COLORADO SPRINGS – There are only 14 hospitals in the United States that are designated as a “HeartCARE Center” by the American College of Cardiology. Only one of those 14 hospitals is located in the state of Colorado. On April 18th, 2019, UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs announced it had earned this very elite designation in heart care.
Dr. Peter Walinsky, the senior director of cardiac and vascular surgery at UCHealth Memorial Hospital says, “What this designation means is that we are fortunate to perform very very well in all areas of heart care. From acute heart attacks, to heart failure, to trans-catheter aortic valve replacements, to heart surgery and atrial fibrillation.”
The recognition also means the high quality care doesn’t just happen when there is a heart emergency,explains Dr. Walinsky. “You can be terrific at surgery, but if you don’t take care of the patient afterward, you’re not going to get the results that you need. It’s not just that we do great surgery at UCHealth Memorial, or great heart caths or take great care of patients in the office alone, it’s all those things together.”
Dr. Walinsky also says to provide that kind of complete patient care from beginning to end takes so much more than just talented doctors. “It’s an entire team, and it’s a huge team. Providing this kind of care is a massive undertaking. It’s cardiology, its cardiac surgery, it’s nursing and support staff, it’s everything.”
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