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Hoag Completes Expansion of World-Class Cardiovascular Care Center

Building upon its global reputation as a cardiovascular leader, Hoag recently celebrated the grand opening of the Nancy and Bill Thompson Center for Cardiovascular Care at the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart and Vascular Institute. Combining state-of-the-art diagnostic and surgical technology with the best cardiovascular outpatient facilities in the region, Orange County patients find world-class care in one convenient location.

Long recognized as a destination heart center with world-class clinical staff, state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technology, Hoag’s new institute further differentiates the hospital while improving the lives of patients who come to us from all over the world.

The institute offers a number of advances and technologies that are unrivaled in the area, including:
- Three cardiovascular operating rooms, including the Bob & Marjie Bennett Hybrid Cardiovascular OR (CVOR), the first operating room of its kind in Orange County that allows advanced diagnostic imaging and surgical procedures to be performed simultaneously in the same room. The results have been safer treatment, shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries and improved outcomes.

- Five catheterization labs, including the Allan & Sandy Fainbarg Electrophysiology Catheterization Suite which integrates leading-edge clinical and diagnostic technology with personal music selections, lighting and visual displays to enhance the patient’s overall experience while achieving the highest level of efficiency and safety.

- The Robert & Ann McLean South Entrance lobby that provides a single entry point for cardiac patients and visitors, central registration and check-in counter, and a convenient patient tracking electronic board, to provide up-to-the-minute updates on the status of your loved one.

- A 625-square-foot conference room with video conference capability for physician-family meetings; made possible by a donation from Ronnie and Byron Allumbaugh.

- Housed within the new Nancy & Bill Thompson Center for Cardiovascular Care: Nancy & Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center, the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, the Arrhythmia Clinic and non-invasive cardiovascular diagnostics.
The opening of the institute comes two years after Hoag received an unexpected, transformative bequest of $53 million from the estate of Jeffrey M. Carlton, $15 million of which was earmarked for cardiovascular care.

“Because of our generous community of donors we’ve been able to invest and put in some of the latest technology,” said Flynn Andrizzi, president of Hoag Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of Hoag. “We’re doing things that no one else is doing in Orange County, such as heart valve replacement without opening up the chest.”

The institute offers patients access to clinical trials and pioneering procedures – many of which do away with any actually cutting. For example, Hoag is one of the few hospitals in the area to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a specialized minimally invasive procedure that involves snaking a catheter containing a bioprosthetic valve through a tiny incision in the groin up to the patient’s aorta.

“Through the drive of our physicians and the support of our community, Hoag is leading the nation in dramatically improving the way heart and valve surgeries are performed in the United States,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “Unique for a community hospital, Hoag’s programs compare with the nation’s top academic medical centers in providing world-class care to our patients.”

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