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Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus Selected as Trial Site for Revolutionary Heart Procedure

The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus has been selected to participate in the Edward Lifesciences PARTNER 3 Low Risk Trial for Transcatheter Aortic Valve replacement (TAVR).

According to hospital officials, “As a participant, the Sierra Campus will be the first in the region to offer this procedure to low risk cardiac patients with severe aortic valve stenosis as a less invasive alternative for aortic valve repair.”

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace the aortic heart valve without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. The Sierra Campus’ role is specifically designed to ensure that underrepresented populations are included in this nation-wide study.

“Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States, killing more people every year than all forms of cancer combined,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Market Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence. “Our goal is to bring new medical advancements to our community, such as the TAVR procedure, which could offer better outcomes for our most high-risk patients.”

TAVR is designed to replace a patient’s diseased native aortic valve without traditional open-heart surgery and while the heart continues to beat. This avoids the need to stop the patient’s heart and connect him or her to a heart-lung machine, which temporarily takes over the function of the heart and the patient’s breathing during surgery (cardiopulmonary bypass).

“I am very proud to be part of the team to bring this exciting technology to Sierra Campus,” said Dr. Venkatachalam Mulukutla, Cardiologist. “I believe that transcatheter valve replacement is one of the greatest technological breakthroughs in the modern medical era, and I am looking forward to participating in this trial to further advance cardiology treatments for patients in this region.”

Severe aortic stenosis is a very serious heart condition. Many patients are not treated because they are deemed inoperable for surgery, have not received a definitive diagnosis or because they delay or decline the procedure for a variety of reasons.

Patients who do not receive an aortic valve replacement (AVR) have no effective, long-term treatment option to prevent or delay their disease progression. Without it, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is life-threatening – studies indicate that 50 percent of patients will not survive more than an average of two years after the onset of symptoms.

Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus Receives ACC Heart Failure Accreditation

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure.

Sierra Campus was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in October 2017 based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

The Sierra Campus is the second hospital in the United States to achieve Heart Failure Accreditation by the ACC under version 3 standards.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.

Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment, and are able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of-stay and hospital readmissions.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Heart Failure Accreditation on Sierra Campus,” said Abraham Joseph, Vice President of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Sierra Campus for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing El Paso area patients with excellent care of heart failure patients.”

Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients.

Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

“This important accreditation is a result of our team’s hard work, and commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care,” said Monica Vargas-Mahar, CEO of Sierra Campus.”  We thank our team for their passion and dedication to our patients and to moving health forward.”

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Sierra Campus access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including heart failure

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