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Monday, January 14, 2013 - Innovative Valve Centers Offer Specialty Cardiovascular Care

The most complex cardiovascular problems are now being treated in Knoxville. Covenant Health is debuting "valve centers" at Parkwest, Fort Sanders Regional, and Methodist Medical Centers. 

“The opening of the valve centers mean that a certain population of patients who used to be referred to places such as Vanderbilt or the Cleveland Clinic can receive their specialty care here,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health executive vice president of hospital operations. Valve centers are staffed by experienced cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and other professional medical staff who are educated in the latest protocols and expertly trained in the latest procedures.

“Patients want better outcomes, fewer complications and higher survival rates.” said Dr. Mike Ayres, cardiologist. The comprehensive coordination of care made possible by the valve centers helps us deliver.” Part of that plan is the $2.2 million "hybrid" operating room which opened in spring at Parkwest. It is used primarily for cardiac and vascular procedures performed by members of Covenant Health medical staffs. A hybrid operating room combines the best of a traditional surgical suite with large imaging equipment such as real- time x-ray and CT in a sterile setting.
 
“Hybrid operating rooms allow surgeons to perform combined open, minimally invasive, image-guided and/or catheter-based procedures in the same OR,” explained cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Chadwick W. Stouffer, who was involved in the design of the hybrid OR for Parkwest, along with Drs. Thomas Pollard, Willard B. Campbell, C. Scott Callicutt, and Christopher Pollock. “If you are facing aortic aneurysm surgery or aortic valve replacement, you may have a less invasive option and a quicker recovery,” 

“The hybrid OR concept is gaining popularity around the nation, although just a few years ago, only large teaching hospitals had them,” said Parkwest CAO Rick Lassiter. “The hybrid OR allows less invasive, endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms in the chest and abdomen via catheters placed in the arteries in the groin.”

“This OR has amenities comparable to Vanderbilt, and our physicians have access to sophisticated stents and other procedures which have been primarily isolated to the Cleveland Clinic,” said Dr. Callicutt, a general/vascular surgeon.

The 1,100-square-foot hybrid operating room will contain a state-of-the-art Toshiba imaging system, as well as the full complement of standard operating room equipment. Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Thomas Pollard said the hybrid OR is about twice the size of a normal operating room and has a separate control room for imaging equipment.

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