Medical Center of Aurora August 04, 2016


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Laura Stephens
AVP, Marketing/PR

AURORA, Colo., August 4, 2016 – Physicians at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) have successfully performed the facility’s first two mitral valve repair procedures using the MitraClip® system. TMCA is just the fourth center in Colorado and only the second in the Denver metro area to offer this therapy.

The MitraClip® system is the world’s first transcatheter mitral valve repair therapy.

It provides a proven treatment option for patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) who are too high-risk for open heart surgery and do not have other treatment options available to them.

Mitral Regurgitation is the most common type of heart valve disease, affecting nearly 1 in 10 people aged 75 years and older — approximately 4 million people in the U.S. alone. It is a progressive condition that occurs when the flaps of the heart’s mitral valve do not lose completely, causing blood to flow backward into the left atrium of the heart. This requires the heart to work harder and may raise the risk of irregular heartbeats, stroke, and heart failure, which can be life-threatening. Symptoms of MR include shortness of breath, fatigue, cough, and swelling of the feet or ankles.

With MitraClip® therapy, patients typically experience shorter recovery times and hospital stays, and fewer hospitalizations for heart failure. After the procedure, patients often experience significant improvement in their symptoms of MR as well as enhanced quality of life.

“This is an exciting day for our hospital,” says Dan Miller, TMCA’s President and CEO. “The MitraClip® system will provide our patients with a new, minimally invasive option for mitral valve repair. The addition of this device to our list of services further adds to the strength of our already comprehensive cardiac program.”

The MitraClip® procedures were performed by Jonathan Sherman, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Aurora Denver Cardiology Associates, and Jason Sperling, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates.

To learn more about the MitraClip system and The Medical Center of Aurora, visit

About The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive two-time Magnet designation for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, surgery, orthopedics and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora is comprised of four campuses in Aurora and Centennial, Colo., including the Main Campus, located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi, the North Campus Behavioral Health facility, Centennial Medical Plaza and Saddle Rock ER. The Main Campus facility is a Level II Trauma Center with Primary Stroke Certification and Chest Pain Center accreditation, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor. Licensed for 346 beds, The Medical Center of Aurora was recognized as the #4 hospital in the Denver metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015), and was one of only nine hospitals in the country to receive the Lantern Award for Excellence in Emergency Room Care by the Emergency Nurses Association (2013). The Medical Center of Aurora and its affiliated campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

About HealthONE®

HealthONE® is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees.  As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care.  In addition, our family of services includes six hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.