Columbia St. Mary's and ProHealth Care to develop new heart surgery program

Special to The Freeman

March 19, 2013

WAUKESHA – Columbia St. Mary’s and ProHealth Care announced Tuesday that they are developing a new cardiothoracic surgery program to serve patients of both organizations.

The 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 hospitals.