February 24 2011 - TMF Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital Update

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For Immediate Release

February 24, 2011

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John Moore
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Luncheon and Fashion Show at Willow Brook Held Today

TYLER, TX - Last October, Tyler residents Louis and Peaches Owen gave $18 million to Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler to help construct the area's first freestanding heart hospital. Peaches' own heart surgery a few years ago at Mother Frances emphasized for her the importance of helping women understand that men are not the only ones who get heart disease. Today, Trinity Mother Frances sponsored a women’s luncheon and style show at Willow Brook Country Club to highlight the Owen family's generous gift and help raise awareness for coronary heart disease in women, which is the single leading cause of death in American women.

Three speakers, Neelan S. Doolabh, MD, a heart valve specialist at Trinity Mother Frances; Stan Weiner, MD, an electrophysiologist with TMF and Cardiovascular Consultants; and Deb Taylor, BSN, divisional director of TMF Cardiac Services, delivered Heart Month messages regarding women and heart disease and held question and answer sessions.

"Many women in America don't realize that they have the same likelihood of having heart disease as men do," said Dr. Doolabh. "Because they often do not think heart disease affects women as often, they don't always learn the symptoms of heart disease. Events like the one held today are very important in helping us reach women with the message that prevention is key and reacting quickly when heart problems occur can improve your medical outcomes."

"Today's event allowed Tyler to recognize the Owen family and hear physicians and clinicians who are at the top of their fields deliver several important Heart Month messages," said Laura Owen, FACHE, senior vice president, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. "Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in America. The Owen family's generous donation allows Trinity Mother Frances to build a heart hospital that will be one of the best in the country and expand Tyler's original cardiac program, which began at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler in 1983. We did our homework before moving forward with the construction of this project and when it is finished, I believe that will result in better outcomes and care for patients."

The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Mother Frances Hospital is a two-phase project. Phase One, located in the Ornelas Tower, was completed in December. Construction on Phase Two, a freestanding structure to be located between Saunders Street and South Fleishel Avenue, begins this spring and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

New artist renderings of The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital reveal a sleek, modernistic architecture that will provide a circular drive to the main entrance. The hospital will be seven 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.

Health System officials spent five years researching the best ideas and designs before proceeding with plans to build a heart hospital in Tyler. 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.

A key design in the new hospital is 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 for the highest level of care. As the patient's healing progresses, the resources of the patient’s room flex to meet the needs of the patient, instead of moving the patient to different areas. 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.

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
· A soon to be opened 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

At the heart of The Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital cardiac team are some of the nation’s leading cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, assisted by highly-trained cardiac nurses and mid-level providers who together form most experienced and advanced cardiac program in the region. Since 1983, more than 11,000 open heart surgeries, 60,000 cardiac catheterizations, 638,000 cardiac procedures, and hundreds of robotic heart surgeries have been performed. TMF is a national center for minimally invasive cardiac surgeries, including coronary artery bypass procedures and valve replacement and repair.

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-heart 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.

When Completed Phase Two Will Include:

· Three floors with a total of more than 72 ICU-capable patient rooms dedicated exclusively to cardiac patients and designed to provide all levels of care, from admission through discharge
· Three 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.

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

· 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 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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