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New Stanford program boosts SVMH heart surgeries 35%

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System today announced a 35 percent increase in the number of cardiac surgeries performed at the Hospital since Memorial and Stanford joined forces to create the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The two entities formalized their alliance and launched the new program last October. In the last quarter of 2008, the number of open-heart surgery cases increased significantly over the same period last year.

Dr. Vincent DeFilippi is the medical director of the Stanford Cardiac Surgery Program at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

"Many cases that were going out of the area for treatment at Stanford are now staying here, since people in this region now have access to Stanford and its world-renowned reputation for excellence," DeFilippi said.

The final quarter of 2008 was the busiest in three years for heart surgery at Salinas Valley Memorial. Some of the most dramatic increases came in the area of mitral valve repairs. Dr. DeFilippi's expertise in mitral valve repair and minimally invasive valve surgeries has made him one of the most regionally recognized surgeons for these procedures.

Salinas Valley Memorial pioneered heart care and cardiac surgery on the Central Coast more than 20 years ago with the opening of the Harden Memorial Heart Center in 1987. Since then, physicians have performed tens of thousands of cardiovascular and diagnostic procedures.

In addition to cardiac surgery, Salinas Valley Memorial offers a full continuum of cardiac care, including a strong wellness program that focuses on prevention and education. Several classes and support groups are available to the entire region on issues such as healthy eating, exercise and cardiovascular care. The classes are free of charge.

Information: Health Promotions, 831-759-1890.


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