ProHealth Care and Indiana University Health announced its
partnership Tuesday in a new cardiothoracic surgery program for
“It’s a core
service for us, and we choose to bring a world class
cardiothoracic surgical program to ProHealth, for patients of
ProHealth,” Susan Edwards, chief executive officer of the
medical care group, said at the announcement. “This is a way we
can deliver real value for our patients.”
when the program would launch, Edwards said: “We are absolutely
ready to go.”
IU Health has
one of the country’s largest cardiothoracic surgery programs,
performing more than 1,900 surgeries each year, according to a
news release. The Indiana surgical team cares for patients
facing the most critical medical conditions and the most
complicated heart, lung and vascular procedures.
“IU Health has
one of the largest health groups in Indiana and they provide
cardiothoracic care throughout Indiana,” Edwards said. “They
have the experience of setting up the program in seven or eight
organizations that are similar to ProHealth.”
staff of ProHealth and IU Health are employing the clinical
protocols, care pathways and quality metrics that are the
foundation of IU Health’s program, the release says.
heart surgery program is one of the state’s busiest, with more
than 400 cardiothoracic surgeries performed at Waukesha Memorial
Hospital every year, according to hospital statistics.
enthusiastic about our new partnership with ProHealth Care,”
Dr. Arthur Coffey, medical director of cardiovascular surgery at
IU Health, said. “By combining our knowledge and expertise with
ProHealth’s many strengths, we will achieve great things for
patients in Wisconsin.
we will combine all of our knowledge and experience with
ProHealth Care’s expertise to achieve the best possible outcomes
IU Health and
ProHealth have added new technology to Waukesha Memorial
Hospital that includes transcatheter aortic valve replacement,
or TAVR, a minimally invasive procedure that can benefit some
high-risk patients who suffer from a narrowing of the aortic
valve opening, as well as Maze surgery for treatment of atrial
fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, the release says.
ProHealth conducted a nationwide search last year for a
cardiothoracic surgery partner. It received 20 responses,
narrowed the field to four and chose IU Health, she said.
outstanding program that brings our heart program to a new
level,” Edwards said.