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Recently approved by FDA, the first-of-its-kind dissolving heart stent opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually dissolves in the body
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Mills-Peninsula Health Services, both affiliates of Sutter Health, will be among the first in the country to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option, the Abbott Absorb stent, which literally disappears in the body over time.
Sailesh Shah, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Sutter Medical Center and David Daniels, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Mills-Peninsula will implant patients with the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent. Read More about Sutter Health Introduces First Fully Dissolving Heart Stent
Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Health Services has begun construction of a helipad to replace the one demolished during construction of Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, which opened in May 2011.
Once constructed, the helipad will facilitate transport of critically ill patients and enhance Mills-Peninsula’s participation in the newly-launched Sutter Health medical transport network. Via air ambulance, critically ill patients will be transported more quickly and efficiently – both within the Sutter Health network and outside of it.
The helipad will also help ensure residents continue to have access to emergency care in the event a disaster, such as an earthquake, renders roadways impassable. Read More about Mills-Peninsula Begins Construction of Replacement Helipad
For the sixth year in a row, Mills-Peninsula Health Services has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Stroke Gold Plus award for high-quality stroke care. The award recognizes Mills-Peninsula for treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to AHA/ASA standards of care for at least two consecutive years and achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight stroke quality measures.
The quality measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation – all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Read More about Mills Receives Stroke Care Award
The 15th annual Soul Stroll for Health Walk will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) organize this annual event to raise awareness about good nutrition and physical activity as keys to good health. Read More about Soul Stroll for Health May 21
Image-Guided Atherectomy Device Helps Physicians See Inside Arteries
The Cardiovascular Department at Mills-Peninsula Health Services is one of the first in the United States to offer a new treatment recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide relief for patients suffering from the painful symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or PAD — a condition caused by a build-up of plaque that blocks blood flow in the arteries to the legs and feet.
Dirk Baumann, M.D. and Stephanie Lin, M.D., vascular surgeons at Mills-Peninsula, are two of the first physicians in the country using Avinger’s Pantheris™ lumivascular atherectomy system, the first-ever, image-guided atherectomy device for the treatment of PAD.
In November 2015, Mills-Peninsula’s Emergency Department gained expanded stroke treatment expertise through a new telestroke service collaboration with California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a Sutter Health affiliate in San Francisco.
The telestroke service allows CPMC stroke neurologists to assess stroke patients at Mills-Peninsula in real time through a high-definition video and audio connection. Working in collaboration with a Mills-Peninsula ED physician, a stroke neurologist at CPMC is able to assess the Mills-Peninsula stroke patient, communicate with the patient and the patient’s family, and access all related tests, X-rays and scans. Read More about Mills-Peninsula, CPMC Team Up for Telestroke Service
The Top Performer program recognizes U.S. hospitals for providing quality health care, specifically for excellence in evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain medical conditions. Mills-Peninsula was recognized for excellence in care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and perinatal care.
“Our teams take great pride in providing each patient with the highest quality care,” says Janet Wagner, Mills-Peninsula CEO. “This recognition from The Joint Commission affirms Mills-Peninsula’s dedication to quality and excellence in all we do.” Read More about Mills-Peninsula Named Joint Commission Top Performer