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Providence St. Peter Hospital Celebrates Two Decades of Heart Surgery

November 07, 2011

Olympia, Wash. –Over the last two decades Providence St. Peter Regional Heart Center’s skilled cardiologists and surgeons have evolved in stride with new technology to help patients get back on their feet faster.

Quick treatment and recovery separates Providence St. Peter Regional Heart Center from other hospitals locally and across the country. Less than 24 hours after surgery, patients walk out of the critical care unit. The area’s only recovery program of its kind gets patients moving for an early start to healing that ensures the best possible outcomes.

“Since the opening of this heart center 20 years ago, I’ve seen changes in technology that have created a night-and-day difference for patients,” says cardiothoracic surgeon Ronald Quinton, MD. “The fact that patients can walk out the door and get back to their lives just a few days after heart surgery is reason to celebrate.”

Patients benefit in terms of decreased incision size, pain, recovery time and risk of complications. Improved catheter-based interventions and minimally invasive techniques provide surgeons and cardiologists with easier access the heart, reducing the need for maximally invasive surgery for many patients.

Since Providence St. Peter Regional Heart Center opened its doors in November 1991, more than 51,000 cardiac catheterization lab procedures and 8,500 open heart surgeries have been performed—more than any other program in the region.

For more information, visit www.provheart.org

Media Contact: Erin Schwantner, Public Relations Coordinator
360.493.7247 or erin.schwantner@providence.org