April 29 2010 - Trinity Mother Frances To Open The Heart Hospital

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2010

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TYLER, TX – A new approach to heart care was unveiled today in Tyler. The opening of The Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances was announced by officials at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. The 'hospital-within-a-hospital' will be located in Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler's Ornelas Tower.

Officials said the continuum of care for heart patients would bring enhanced state-of-the-art new patient care concepts, such as the Universal Bed Model, where patients stay in one room during their hospitalization with the appropriate level of care brought to them. Officials said they expect improved cardiac patient outcomes and shorter hospital stays. Staff training, new medical and Information Technology enhancements begin now with approximately $3 million in construction to be completed in the near future. Renovations are designed to streamline the patient experience and facilitate greater family involvement, as well as upgrades of the very latest technology. Officials said a key change would convert the fourth floor of the Ornelas Tower to a cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) utilizing the Universal Bed Model for heart patient care.

"The previous approach for treating heart patients required transporting patients multiple times during their hospitalization. The old process could take a patient from the Chest Pain Center to the cath lab, to surgery, to recovery, to CICU, to step down and then to a room. Transporting the patient takes more time and slows the healing process. The Heart Hospital changes this by bringing most of what the cardiac patient needs to their bedside or in close proximity," said Trinity Mother Frances Chief of Cardiology, C. Fagg Sanford III, MD, FACC. Dr. Sanford is a physician with Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC).

Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, more than cancer or any other disease. The incidence of cardiovascular disease in east Texas is higher than in other parts of Texas.

"The need for a heart program was evident when I arrived in Tyler in the early '80's," said Lindsey Bradley, FACHE, president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. “Dr. Sanford's collaboration was key to Mother Frances offering the first comprehensive cardiac program, which led to the first heart bypass surgery here in 1983. It is very exciting to see how far we have come. The Heart Hospital is the fruition of many years of researching the best ways to improve cardiac care for the region."

In 2009, officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and the physicians of CVC announced a cardiac affiliation between the two institutions that they say was one of the initial steps that led to The Heart Hospital becoming a reality.

"To make The Heart Hospital a success, it was important to affiliate with the right physician team," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics; Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "During the last three decades, Trinity Mother Frances and CVC have collaborated and grown together in our approach to cardiac care. The Heart Hospital was the next logical step for expanding our efforts and focusing on what is best for our patients."

"Nationally, cardiac care has rapidly improved in the last few years and Trinity Mother Frances has been at the leading edge of changes as they evolve. The Heart Hospital concept is a new approach to how these improvements are delivered," said William F. Turner, Jr., MD, Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery. "As a heart surgeon, I am very pleased to see the continuing commitment Trinity Mother Frances is making to heart patients."

"It is very easy to stay with the status quo, but it is very difficult to make the commitment of time, manpower and funding to take heart care to a level not found anywhere else in the region," said James A. Caccitolo, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery section, Mother Frances Hospital. "I am proud to be part of a team that is leading the way in improving cardiac care for our patients."

"We visited several well-respected medical facilities in the U.S. which have implemented this approach and found that patient recovery rates were significantly improved and satisfaction scores were very high. We kept the best processes we already have in place and added the processes that we felt were beneficial from the locations we visited. The Heart Hospital will improve care and it is what our patients deserve," said Roderick Meese, MD, medical director, Chest Pain Center, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

"The Heart Hospital will bring together excellent medical care and extraordinary customer service for all cardiac patients," said Laura Owen, FACHE, senior vice president, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Cardiovascular Service Line administrator. “The cardiac staff is excited about redesigning processes to deliver patient-centered care at The Heart Hospital." Officials said Community Outreach Programs began last year to bring health and cardiac screenings to patients where they live. The screenings continue throughout the region and include the Framingham Heart Study, which provides patients and their primary care physicians with key information regarding cardiac indicators, which could show the potential for a significant patient cardiac event. The Community Outreach programs are part of the Heart Hospital’s commitment to prevention and early detection which will help save lives. The Heart Hospital's Community Outreach Program Coordinator, Honey Langenbau, can be reached at 903-531-4966.

About Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute
Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute is the leading provider of heart care in east Texas. More heart procedures are performed at Mother Frances Hospital than in any other east Texas facility. Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler recently received full Cycle III accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Center's Accreditation Review Committee.

In addition, Trinity Mother Frances Cardiology Services can claim many notable achievements:
• More than 638,000 cardiac procedures
• More than 13,000 open heart surgeries
• More than 60,000 cardiac catheterizations
• More than 16,000 interventional cardiac stents
• Nearly 12,000 pacemaker/electrophysiology procedures
• More than 200 robotic heart surgeries
• First Intensive Care Unit in east Texas
• First in the region to perform permanent pacemaker implantation
• First open-heart surgery suite in east Texas
• First comprehensive Heart Institute in the region
• One of the first in the U.S. to introduce clot-busting drugs
• First in east Texas with advanced lipid testing
• First in the U.S. with total EKG networking capabilities
• First in east Texas with accredited Chest Pain Center
• First magnetic assisted complex interventional cardiac procedure in the world was performed in the TMF Heart Institute
• First robotic heart bypass surgery in east Texas performed at TMF Heart Institute
• First institution in east Texas with da Vinci, the world's most advanced surgical robotic system
• First in east Texas to implement CODE STEMI protocol for rapid assessment and treatment of heart attack victims with ST-elevation myocardial infarction
• First in east Texas to perform minimally invasive mitral valve repair

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 270 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 34 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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