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Missoula Heart Expo Features Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital Team

February 14, 2017

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Missoula, MT—The team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, imaging specialists, nurses and researchers from the International Heart Institute of Montana and Providence St. Patrick Hospital will provide free public lectures on the latest advances in treating heart disease at the 2017 Heart Expo on Saturday, February 25. The lectures begin at 8 a.m. at the Broadway Building Conference Center at 500 West Broadway. This year’s theme is “Caring for Your Heart – Shaping the Future Today: The Structural Heart Program at IHI.”

From 7-11 a.m., participants can also receive a blood screen (lipids and glucose) for $5. Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests are available for $10 and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) tests are available for $10. Payment is by cash or check only. For the most accurate results, individuals are asked not to do eat or drink anything 12 hours before the tests. Refreshments follow the test. In addition, there will be displays and information booths on the many ways to stay heart healthy.

“Each year, this event welcomes nearly 1,000 Western Montanans who are looking to take a more active role in educating themselves and getting up to speed on the latest treatment and prevention options,” says Tim Descamps, executive director of the International Heart Institute Foundation.

The Heart Expo is also an excellent opportunity to meet the award-winning cardiac team at the International Heart Institute of Montana and Providence St. Patrick Hospital. This is the tenth time - and the fifth year in a row - that the group has been designated as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics.

For the tenth time - and the fifth year in a row - Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana has been designated as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Nation by Truven Health Analytics.

“Receiving the Top 50 honor is a testament to the incredible work of a multidisciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, quality improvement experts and an entire community of hospital and clinic support staff,” says Joyce Dombrouski, chief operating officer, Providence Western Montana. “This staff and team have continually worked to improve the cardiac care offered to patients in Western Montana. This expertise and commitment to providing the highest quality care translates to better survival rates, faster recovery and fewer complications for the patients we serve.”

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures performance using independent and objective research in key performance areas such as risk-adjusted complications, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost. If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of St. Patrick Hospital:

  • Nearly 9,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 6,000 more heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved

The study singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.

For information about the Heart Expo, please call the International Heart Institute at (406) 329-5668 or visit Montana.Providence.org/HeartExpo.