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Why choose PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute?

Why choose PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute?

Why choose PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute?

The PinnacleHealth CardioVascular Institute provides nationally acclaimed cardiovascular and thoracic care right here in Central Pennsylvania. Our combined experience, leading edge technology and collaborative approach allow us to provide patients with access to the most advanced treatment options, including a range of clinical trials.

From diagnostics and bedside care, to procedures and rehabilitation, our goal is patient-centered care and our focus is on improving and saving lives.

A pioneer in cardiovascular health since 1956, we were the first in the region to perform open heart surgery and the first to perform coronary artery balloon angioplasty. Other “firsts” include the implantation of a drug-eluting coronary stent, percutaneous (minimally invasive) aortic valve procedures (TAVR) and totally endoscopic coronary bypass surgery utilizing the da Vinci® robotic system. 

Our team of specialists has refined care for heart attack patients, which is called door-to-balloon time. At 55 minutes, our Code STEMI response for heart attack patients is well below the national 90-minute average. No other area hospital can make that statement.

Some of our achievements include:

  • The PinnacleHealth Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery team performs more than 1,000 cardiac and thoracic surgical procedures each year, including more than 600 heart bypass surgeries.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has designated our program as three-star -- the highest quality for heart bypass (CABG) surgery, aortic valve replacement (AVR) and combined CABG/AVR outcomes. Only 12-15% of hospitals which submit their data to the STS receive the "3 star" rating, denoting the highest category of quality.
  • According to the Cardiac Surgery Report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), Mubashir Mumtaz, MD, FACS, FACC chief of cardiothoracic surgery at PinnacleHealth, performs the most valve surgeries in the state of Pennsylvania. Based on volume, his colleague, David Loran, MD, is the third top cardiovascular surgeon performing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries in the Commonwealth.
  • PinnacleHealth's cardiologists complete more than 7,400 heart catheterizations, 1,100 coronary interventions and 1,800 heart rhythm (electrophysiology) procedures each year.
  • Each registered nurse in the cardiac operating room has an average of 20 years of experience. Together, they have 225 years of experience combined.

We provide a full continuum of care with services including:

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