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Glenwood Regional Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in Region to Complete Groundbreaking New Heart Procedure

February 26, 2019

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) offers new heart surgery option for high-risk aortic stenosis patients

Glenwood Regional Medical Center, a Steward Family Hospital, today announced it is the first hospital in the region to complete groundbreaking transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs). TAVR is an innovative new procedure for cardiac patients who may be high-risk or too sick for traditional open-heart surgery. The procedure uses a catheter to replace a failing heart valve, making it much less invasive than open-heart operations.

“By making investments in new technologies like TAVR, Glenwood Regional Medical Center is continuing to elevate the standard of care and provide a superior patient experience,” noted Dr. Joseph Weinstein, Chief Medical Officer at Steward Health Care. “Steward is proud to offer this service, first in Massachusetts at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, and now in Louisiana at Glenwood Regional Medical Center.”

Dr. Thomas R. Smith, a practicing physician at Glenwood Regional Medical Center, successfully performed the region’s first TAVR procedure at the hospital. Glenwood uses the Edwards SAPIEN 3 Transcatheter heart valve to treat high-risk and intermediate-risk patients with aortic stenosis (AS), one of the most common heart valve diseases. Aortic stenosis impacts more than 2.5 million Americans over the age of 75 annually, and without treatment, the condition is life-threatening. Yet many patients refuse or are denied open-heart surgery, the traditional treatment for aortic stenosis. Compared with open-heart surgery, patients who undergo TAVR spend less time in the hospital and are able to recover more quickly and get back to their everyday activities.

“By using TAVR, we’ll be saving lives and allowing our patients to spend less time in the hospital and more time at home with the families they love,” said Jeremy Tinnerello, president of the Glenwood Regional Medical Center. “We are proud to be bringing this incredibly important procedure to the state of Louisiana.”

In November, Glenwood Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ by the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, which recognizes hospitals’ efforts to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the United States.

Glenwood Regional Medical Center is part of Steward Health Care, the nation’s largest private, for-profit physician-led health care network in the United States, which leverages technology, innovation and care coordination to provide safe and high-quality care in the communities where patients live. Steward Health Care Network, Steward’s network of primary care providers and specialty providers, also operates in Louisiana.

About Glenwood Regional Medical Center
Glenwood Regional Medical Center is a 278-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Monroe, Louisiana. Glenwood offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, rehabilitation services, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly skilled healthcare professionals, Glenwood is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly hospital environment. To learn more go to https://www.glenwoodregional.org.

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, for profit physician led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services. The total number of paneled lives within Steward's integrated care network is projected to reach three million in 2018.

The Steward Health Care Network includes five thousand physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

Additional information is available at www.steward.org