School board leader has bypass surgery

Published May 31, 2007

BROOKSVILLE - School Board Chairman Charles "Pat" Fagan was recovering this week after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery Saturday.

He was admitted May 21 to Bayonet Point Hospital complaining of chest pains. Last Friday, he underwent surgery to remove 10 stents, had a "mild heart attack" and underwent bypass surgery the next day, he said. "I feel okay, " Fagan said Wednesday from the hospital. "It's been a rough two weeks."

Fagan, who also serves as Hernando County's director of parks and recreation, was hospitalized in July and October for heart troubles.

He said he'll likely return home today or Friday. His School Board and county duties will wait for about four weeks.

Sandra Nicholson, vice chairwoman, will run the School Board in his absence.

Fagan, 58, ate lunch May 21 with Frank McDowell III, a friend and the county's code enforcement chief.

"I could tell he was uncomfortable about something, " McDowell said. "He called me a half hour later, and he said 'Can you run me home? I'm not feeling so well.' "

They went to the hospital instead.