January 24 2022 – Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is now able to offer patients a new technological advancement allowing doctors to see high quality images at low radiation dose levels for those suffering from heart disease.  The Philips Azurion 7 M20 system with Clarity IQ provides high quality imaging, achieving a clearer visibility at low X-ray dose levels for any patient.  Dr. Neerav Shah, chief of cardiology at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, performed the first case.

“This new technology will enable physicians to capture higher quality images at lower radiation doses, directly resulting in safe and quality care for our cardiac and vascular patients,” said Dr. Shah.  “Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center continues to be at the forefront when it comes to cardiac care and this new technology will allow patients to get the quality treatment they need at one of the top heart hospitals in South Florida.”

The Philips Azurion 7 M20 system allows physicians to conduct minimally invasive procedures treating a wide range of cardiac and vascular issues, including:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Thoracic and Aortic Aneurysms
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Structural Heart Disease

“We are proud to be able to offer this new imaging system to our patients, and expand our cardiac services at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center”, said Teresa Urquhart, chief executive officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “Our community has a choice when it comes where they get treated for cardiology, and our hospital continues to show why we are among the very best when it comes to heart care.”

These catheter-based procedures are designed to reduce some of the risks and recovery time inherent in traditional surgical approaches. Among the many benefits of catheter-based interventions include:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision
  • Less visible surgical scarring.

As the first hospital in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery, we continue to be at the forefront when it comes to being the first hospital performing cardiac procedures and the most experienced.

  • More than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations
  • Over 19,000 open heart surgeries
  • Over 700 TAVR’s
  • Over 250 Mitraclips
  • Over 50 convergent procedures
  • Over 200 Watchman procedures

For more information about our services, go to www.pbgmc.com or call 561-622-1411.

About Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center:Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is a 199-bed acute care hospital serving the medical and healthcare needs of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for over 50 years. The hospital was the first in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast to perform open-heart surgery and has since remained one of the area’s leading heart hospitals, having performed over 19,000 open-heart surgeries and more than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations to date.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care and advanced minimally-invasive procedures including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), MitraClip, and Watchman. The hospital is the first in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin County to adopt the minimally invasive convergent approach to treat patients with atrial fibrillation.  The hospital’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program is designed for people recovering from a heart attack, coronary bypass or valve surgery, and angioplasty or stent procedures.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers advanced orthopedic care to our community. Some of the services offered include: total joint replacements for hip, knee and shoulder, sports medicine, arthroscopy, podiatry, fracture management and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation. In 2021, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center utilized the CORI robotic-assisted surgical system to perform knee replacements.

Additional services include an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center, diagnostic imaging, general and robotic surgery, an Epilepsy Program and 24-hour emergency care. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s Emergency Department offers all private rooms and is equipped with technology to help increase patient comfort, reduce wait times and provide up-to-the-minute patient status, as well as immediate access to film-based radiological images, interpretations and related data. The hospital’s Epilepsy Program is the first of its kind in Palm Beach County to have a dedicated Epilepsy Monitoring Unit that is equipped with long-term video monitoring, a specialized form of an EEG for patients who suffer from seizures. The hospital acquired the da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System which can be used across a spectrum of minimally-invasive procedures such as cardiovascular, colorectal, general surgery, gynecology, urology and more.

The hospital was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus from 2015 – 2021, and also was named a High Performance Hospital for COPD and stroke in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021-2022 Best Hospitals. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center was also named as the best heart center in Palm County from the Palm Beach Post 2020 Best of Palm Beach County Awards. For more information or for a complimentary physician referral, please call (833)-619-8831 or visit www.pbgmc.com.