SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (September 28, 2017) – Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of the Denise and Prentis Cobb Hale Hybrid Suite/OR at its newly named Takahashi-Suzuki Heart & Vascular Center. The new hybrid suite/OR offers advanced imaging capabilities and is integrated with the hospital’s existing cardiac catheterization lab, allowing surgeons and cardiologists to perform intricate, life-saving procedures 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“With St. Mary’s new state-of-the-art hybrid suite/OR, complex heart procedures are easier to perform with fewer risks and complications for patients,” said Pamela Lindemoen, president of St. Mary’s Medical Center. “We are proud to offer the most advanced technology and highest quality care for heart and vascular patients in a new cutting-edge space.”
The new hybrid suite/OR features a robotic C-arm, which enhances imaging capabilities while reducing radiation exposure for patients. Eight integrated flat screen monitors allow for real-time digital imaging so surgeons can complete a case without having to perform scans ahead of time. The hybrid suite/OR also boasts no-shadow lighting for greater visibility and accuracy.
The versatile and state-of-the-art equipment in the hybrid suite/OR allows the patient to remain in the same room for multiple procedures, reducing the risk of infection or complication. Surgeons, cardiologists, and radiologists work alongside each other to perform procedures on the spot. This can result in fewer and shorter procedures and may help reduce a patient’s length of hospital stay and recovery time.
St. Mary’s has been on the forefront of advancing cardiac medicine. The hospital was among the first in the country to use less-invasive techniques for coronary bypass surgery. St. Mary’s helped pioneer the minimally-invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) procedure and assisted in the refinement of the revolutionary off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB), which eliminates the need for a heart-lung machine and reduces postsurgical neurological complications.
Funding for the hybrid suite/OR was provided through a campaign led by St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation. The Foundation raised more than $6 million through the generous contributions of individuals and organizations. The hybrid suite/OR is named after Denise and Prentis Cobb Hale, who established a $1 million charitable gift annuity at St. Mary’s to honor Remo Morelli, MD, medical director of Cardiac Services, and Pamela Lewis, MD, medical director of the Sister Diane Grassilli Center for Women's Health at St. Mary's Medical Center. The Heart & Vascular Center is named after Henri and Tomoye Takahashi and Martha Suzuki, who bequeathed $2.9 million to St. Mary’s.
About Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center
Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been caring for the people of San Francisco since 1857. Located across from Golden Gate Park, it is the longest continually running hospital in San Francisco. St. Mary’s has been named a 2014 Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for excellence in patient outcomes. For three consecutive years, from 2014 to 2016, St. Mary’s received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades.
St. Mary’s also was recognized as one of the Top 100 Orthopedic Programs nationally by Becker’s Hospital Review and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center offers the full-range of oncology, radiation, and imaging services. Offering the most comprehensive breast imaging services in San Francisco, St. Mary’s has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a recognition that represents the national gold standard. Beyond clinical care, St. Mary's is committed to furthering the healing ministry, and to providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the community we serve. For more information, call (415) 668-1000.
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