Cardiac surgery a reality in Springfield.Byline: Tim Christie The Register-Guard
McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center's first open-heart surgery open-heart surgery
Any surgical procedure opening the heart and exposing one or more of its chambers, most often to repair valve disease or correct congenital heart malformations (see congenital heart disease). took place this week, marking the start of a new era of competition for cardiac care in the Eugene-Springfield market.
Cardiologists and heart surgeons had picked a case they believed would be simple and straightforward for the Monday morning operation, but the surgery was unexpectedly complex and took nearly nine hours, hospital spokeswoman Rosie Pryor said Wednesday.
"It was a real trial by fire," she said.
The patient, a 71-year-old Springfield man, is in critical condition, but his condition is improving, Pryor said. The surgeons were Drs. Warren Glover and David Duke David Ernest Duke is a former Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, a candidate in presidential primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties, and former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. , whose practice is owned by PeaceHealth, parent corporation of rival Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Medical Center may refer to:
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anesthesiologist was Dr. Stephen Aufderheide.
McKenzie-Willamette officials had long wanted to get into the heart business, but it wasn't until they merged with Texas-based Triad Hospitals Triad Hospitals is a Fortune 500 company based in Plano, Texas. It operates 54 hospitals in the United States. In February 2007 it received a merger/buyout offer from another company, and then in March 2007 it received a superior merger/buyout offer from Community Health Systems of Inc. in 2003 that they had access to the cash necessary to start such a program.
In December 2004, McKenzie-Willamette opened a $2.2 million cardiac catheterization Cardiac Catheterization Definition
Cardiac catheterization (also called heart catheterization) is a diagnostic procedure which does a comprehensive examination of how the heart and its blood vessels function. laboratory, the first step toward doing heart surgeries. Last year, the hospital built a $5.4 million, 11,700-square-foot cardiac surgery Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart and/or great vessels performed by a cardiac surgeon. Frequently, it is done to treat complications of ischemic heart disease (for example, coronary artery bypass grafting), correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease suite and recovery unit and had hoped to start doing surgeries last fall. But putting the program together and recruiting the professionals required to run the suite took longer than expected, Pryor said.
The Springfield hospital is still trying to straighten out a credentialing issue for a physician assistant who will be supporting the surgeons and patients, she said. Additional surgeries won't be scheduled "until we have the team fully credentialed and ready to go."
The next surgery is likely to be late this month, she said.
The hospital wants to do as many surgeries as it can, because research shows that the more surgeries a hospital does, the better the outcome for patients.
But McKenzie-Willamette will ramp up Ramp Up
To increase a company's operations in anticipation of increased demand.
A company might 'ramp up' operations if they just signed a contract creating substantially more demand for their product.
See also: Demand, Economies of Scale the program only as fast as the cardiologists and surgeons believe is appropriate, Pryor said.
The advent of heart surgery at McKenzie-Willamette means that, for the first time patients in this area will have a choice of hospitals, and there will be competition, for cardiac care.
Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene has been doing heart surgeries since 1971 and does about 700 such operations a year.