Baylor Heart And Vascular Hospital Opens The Valve To Advanced Heart Care
More than a decade ago, the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital (BHVH) opened its doors to exclusively treat patients with cardiovascular disease. Now BHVH’s new Center for Valve Disorders is making that narrow focus on the heart even more detailed by specializing exclusively in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the heart’s valves.
The Center for Valve Disorders, which is based at BHVH on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with any type of structural heart disease or defect. Many BHVH patients travel some distance to receive cardiac care, making a one-stop center more efficient for them.
“The Center for Valve Disorders is a place where patients can receive all evaluations in one location in one trip,” says Nancy Vish, PhD, RN, president and chief nursing officer of BHVH. “All the physicians on the medical staff and cardiac care nurses who work at the center are trained in the treatment of valve disease.”
The Center is comprised of a highly skilled multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and imaging specialists on the BHVH and Baylor University Medical Center medical staff. With the help of advanced technology and techniques, the team provides comprehensive treatment for aortic and mitral valve disease, taking a minimally invasive approach to repairing valves and defects within the heart whenever possible. In some instances, valves can even be replaced through a minimally invasive procedure offered at only a handful of medical centers across the country, which eliminates the need for open-heart surgery. In addition, the Center can provide access to clinical trials.
“Over the past 11 years, we’ve seen the outstanding outcomes that specializing solely on cardiovascular conditions can bring about,” says Vish. “We think that creating this new center just for patients with valve disorders will produce similar results.”
About Baylor Health Care System
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service. Baylor recorded more than 2.8 million patient encounters, $4.1 billion in total operating revenue, $5.3 billion in total assets and $502 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2011 (as reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services). Baylor’s network of more than 300 access points includes 30 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals; joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers; satellite outpatient locations; senior centers and more than 190 HealthTexas Provider Network physician clinics.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community, or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital or Baylor Health Care System