Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Columbia University Medical Center Partner to Provide Leading Edge Heart Care

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The affiliation with Columbia’s Division of Cardiac Surgery, ranked sixth in the nation for cardiovascular care by U.S. News & World Report, gives Sarasota Memorial and its physicians 24/7 access to the cardiac surgery faculty and researchers at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons medical school for case consultation, as well as the latest teaching, research initiatives and clinical trials under way
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  Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Columbia University Medical CenterPartner to Provide Leading Edge Heart Care The affiliation with Columbia’s Division of Cardiac Surgery, ranked sixth in the nation for cardiovascular care by U.S. News & World Report, gives Sarasota Memorial and its physicians24/7 access to the cardiac surgery faculty and researchers at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons medical school for case consultation, as well as the latest teaching,research initiatives and clinical trials under way in the academic setting. Tampa, FL, March 29, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has been consistentlyrecognized among the nation's best hospitals for cardiac care. Just last week, it was once again rankedamong America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, with 5-star ratings in heart care and more than 20other specialties.New York's Columbia University Medical Center has long been ranked among the best academic medicalschools and cardiovascular teaching programs in the nation.Today, officials from the two top heart programs announced a strategic collaboration to make heart careeven better for those living in Southwest Florida.“This collaboration brings together the best of both worlds - one of the nation's top academic medicalcenters and one of the nation's best community hospitals,” said Ricardo Yaryura, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial's cardiology services.“Sarasota Memorial has exceptionally trained and experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons,” headded. “The collaborative training opportunities will allow us to further build our program and accelerateSarasota Memorial's ability to pioneer new technology and provide local patients and physicians with thelatest innovations and treatment options in cardiac care.”The affiliation with Columbia's Division of Cardiac Surgery, ranked sixth in the nation for cardiovascularcare by U.S. News & World Report, gives Sarasota Memorial and its physicians 24/7 access to thecardiac surgery faculty and researchers at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeonsmedical school for case consultation, as well as the latest teaching, research initiatives and clinical trialsunder way in the academic setting.“We are proud to align ourselves with Sarasota Memorial, and share our academic strengths, training andresearch initiatives with an already top-notch cardiac team,” said Craig Smith, MD, chairman of Columbia's Department of Surgery. “The collaboration will combine the strengths of both programs toensure patients have access to state-of-the-art technology and research and receive outstanding cardiaccare.”Benefits of the collaboration include: Page 1/4PR.com Press Release DistributionTerms of Use  - 24/7 access to Columbia's cardiac surgery faculty and researchers for case consultation.- Accelerated access to new cardiac devices and therapies, including the latest minimally invasive andpercutaneous treatment options.- Participation in research initiatives and clinical trials under way in the academic setting. SarasotaMemorial physicians also will have the opportunity to receive Columbia faculty appointments.- Greater visibility as the hospital recruits top-notch physicians and clinical leaders to the region.- Coordinated access to Columbia Medical Center in New York for patients who need procedures notroutinely performed at Sarasota Memorial, such as pediatric heart surgery and heart transplants.The collaboration was announced as Sarasota Memorial pursues some of the latest advances in cardiaccare. Later this year, the hospital will open a new hybrid OR-cardiac catheterization lab, thanks to a grantfrom Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. The state-of-the-art procedure room will allowcardiologists and cardiac surgeons to perform complex procedures simultaneously, so heart patients whoneed more than one surgery don't have to go through multiple procedures and recovery periods. Columbiahad the first dual-trained surgeon in both cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology, and has anestablished hybrid surgery program and protocols with outstanding clinical outcomes and lowco-morbidities. Sarasota Memorial and its physicians will benefit from shared resources and one of thebest training programs in the nation.Similarly, the hospital is opening a new Valve Center in the coming months to offer the latest tests andtreatments - including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR - for patientswith severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart valves). The procedure is used to replace high-risk patients' diseased aortic valve without heart bypass or open-heart surgery. Columbia's experience with itsown well-established Valve Clinic can guide Sarasota Memorial's efforts as the local program evolves.“This relationship presents wonderful learning opportunities for everyone involved,” said SarasotaMemorial CEO Gwen MacKenzie. “With Columbia at our side, we've gained a study partner at the top of its class, with skills and experience that complement and augment our own - and most importantly, onethat shares our commitment to bring the benefits of academic medicine to the people of our community.”About Sarasota Memorial Health Care SystemSarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida's greatestbreadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800,000 patientvisits a year. Sarasota Memorial's 806-bed acute care hospital has ranked among the top 1% of thenation's 5,000-plus hospitals for consistent clinical excellence in HealthGrades' annual studies since theaward's inception in 2007. To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must achieve the lowestrisk-adjusted mortality and complication rates in the nation for the most consecutive years. Forinformation, visit: www.smh.com Page 2/4PR.com Press Release DistributionTerms of Use  About Columbia University Medical CenterColumbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical, and clinicalresearch; in medical and health sciences education; and in patient care. The medical center trains futureleaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals,dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, theCollege of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate Schoolof Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia's Collegeof Physicians and Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is amongthe most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to thelargest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest in the United States.For more information, please visit www.cumc.columbia.edu Page 3/4PR.com Press Release DistributionTerms of Use  Contact Information: Sarasota Memorial Health Care SystemKim Savage(941) 917-6271Contact via Email www.smh.com Online Version of Press Release: You can read the online version of this press release at:http://www.pr.com/press-release/402069 News Image: Page 4/4PR.com Press Release DistributionTerms of Use
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