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February 2016 - Volume 12 - Issue 8


Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute Offers Comprehensive Cardiac Care Closer to Home

The last number of years has seen significant increases in the overall quality and availability of healthcare in South Florida. From primary care to the most complex diagnosis and treatment, the region now offers locals many reasons to stay close to home, a claim that couldn’t be made even a generation ago.

This is especially true when it comes to cardiac care. The Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (MCVI), for example, now offer heart patients a ‘one-stop shop’ for advanced care that not only provides extensive services but streamlines the patient experience for ease and comfort. Since its opening last summer, the Total Heart Center at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood has successfully incorporated multidisciplinary teams of specialists to treat cardiac issues that include advanced heart failure, transplants, left ventricular assist device management, echocardiograms, metabolic stress testing, infusion, and pulmonary function testing.
Patients with advanced heart failure now receive individualized care plans and meet their medical teams all at one time, rather than visiting multiple locations and prolonging care. This also allows team members to consult and collaborate in real time to provide patients the most comprehensive care.
“We’ve seen time and again how the ease of access to care from our highly qualified team of cardiac experts enhances the experience for both patients and families and leads to better outcomes,” said MCVI Vice President Michele Slane.
In fact, MCVI has earned many accolades related to the care they provide, including an outstanding three-star rating for patient outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in its National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database analysis. This rating is specifically related to the cardiac surgery program that evaluates metrics associated to isolated Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), isolated valve and CABG and valve combinations.
MCVI Total Heart
The opening of ‘Total Heart’ within the Memorial Healthcare System was the logical next step for MCVI after it hired 21 cardiologists for its Memorial Physician Group – making this group the largest employed cardiology and cardiac surgery team in South Florida. That move cemented the institute’s place as a regional cardiac service provider and expanded services and research to complement existing surgical and transplant programs. Those physicians are now treating patients in clinical cardiology, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, and women’s cardiac health from offices in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, and Aventura.
“The comprehensive adult program we’ve created had been a long-term goal and the fulfillment of a commitment to the community,” said MCVI Medical Director Dr. Richard Perryman. “I’m proud that we’ve not only strengthened the overall cardiology program but also maintained the focus on quality and service for patients and families.”
On the aspect of innovation, many high-risk patients have benefited from minimally invasive procedures such as the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), offered at Memorial for patients who are considered ineligible for a traditional open aortic valve surgery. Eighteen months ago the first adult heart transplant was performed in Broward County, following approval by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). A 51-year-old woman with end-stage heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy underwent the life-saving procedure, performed by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, intensivists, perfusionists, and laboratory medicine experts. Prior to the federal approval from UNOS, statistics showed a large number of South Florida transplant candidates didn’t have access to necessary services and many sought care outside the region and state. MCVI remains focused on preventing, detecting, and treating cardiovascular disease, all while offering a superior level of patient and family-centric care.

For more information about the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, visit or call (855) 400-6284. 

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