Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs,” recognizing outstanding hospitals and cardiology programs in the United States.
Hospitals on the list were chosen for their excellence in heart care and research based on clinical accolades, recognition for quality care and contributions to the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. The Cavanagh Heart Center at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center continues to be recognized as a leading provider of cardiac services and vascular research. The center offers complete diagnosis, treatment and educational services, focusing on highly specialized surgical and minimally invasive heart care treatment, intensive care, telemetry, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiovascular research.
“It’s the hard work of our physicians, nurses and technicians that has earned us this honor,” said Larry Volkmar, chief executive officer of Banner Good Samaritan. “Our facility is dedicated to providing world-class heart care to the Valley through our in-facility and home care services.”
Surgeons at the heart center were some of the first in the nation to implant the left ventricular assist device to treat heart failure in patients not eligible for heart transplants. The hospital’s surgeons are also the only physicians in Phoenix who perform pulmonary artery endarterectomy to treat clot formation in the pulmonary artery. Additionally, heart and vascular researchers at Cavanagh have helped innovate several new technologies, including an implantable device that monitors the heart and alerts patients when a heart attack may be imminent — even with no symptoms. The center is also one of the few hospitals in Arizona to offer a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program for people suffering from severe aortic stenosis.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Banner Good Samaritan and other hospitals on the Becker’s Hospital Review are working to combat this statistic through innovative clinical research, high-quality care and state-of-the-art treatments. These hospitals have also extended their services beyond the confines of their facilities by educating their local communities about heart health, helping sharpen our country’s focus on preventive care and population health.