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Hoag Leads with Heart

From innovative, life-saving surgeries to state-of-the-art facilities, to the mostly highly trained and well-respected specialists in the nation, Hoag’s Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute continues to lead the nation in cardiac care.

“People come to Hoag from all over the U.S. for our expertise, cutting-edge medicine and superior outcomes,” said Anthony Caffarelli, M.D., the Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care and director of Hoag Cardiovascular Surgery and Hoag’s Aortic Center. “Our focus on innovation has attracted some of the most talented and renowned specialist in the field of cardiac care.”

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons recently ranked Hoag 3 out of 3 stars for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and aortic valve replacement, a distinction achieved by only the top 1.8% in the nation.

Thanks to donor support, the Carlton Heart & Vascular has always been a leader, building the Nancy & Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center, the West Coast’s first dedicated heart valve center, offering the Elaine & Robert Matranga Aortic Center, Orange County’s first multidisciplinary comprehensive Aortic Center and pioneering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery in Orange County, among many technological firsts.

The hospital is also a leader in diagnosing and treating cardiac arrhythmias of all types, and Hoag’s expert cardiovascular team’s superior patient outcomes rival national figures.

Hoag is home to eight cardiac catheterization labs, including the Sandy & Allan Fainbarg Electrophysiology Catheterization Lab Suite, the first of its kind in Orange County, as well as three dedicated cardiac surgery operating rooms including the Bob & Marjie Bennett Hybrid Cardiovascular Surgical Suite. The ability to diagnose and immediately address issues in the same lab leads to the highest level of efficiency and safety for patients, and among the best outcomes in the nation.

“Being a high-volume institute enables the cardiovascular team at Hoag to achieve a technical skill level not all facilities can match,” said Michael Panutich, M.D., electrophysiologist and cardiology department chair at Hoag. “Our expert medical team is dedicated to correcting cardiac arrhythmias with the most advanced technology available. As a result, the care people in Orange County receive is matched only in the most renowned academic institutions in the nation – and we are able to deliver that care here in our patients’ own backyard.”

The many accolades Hoag has received in cardiac care include:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Hoag high performing in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery & Heart Failure
  • 2019 American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus/Target Heart Failure Award
  • Women's Choice Award® named Hoag as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Heart Care
  • Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program

These recognitions and distinction are a function of Hoag’s commitment to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care, Dr. Caffarelli said: “We are proud that the Hoag team continues to provide the most expert care available to our community."

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