HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced they have opened a new Valve Clinic for patients with valvular heart disease. The Valve Clinic, which exists within the hospital’s Center for Lung and Heart Health, offers a multidisciplinary team approach to the management of patients with valvular heart disease by involving cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac imaging specialists, and dedicated nurse practitioners in the care process.
“We’re very proud of our cardiac team for their commitment to providing outstanding, high quality care to our cardiac patients,” said Rachel Miles, Chief Nursing Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “The goal of the valve clinic is to ensure that every patient has a personalized and thorough evaluation and is offered the most appropriate procedure that is right for them.”
Once a patient is referred to the clinic, a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon examine them. Dedicated Nurse Practitioners then navigate the patient through the entire process to ensure that the patients have the necessary diagnostic testing completed before presenting the case at the weekly Valve Conference which is attended by Interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and cardiac imaging specialists and the patient’s primary care provider. The course of care for each patient is then determined through a shared decision making process.
“We’re fortunate to have an outstanding cardiac program here at The Medical Center of Aurora,” said board-certified interventional cardiologist Jonathan Sherman, MD, Medical Director of TMCA’s Structural Heart Program. “We have significantly expanded our structural heart program and service offerings over the last few years. We offer everything from open heart surgery to minimally invasive valve replacement as an alternative for patients who are not optimal candidates for traditional open heart surgery. We use evidence based practices and a multidisciplinary approach, which greatly benefits the patient.”
The Medical Center of Aurora’s growing cardiac program offers a number of options for patients with valvular disease including open heart surgery, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), and Mitral Valve Repair (TMVr). The hospital started their TAVR program in 2015 and their Mitral valve program in 2017.
The Medical Center of Aurora offers a full continuum of care for cardiac patients, from prevention and diagnostic testing to surgery and a cardiac rehabilitation program. The facility has an advanced Atrial Fibrillation program and offers the WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, cryoablation, RF ablation, and a number of other treatment options for heart rhythm disorders. The hospital’s cardiac program includes an ACC-accredited Chest Pain Center with Resuscitation and an ACC-accredited Atrial Fibrillation with EPS program.
The Valve Clinic is located at 1421 South Potomac Street, Suite 315. To speak with a member of the Valve Clinic team, please call 303-695-2971.
To learn more about TMCA’s award-winning cardiac care, please visit AuroraMed.com.