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“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
~ Proverbs 4:23

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is home to one of the top cardiac and thoracic surgery programs in the nation according to Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about their healthcare choices.

Healthgrades Rating
A recent Healthgrades study recognized St. Elizabeth Edgewood as one of only 100 programs nationally with 5 stars for quality in Cardiac Surgery. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures from 2009 through 2011. (To read the press release regarding this announcement, please click here.)

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Rating
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. Approximately 12 -15 % of hospitals received the “3-star” rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, the overall heart bypass surgery performance of our hospital was found to lie in this highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3-star rating.

What makes this type of recognition possible is the outstanding care provided by all of our board-certified surgeons.

Our Board-certified Surgeons

*daVinci certified (robotic cardiac and lung) physician

For more information about cardiac robotic surgery, please 
click here to read an article from our Summer 2012 issue of Healthy Neighbors.

Our surgeons provide a variety of cardiovascular surgery options to patients based on their specific need such as:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), the most commonly performed cardiac surgery,
  • Aortic and mitral valve repair,
  • Ascending aorta aneurysm repair and replacement and
  • Robotic cardiac surgery.

These physicians also perform thoracic surgery procedures to repair diseased or injured organs and tissues in the thoracic cavity. The thoracic cavity lies between the neck and the diaphragm, and contains the heart, lungs, esophagus, trachea, pleura, chest wall, and diaphragm. Thoracic surgeries are commonly performed to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and other cancers in that area of the body.

The most common thoracic procedures performed include:

  • Bronchoscopy - a procedure that allows the physician to view and photograph inside the windpipe and lungs.
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) - a recently developed type of surgery that enables doctors to view the inside of the chest cavity through very small incisions. It is used for diagnosing certain pneumonia infections, infections or tumors of the chest wall and treating repeatedly collapsing lungs.
  • Lung resections:
         Wedge resections - a surgical procedure during which the surgeon removes a small, wedge-shaped portion of the lung containing the cancerous cells along with healthy tissue that surrounds the area.
         Pneumonectomy - a surgical procedure in which an entire lung is removed.
         Lobectomy - a surgical procedure performed to remove one of the lobes of the lungs.
  • Thoracotomy - an incision into the chest wall allowing for study, treatment or removal of the lungs or any organs in the chest cavity.
  • Mediastinoscopy - a surgery that allows doctors to view the middle of the chest cavity and to do minor surgery through very small incisions.
  • Mediastinal Lymph Node Dissections - a surgery to remove lymph nodes from between the lungs and to test them for cancer or infection.

The Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery office is located at the St. Elizabeth Edgewood campus in Suite 105 of the Doctor’s Building.  Our surgeons see patients exclusively at St. Elizabeth Edgewood where they can respond to the needs of their patients in a heartbeat.

For more information about the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery group and the services they provide, please contact us at (859) 301-9010.

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