There are thousands of community hospitals throughout the country that boast in their advertising, “world-class care, close to home.” In the case of Welsh Heart Center at Indian River Medical Center, a statement like that is not a boast. It’s a fact.
Welsh Heart Center is consistently ranked as one of the top cardiac surgery programs in America by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, a prestigious group that represents some 5,400 cardiothoracic surgeons worldwide. Our cardiac surgery outcomes earn the highest rating possible—3 stars—from STS, and we are listed on the STS website as one of only five heart programs in Florida ranked in the top 15 percent of cardiac programs in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report rates our clinical partner, Duke Health, as one of the top 10 heart programs in the country—and our medical director of Cardiovascular Surgery Services, Dr. Cary L. Stowe, as one of the nation’s ‘Top Doctors.’
The heart program’s outstanding surgical outcomes have also earned us special designation from BlueCross BlueShield as a Blue Center of Distinction in Cardiovascular Diseases.
More important than the awards and accolades is our mission to provide world-class expertise across the full spectrum of cardiac care. Since the very beginning, Welsh Heart Center consistently achieves some of the best cardiac surgery outcomes in America, and that translates into higher survival rates, better outcomes, fewer complications, lower infection rates, shorter hospital stays and better care for our patients.
Home to one of the top Critical Care Units in the country, Welsh Heart Center also features a Cardiac Step-Down Unit that provides holistic patient-focused care and education for our patients and their families as they prepare to leave the hospital. Our goal is to provide our patients with the help and support they need to get back on their feet and back to the important things in life. That’s patient-focused care. The right heart care. Right here.
Innovation has a home at Indian River Medical Center. Certainly, Welsh Heart Center offers a full spectrum of cardiac services—from diagnosis to treatment, medication management to rehabilitation to wellness. But that’s only part of the story.
The physicians and surgeons at Welsh Heart Center and at Duke University Health System have worked with advanced clinical protocols in treating heart disease for decades. Many of the currently recognized therapies for cardiovascular surgery and care have been defined and developed with their participation along the way, and these advances have helped patients live longer, more fulfilling lives.
Advanced treatment options in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery are not a “someday.” They are here at Welsh Heart Center today. It’s innovation at work. And it’s one more reason why Welsh Heart Center at Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach is one of the best heart hospitals that you’ll find anywhere.
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery: Performed through small incisions using specialty surgical instruments, minimally invasive valve surgery offers a substantially faster recovery with less scaring than traditional methods.
Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS): A minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in the chest. Many procedures, including lobectomies, can be performed using this technique, often resulting in less pain and a faster recovery.
Complex Aortic Surgery: Aortic aneurysms and dissections can be treated using a wide range of surgical techniques. From endograph technology to full circulatory arrest, Welsh Heart Center patients have access to the latest technology and treatments.
Laser Lead Extraction: Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) deliver energy to the heart muscle through wires called leads. A lead extraction is the removal of one or more of these leads from inside the heart. A laser is used to deliver energy to remove scar tissue from the lead so that it may be removed safely.
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