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2021 Heart & Vascular Annual Report

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Cardiothoracic surgery

The cardiothoracic surgery program at Saint Joseph Hospital is one of the highest-rated programs of its kind in the Western United States. With surgery offered at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver and Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, the cardiothoracic surgery program offers a full range of surgical procedures including traditional open, minimally invasive, and transcatheter interventions.

Electrophysiology (EP)

Quality & outcomes

The cardiothoracic surgery program has earned some of the top scores in the Rocky Mountain region, as measured by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide, focused on improving outcomes for heart, lung, and chest-based surgeries.

Saint Joseph Hospital has received an STS rating 1 of three out of three stars in at least one surgical category for each of the past 15 years, making it one of the most consistent and highly rated programs of its kind. And this year, the STS awarded Saint Joseph 3-star ratings for patient care and outcomes in three separate categories: Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery (CABG), Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR), and Mitral Valve Replacement & Repair (MVRR).

Earning three stars in multiple categories is a near-unheard-of achievement, elevating Saint Joseph Hospital to the elite level of heart surgery programs in North America—and in the world.

Convergent procedure for Afib
Convergent procedure for Afib2

Patient identification

The Heart and Vascular Institute specializes in several open-heart surgery procedures ranging from Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) and valve replacement to ASD and PFO closures for congenital heart defects. Cardiothoracic surgery may be necessary to treat severe or chronic heart problems that cannot be addressed with lifestyle changes, medication or nonsurgical procedures, including patients with:

ECMO

Electrophysiology

2021 Heart & Vascular Annual Report for SCL Health, now Intermountain Healthcare.

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