Baptist Heart Services
A Major Provider of Cardiovascular Services
Baptist Memorial Health Care is known for providing top-notch heart care. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis recently received National Research Corporation's Consumer Choice award for its heart care services. Modern Healthcare magazine published the award winners, who received the honor based on surveys conducted with consumers in the hospitals' metropolitan areas. About 130 hospitals nationwide, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and Duke University Medical Center, received this distinction.
The centerpiece of heart care within the Baptist system, the Baptist Heart Institute located within Baptist Memphis is designed to deliver comprehensive services to its patients in the most convenient way possible. The Institute combines all cardiovascular services in one facility to support high-quality care, research, education and data management. A surgery addition, cardiac catheterization labs, a pre and post cardiac patient staging area, cardiopulmonary transplant unit, cardiovascular recovery/cardiovascular intensive care unit, two cardiac medicine units and the cardiac intervention unit are all located within the Institute.
Patients who develop heart problems can rely on Baptist for all their heart care needs. Baptist is the only health care system in the Mid-South that offers the full spectrum of cardiovascular care, from non-invasive cardiology to heart transplantation.
The doctors and nurses who make up Baptist's heart program are experienced health care professionals. Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons on staff at Baptist work with cardiovascular nurses to provide care for a large number of patients every day. They have experience in treating many types of cardiac ailments.
Baptist also believes in treating patients on a continuum of wellness, emphasizing prevention and controlling risk factors. Through rehabilitation facilities, Baptist helps patients evaluate their risk for heart disease, advocates good lifestyle choices and educates patients about heart disease. Baptist provides care for the sick and helps people stop heart disease before it begins.
Baptist Memphis recently became the first hospital in the Mid-South to own a new robotic surgery device called the da Vinci®. The machine allows surgeons to perform open-heart surgery without opening the chest. It has four "arms," one with a camera attached. Surgeons simply make four small incisions in the patient's chest, insert the arms into the incisions and perform the operation.
Because surgeons make only small incisions, patients benefit in a number of ways. Patients experience less pain after surgery and with a shorter recovery time, length of stay in the hospital is decreased.
Baptist also offers the technically advanced, potentially life-saving procedure called HeartScore. The scan takes a series of cross-sectional images of the heart, allowing the detection of even small amounts of calcium in the coronary arteries. The amount and density of the calcium allow the calculation of your calcium score, or HeartScore.
Baptist Community Programs
While Baptist Memorial Health Care is well known for the acute treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease, it also is committed to improving the cardiovascular health of the communities it serves. Baptist utilizes a comprehensive approach of community screening and education programs to inform the public of the risk factors that contribute to heart disease.
Baptist is committed to helping people reduce their risk of cardiac disease. Education is the most vital medicine offered, and it comes in a variety of doses: diet, cholesterol and weight management, stress reduction, smoking cessation, exercise and other lifestyle adjustments that affect the course of one's heart health.
Through contributions by individual donors as well as events like the Cardiac Classic golf tournament, the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation's Heart Fund provides financial support for initiatives that benefit heart patients and their care. So far, the fund has provided thousands of dollars for equipment for heart patients, including the HeartMate® left ventricular assist devices that keep heart transplant patients alive while awaiting donor hearts. It also has helped fund educational programs for a number of Baptist cardiovascular services staff members on topics ranging from patient exercise to heart transplant care. Money donated to the Baptist Heart Fund is earmarked for research, equipment, staff education and other patient-related needs.