December 14 2010 - Phase One of Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital Now Open

For Immediate Release

December 14, 2010

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Construction of Phase Two Estimated To Take 18 Months

TYLER, TX - On October 5, Louis and Peaches Owen made a record philanthropic donation of $18 million to Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler to help construct the area's first stand alone heart hospital. Today, hospital officials unveiled the completion of Phase One of The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, which is located in the Ornelas Tower.

Phase One is a new Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) with twenty-four private rooms for care of cardiac patients. This unit employs the modified universal bed model, allowing all aspects of pre and post-operative cardiac care to be delivered in one room, including all nursing and technology resources necessary for the highest level of care. As patients progress through the healing process, the resources of the patient’s room flex to meet the needs of the patient, rather than asking the patient to move through different units of the hospital. Families are encouraged to participate in the healing process through an environment that facilitates 24-hour visitation and, if patient and family wish, comfortable overnight accommodations for a family member in the patient room.

Officials also announced the naming of the cardiac intensive care unit as the William Powell, MD, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Powell, now retired, was one of the first heart surgeons to practice at Mother Frances Hospital. Mother Frances started the area's first heart program in 1983.

It was because of surgeons like Dr. Powell that Trinity Mother Frances leads heart care in the region today, said Ray Thompson, FACHE, executive vice president for Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Clinics/CEO Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "Naming the CICU is to honor him for his years of dedicated service. We thank him very much for that."

The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Mother Frances Hospital will be completed in two phases. Construction of Phase Two begins in the spring of 2011 and should take 18 months to complete. The Heart 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 in several locations, allowing specialists and clinical personnel to easily access both buildings.

Officials said research was conducted over the last five years to determine how best to design and build the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. Top heart hospitals in the country, including the Sydell and Arnold Miller Heart and Vascular Hospital at Cleveland Clinic and Indiana Heart Hospital were visited.

"We wanted to see what the best in the country were offering and they were generous enough to allow us to visit and learn from their programs," said Ray Thompson. "I am happy to say that Phase One and Phase Two of the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, when completed, will combine to offer patients from east Texas and across the United States, the best that cardiac care can offer.

James Caccitolo, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Trinity Mother Frances, said the new approach to heart care that Phase One now brings is an improvement for patients and the cardiac team.

"Moving patients from their room to other areas of the hospital for care takes valuable time and can delay the process of healing," said Dr. Caccitolo. "By increasing the amount of care at the bed side, it speeds the process for both patient and caregiver.

"The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital truly is a new approach to providing a continuum of cardiac care," said Trinity Mother Frances Chief of Cardiology, C. Fagg Sanford III, MD, FACC. Dr. Sanford is a physician with Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC). We patterned it on a best practice model where a patient's stay is in one location with strong family involvement and the appropriate level of care is brought to the patient. We strongly believe that patient stays will be shorter and outcomes will be better, said Dr. Sanford.

As a heart surgeon that specializes in minimally-invasive heart valve replacement, I value an organization that is committed to providing the tools that I need to help my patients, said Neelan S. Doolabh, MD, a Trinity Clinic cardiac surgeon. I have practiced in many different places, but Trinity Mother Frances is definitely committed to their cardiac team and to their patients.

"Having been part of Trinity Mother Frances' pioneering advances in heart care, including the introduction of robotic heart surgery in east Texas in 2004, I am excited about the comprehensive inpatient and outpatient approach that the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital brings," said William F. Turner, Jr., MD, a Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgeon who, using the da Vinci Robotic System, leads Texas with more robotic heart surgeries than any other heart surgeon.

"Surgery is just part of the overall patient experience and I believe that heart patients here now have access to a unique and proven process."

About The Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Mother Frances
Phase One Includes

• State-of-the-art enhancements of medical and information technology
• Rigorous staff training in most advanced evidence based cardiac care methods
• Construction of the William Powell, MD, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
• Greater family involvement in patient’s recovery
• Patient and Family Education Center for the surgical patient to improve outcomes

Phase Two - Construction of the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital

Now in design, Phase Two will begin construction in Spring 2011, with completion within 18 months. The freestanding six-story structure will be on the campus of Mother Frances Hospital and connected to the areas developed in Phase I of the Heart Hospital, allowing access to the full facilities of the Trinity Mother Frances campus.

The Louis and Peaches Owen Hospital will include:

• Dedicated entry and driveway accessible from East Dawson and Fleishel Streets, with available valet/patient assistance at the front entrance
• Spacious multi-level lobby with amenities including a gift shop and a heart-healthy food outlet, both with a focus on the heart patient
• Conference Center for community education, heart screenings and events
• Patient and Family Education Center and Resource Center
• Meditation Room / Chapel to meet spiritual needs of patients, families and caregivers
• Outpatient Cardiac Diagnostics in one convenient location
• On-site Cardiac Rehabilitation
·New Cardiac Surgery Operating Rooms incorporating the latest technology for open heart, robotic, vascular and limited-access cardiac procedures
• Three floors with a total of 72 ICU patient rooms dedicated exclusively to cardiac patients and designed to provide all levels of care, from admission through discharge
• Patient and Guest Room Service dining
• Upgraded amenities in each patient room to accommodate the needs of the heart patient

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 any other surgeon in Texas.

In addition, Trinity Mother Frances Cardiology Services recognitions include:

• In August 2010, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was named a recipient of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry-Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2010 - one of only 135 hospitals nationwide to do so
• Clinical Achievements in Cardiac Services (HealthGrades) - Five-star rated for Treatment of Heart Failure two years in a row, 2009 and 2010
• Blue Distinction CentersSM for Cardiac Care (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - 2010) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has designated Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler as a Blue Distinction CenterSM for Cardiac Care

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, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 280 providers representing 38 specialties in 44 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit

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