St. Vincent’s Medical Center Performs Fairfield County’s First MitraClip® Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair Procedure

November 17, 2016

Bridgeport, Connecticut—November 15, 2016–--St. Vincent’s Medical Center (SVMC) recently announced that it is the first and only hospital in Fairfield County to perform transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) with the MitraClip® device, a life-saving procedure to repair a diseased mitral valve without open heart surgery.

The SVMC Transcatheter Heart Team uses Abbott MitraClip® to treat patients with symptomatic moderate to severe mitral regurgitation who are considered high or prohibitive risk for open surgery. The team, consisting of cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, echo cardiologists, radiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists, performs the procedure in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab as well as the state-of-the-art hybrid OR. Only a handful of hospitals in the tri-state area perform this procedure.

The TMVR procedure represents another first and another milestone for cardiology at St. Vincent’s,” said Rafael Squitieri, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, St. Vincent’s Medical Center. “These are truly pioneers in their industry who take great pride in giving our patients access to the safest and most advanced procedures available. Providing new hope and quality of life for high risk patients, and their families, is rewarding all around.”

St. Vincent’s was also the first in the area to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR procedure in 2013. “It’s about improving and saving lives,” said St. Vincent’s Interventional Cardiologist Robert Jumper, MD, who led a multidisciplinary team in performing the first minimally invasive TAVR at St. Vincent’s. “Now that the technology is in place to perform a similar minimally invasive procedure for mitral valve repair, patients who are most at risk, especially the frail or elderly, who are not candidates for open heart surgery, have real options.” Dr. Jumper, along with David Lorenz, MD, and Brian Solomon, MD, performed the team’s first TMVR procedure on November 10. 

To inquire about TMVR at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, contact Rodney Seaman, BS, RN, Clinical Coordinator Cardiothoracic Surgery at (203) 337-3403 or rseaman@stvincents.org.

About St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a mission-driven organization committed to delivering personalized, compassionate care for all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those who are most vulnerable. St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, and is at the forefront in patient safety and quality, with a focus on creating holistic, compassionate environments. St. Vincent’s was awarded the Nursing Magnet® Recognition, the highest national award for nursing excellence. In 2013 St. Vincent’s Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, and has been recognized by both the Joint Commission and OSHA as a model of a highly reliable organization dedicated to patient safety. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awarded St. Vincent’s an Outstanding Achievement Award with Accreditation in 2012, and it also has earned its designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer. For more information on programs and services, visit www.stvincents.org. 

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