Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hopsital has developed an open heart program for the community utilizing the guidelines established by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
Advancements to surgical suites, diagnostic labs, and protocols have been implemented. Furthermore, healthcare staff has received comprehensive, advanced education and cardiovascular surgeons have joined the medical staff all with one common goal in mind - to provide quality cardiovascular care to the community they serve. The first open heart surgery was performed in January.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease continues to be the number one killer in the United States. "The baby boomer population will experience significant growth within the next five years. Enhancing our cardiac services at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is vital to meeting the heath care demands of our community," says Terry Wheeler, CEO at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital.
"Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s open heart surgery program offers Cy-Fair residents quality, hands-on care by their cardiac team without having to travel downtown. As a surgeon who has trained and practiced in the medical center, I see quality care available close to home," says Kitten, Clifford, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon on the medical staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. "Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital implemented comprehensive quality control protocols when developing the open heart program and I am impressed with the hospital’s attention to detail in caring for their patients."
To provide the level of care necessary for open heart patients, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has been undergoing several construction phases designed to enhance its cardiac care. The construction of the new 12-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in March 2005 was designed with the latest cardiovascular advances in mind. Earlier this year Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital opened a new comprehensive Heart Cath Lab and will continue to develop innovative initiatives to better serve the community.
Most recently Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital remodeled and expanded the Emergency Department. The ED increased the number of patient rooms and advanced diagnostic equipment will be added to care for cardiac patients.
Other advances in cardiac care include the installation of new advanced diagnostic equipment including a Nuclear Medicine camera and 64 Slice CT imaging system. The Nuclear Medicine camera is designed to detect embolisms (obstruction of a vessel) and irregular or inadequate blood flow to various tissues. The 64 Slice CT imaging system is designed to offer a non-invasive way for physicians to obtain the information they need to help diagnose disease and life threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain.