The Beneficiary - St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center
St. Luke's network-wide Heart & Vascular Center offers a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options. From comprehensive medical evaluations to the most advanced technologies and techniques, St. Luke's team approach, personalized care plans and collaboration with primary care physicians defines its status as one of the most well-respected cardiovascular hospitals in the nation. And it's right here...at home. Dorothy wanted nothing more than that...to be home.
St. Luke's has established highly focused areas of special expertise and experience around specific conditions and needs including the Vascular Center, the Heart Valve Center, the Women's Heart Center, the Heart Failure Program, the MI (Myocardial Infarction) Program and the Atrial Fibrillation Center.
Recent state-of-the-art advances at St. Luke's include:
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a highly advanced surgical treatment for aortic valve stenosis
- Development and implementation of the first laser-guided interventional imaging system, the Discovery IGS 730 Hybrid OR from GE Healthcare (St. Luke's was the first hospital in the nation to have this advanced technology)
- Development of a highly advanced lead extraction program to remove damaged or unused pacemaker or ICD wires from inside the heart
- Use of the ventricular assist device to support heart function and blood flow during or after surgery
- Use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to provide both cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose hearts and lungs are so severely diseased or damaged that they can no longer serve their function
Emerging priorities for St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Center include:
- Improving access to care across-the-board for anyone in need of services
- Increasing screening and prevention efforts
- Implementation of a Women's Heart Center lead by a team of three female cardiologists and designed to help women recognize female-pattern heart disease symptoms and reduce their chances of heart disease through a preventative approach to care
50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
St. Luke's University Health Network once again has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Truven Health Analytics (formerly known as Thomson Reuters) is a leading provider of information and solut ions to improve the cost and quality of health care. This is the sixth time St. Luke's has achieved the impressive status of being among the elite, best cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. Previous award years include 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2012. Prior to 2012, the award recognized 100 T op Cardiovascular Hospitals.
Proceeds from the 2014 Charity Ball
Proceeds from the 2014 Charity Ball will be used to advance heart and vascular care provided to our community. Ball funds will be used to:
1. Improve access to heart and vascular care by operating a specially equipped healthcare van that will travel to area nursing homes, assisted living facilities and community venues to provide cardiac and vascular screenings and follow-up care. These services will be especially beneficial to frail and elderly patients who have difficulty accessing care.
2. Expand education and prevention efforts of the St. Luke's Women's Heart Center, a special initiative to encourage women to recognize the symptoms of heart disease and take steps to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Care at the Women's Heart Center is provided by a team of three exceptional female cardiologists who have a passion for the unique and special heart care needs of women.