April 27 2011 - Trinity Mother Frances Breaks Ground On Heart Hospital

For Immediate Release

April 27, 2011

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Region's First Freestanding Heart Hospital Opens Fall 2012

TYLER, TX – Today, officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics broke ground on the region's first freestanding heart hospital. The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, named after the Tyler couple that donated $18 million toward the cost of construction, is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012. It will be located on the campus of Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital is a two-phase project. Phase One, located in the Ornelas Tower, was completed in December. Construction is underway on Phase Two, a freestanding structure located between Saunders Street and South Fleishel Avenue.

The hospital will be six stories, include comprehensive cardiac, thoracic and vascular services and stand east of and adjacent to Mother Frances Hospital. It will connect to the main hospital and to the Medical Arts Plaza building in several locations, allowing specialists and clinical personnel to easily access both buildings.

"Our administrators, physicians and many others have worked very hard over the last five years to gather the best ideas for delivering cardiac care, and today, construction is underway," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "I remember well when Mother Frances Hospital brought the first heart program to the area in 1983. Building the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital is the crowning achievement of cardiac care, not only for our patients, but for us as proud medical providers."

Many of the best heart hospitals in the country, including the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart and Vascular Hospital at Cleveland Clinic and Indiana Heart Hospital were visited during the five-year planning process.

The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital will utilize the Modified Universal Bed Model, which allows all aspects of pre and post-operative cardiac care to be delivered in one room, including all nursing and technology resources necessary. The resources in the patient's room are flexible and adjustable as the patient's healing progresses. This approach has proven to be easier on the patient rather than following the previous model, which involves taking the patient to different areas on campus for their care.

"Families will like the new approach, because it encourages them to participate in the healing process," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, CEO, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "Instead of having a limited number of hours each day for visiting, in many cases, family members can visit 24-hours-a-day and if they want to spend the night, there are comfortable accommodations in the patient's room."

"The Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital's cardiac team includes some of the nation’s leading cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, cardiac nurses and mid-level providers," said Laura Owen, FACHE, senior vice president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "We are proud of every member of the team and we share their excitement regarding the opening next year."

Since Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler launched the area's first cardiac program 28 years ago, more than 11,000 open heart surgeries, 60,000 cardiac catheterizations, 638,000 cardiac procedures, and hundreds of robotic heart surgeries have been performed. Trinity Mother Frances is also a national center for minimally invasive cardiac surgeries, including coronary artery bypass procedures and valve replacement and repair.

About The Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Mother Frances

Phase One Includes
• 24-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
• 26-bed Cardiac Telemetry Intermediate Care Unit
• 13-bed Vascular Unit
• All private rooms with specialized monitoring equipment in the patient’s room and easily monitored by the clinical staff
• Patient rooms that can allow for 24/7 visitation by family
• Cardiac Observation Unit providing a thorough and faster diagnosis, with 24/7 physician and midlevel coverage
• Comprehensive patient education program
• Committed Respiratory & Physical Therapy/Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
• Highly skilled multi-disciplinary staff that are located closer to the patient’s room
• Modified Universal Patient Rooms to provide all levels of care from admission to discharge in the same room
• Comprehensive discharge plan with follow-up calls by our team the following day
• Improved communication with primary care team
• Concierge level service for patient and family
• Focus on family engagement in the recovery process
• Open visitation policy
• 24 Hour physician coverage
• Unified communication portal for patients, team members, outside referrals
• Midlevel providers
• Incorporation of electronic medical record (EMR) to provide a seamless registration process and access to the patient’s information by all caregivers in all settings

Three da Vinci® robotic surgical systems provide the most advanced minimally invasive technology in the world and TMF surgeons are leaders in this pioneering surgical technique that reduces pain and promotes shorter recovery time and faster healing.

The state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs allow for sharper pictures of the heart while minimizing patient and staff exposure to X-ray radiation.

An affiliation with the experienced and skilled cardiologists of Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC) ensures that patients receive care from highly trained specialists in electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization and other non-invasive diagnoses and treatments. The physicians of CVC are nationally recognized leaders in research on new devices and medications that are continually advancing care for cardiac patients.

Phase Two Will Include:

• Three floors with 72 ICU-capable patient rooms dedicated exclusively to cardiac patients and designed to provide all levels of care, from admission through discharge
• New dedicated cardiac and thoracic OR suites, with ability to expand to more rooms as technology changes
• On-site Cardiac Rehabilitation Center
• Inpatient and Outpatient Cardiac Diagnostics
• Conference Center for community events and heart screenings
• Separate entry and driveway accessible from East Dawson Street with valet parking and patient assistance available
• Connectivity at all times to the Ornelas Tower of Mother Frances Hospital to allow for access to other hospital based services
• Spacious multi-level lobby with amenities including gift shop and dining
• Meditation Room/Chapel to meet spiritual needs of patients, families and caregivers
• Patient and Family Education Center and Resource Center
• A single one-stop registration using a new electronic medical record that supports all in and out patient offices
• Room Service dining

About Heart Care At Trinity Mother Frances

Trinity Mother Frances is the leading provider of heart care in east Texas. More heart procedures are performed at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler than in any other east Texas facility. Trinity Mother Frances is the only facility in the region to provide robotic-assisted heart bypass surgery using the da Vinci System. William F. Turner, Jr., MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Trinity Clinic, has performed more robotic-assisted heart surgeries than all other similar programs in Texas combined.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler (recognized by Thomson Reuters as a 2010 100 Top Hospitals award winner), Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 280 physicians and mid-level providers representing 38 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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