Fifth award for surgery from HealthGrades
SANTA ROSA – For the fifth consecutive year, the Sutter Medical Heart and Vascular Center in Santa Rosa has been ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiac surgery, according to HealthGrades, a leading independent health care rating organization.
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Sutter’s cardiac surgery program is also ranked among the top five hospitals in California. It is the only hospital in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Lake, Mendocino and Solano counties to receive this distinction.
As part of HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awards for 2010, Sutter retained its five-star ratings for valve replacement surgery and for the treatment of heart failure for five years and three years in a row, respectively.
HealthGrades, a public company based in Golden, Colo., ranks hospitals and makes awards for multiple procedures and diagnoses. Overall, the North Bay ranks at or near the top on the group's "health outcomes" measure of mortality and quality of life. In California, Marin County was ranked No. 1; Sonoma, No. 9; and Napa, No. 13 of 56.
Completed in 2001, Sutter’s heart center is led by a team of experienced physicians including Dr. Keith Korver, director of cardiac surgery services; Dr. Patrick Coleman, director of cardiac catheterization services; and Dr. Gregory Hopkins, director of cardiology.
These doctors are supported by cardiac nurses and technicians who are available 24 hours a day.
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“This is a remarkable achievement. Over the years we have worked as a team to implement best practices and invest in new technologies and equipment to achieve outstanding outcomes for our patients while providing a continuous level of excellence,” said Mike Purvis, chief administrative officer for Sutter Medical Center.
“It’s all about the passion and commitment of our clinical staff and leaders as they focus on the details throughout the process from prevention to diagnosis, as well as intervention and rehabilitation.”
According to Dr. Korver, “The new techniques we use include minimally invasive surgery, requiring only small incisions, as well as ‘beating heart’ surgery, a procedure that enables surgery without the use of a heart-lung machine.”
These procedures have been shown to lead to faster recovery, reduce hospital stays and can result in fewer post-surgical complications.
“Our heart center is a small, friendly environment where people like to work and take their jobs seriously. It boils down to personal accountability and responsibility. There are 137 hospitals in California that do heart surgery, so for us to be recognized as having a culture of quality and teamwork five years running is significant,” Dr. Korver said.
Sutter’s catheterization labs provide highly advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as coronary angiography, that make vascular intervention possible without open heart surgery in many cases.
The electrophysiology lab employs the most current technology available in Sonoma County for diagnosing and treating problems that cause the heart to beat too slow, too fast or irregularly, often allowing patients to return to active lifestyles much sooner than was possible previously.