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By ASTRID VERDUGO

Roy Flores, chancellor for Pima Community College, will undergo triple-bypass heart surgery on Friday, Oct. 14.

“I feel strong and have been running regularly, but my doctor tells me that there is some blockage in my arteries that we need to address,” Flores said.

“I’m in excellent shape otherwise, a perfect candidate for this kind of procedure.”

His doctor also told him he can look forward to a full recovery in four to six weeks.

Flores doesn’t blame the stressful events that PCC has endured over the past year for taking a toll on his health.

“It’s not just one thing that causes these types of medical problems,” he said. “Stress is a factor and if you look at people that have stressful jobs in every sector of society they tend to have not only this kind of thing but they also have some other health challenges.”

Flores tries to stay healthy by exercising.

“I try to run and exercise because you have to have stamina to put in long days week after week, month after month and year after year,” he said.

Flores underwent a series of three medical procedures five weeks ago.

“One was the regular treadmill test, where there was an indication that there was an anomaly,” Flores said. “Then there was another test that was done—a more sophisticated test that indicated there might be other kinds of problems. An angiogram was done last that ultimately uncovered that I had to have bypass surgery.”

Flores said he is not nervous about his upcoming bypass, although he suspects he will be on the day of surgery.

“The angiogram did not make me nervous, so I’m hopeful that it’ll be the same kind of thing,” he said. “I suspect I will be a little bit nervous, although one never knows. We’ll see.”

Suzanne Miles, PCC provost and executive vice chancellor with 26 years at PCC, will assume some of Flores’ responsibilities.

“We expect college operations to continue to run smoothly,” Miles said. “Dr. Flores has assembled a team of dedicated professionals who are all devoted to education and serving our community. We will hold down the fort while he is away.”

John Carrol, vice president of instruction at Community Campus, will assume some of Miles’ duties as president of Community Campus. He is the former acting superintendent of the Tucson Unified School District.

Flores will maintain regular contact with his staff regarding budget and planning issues.

“I have every confidence in our team, and I know that students and faculty will not notice any difference in college operations,” he said.

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