– Columbia St. Mary’s and ProHealth Care announced Tuesday
that they are developing a new cardiothoracic surgery
program to serve patients of both organizations.
program is intended to reduce duplication and deliver
greater value in health care, according to the release.
The two organizations, in collaboration with their
cardiologists, are working with consultants from PwC to
recruit a team of heart surgeons who can meet the highest
standards for quality and service. Top heart programs from
across the country are being invited to submit proposals,
according to the release.
“Working together, we will have the resources and scale
needed to create a top-tier cardiothoracic surgery program,”
said Susan Edwards, chief executive officer of ProHealth
Care, in the release.
The chosen physicians will perform heart surgeries and
provide related services at the ProHealth and Columbia St.
Mary’s hospitals. Columbia St. Mary's and ProHealth Care do
a combined total of about 850 open heart and thoracic
surgeries a year. ProHealth Care performs these surgeries at
Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The Columbia St. Mary's
surgeries are performed at both its east side and Mequon