November 20, 2017 — On Nov. 15, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano completed its 1,000th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was a pioneer in the development of TAVR. Read the article on this achievement »
August 8, 2017 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has moved up in the
U.S. News & World Report's 28th Annual Best Hospitals rankings released August 8, 2017. The hospital is now ranked 16th in the nation in "Cardiology & Heart Surgery" and rated "High Performing" in five Adult Procedures/Conditions: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, and Lung Cancer Surgery.
Read the full story on our ranking »
August 8, 2017 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano performed their 50th
WATCHMAN™ procedure on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Earlier this year, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was among the first hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth to offer the WATCHMAN procedure as an alternative to long-term warfarin medication. This achievement represents significant growth of the Left Atrial Appendage Management Program.
"We have successfully created a true multidisciplinary team of electrophysiologists and cardiologists on the medical staff, along with nurses and support staff, all of whom are active participants in the management of our patients," says J. Brian DeVille, MD, East Medical Director for Electrophysiology - BSWH. "Rather than just rush to do as many procedures as possible, we have chosen to deliberately develop a comprehensive program to address the needs of our patients who will benefit from this technique." In addition to the commercially available WATCHMAN device, The Heart Hospital also offers left atrial appendage ligation using percutaneous and surgical approaches.
"Our team is pleased that we have met our first year program goals," said Dr. DeVille. "We look forward to also achieving our future goals, including education and
research in this rapidly advancing field."
To learn more about left appendage management or the WATCHMAN procedure, call 469.814.4864.
August 7, 2017 — Patients with severe mitral annual calcification, a condition where calcium builds up in the valve's ring causing it to be thick and inflexible, are often told surgery isn't an option. The dedicated team at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is working to provide them with hope.
Read the article on new options for mitral valve disease »
May 18, 2017 — Last fall Camden Thrailkill, who's 15 and from near Denton, Texas, suddenly went from a dedicated, promising athlete to a heart patient who was facing surgery that threatened to bench him for good. A fortuitous screening, an innovative robotic procedure and unwavering determination put Camden back on the field in remarkable time. Read the full story about Camden from the American Heart Association »
January 13, 2017 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is expanding its footprint in Plano, Texas, with a new $100 million North Tower. The project, which broke ground in 2016 and is slated for completion in 2018, will add 164,765 square feet of space.
Read the article on the North Tower expansion »
December 8, 2016 —
Becker's Hospital Review has published their list of hospitals with the lowest 30-day heart mortality rates, according to data from CMS. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was ranked with a 30-day heart attack mortality rate of 11.5 percent. The national average is 14.1 percent. The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare website and represent data from July 2012 through June 2015, the most recent information available.
Read the Becker's Hospital Review article »
November 24, 2016 — When was the last time you had a preventative check-up? Many men and women wait until they have severe symptoms to see their primary care physician or cardiologist. In "Be a man — go to the doctor," Dr. William Brinkman, MD, cardiologist on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, discusses the stigma associated with preventative care and men's health in an article published by the
Plano Star Courier.
Read the full newspaper article »
November 15, 2016 — Press Ganey, the health care industry leader in helping clients transform the patient experience and create continuous, sustainable improvement, has recognized The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (THHBP) with two national awards for outstanding patient satisfaction during Press Ganey's recent annual National Client Conference at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL.
THHBP received Press Ganey's Pinnacle of Excellence Award® which is given to the top three performing organizations by category on the basis of extraordinary achievement. The award recognizes organizations who have maintained consistently high levels of excellence over three years in patient experience, employee engagement, physician engagement or clinical quality performance.
Press Ganey also recognized THHBP with its Guardian of Excellence Award® which honors Press Ganey clients who have reached the 95th percentile for patient experience, employee or physician engagement, or clinical quality performance — awarded annually based on one year of data.
The National Client Conference attracted nearly 3,000 health care executives, physicians, nurses and other professionals from across the country. The theme, Transforming Care: The Future in Focus challenges health care organizations to think innovatively to advance the safety, quality and experience of care.
Congratulations to everyone for another outstanding experience at the annual National Client Conference.
Tony Taddeo is 91-years-old and it was after having an episode of severe chest pain that doctors discovered he had a faulty heart valve. He’s recovered after having a no-incision valve replacement, and now he’s back to running.
Here are some links to news stories about Tony and his 5K victory:
WFAA-TV Dallas (TX) – News at 6PM
KTVT-TV Dallas (TX)
KVUE-TV Austin (TX) – Daybreak
September 29, 2016 — World Heart Day on 29 September is the World Heart Federation’s (and the world’s!) biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD). Read more about World Heart Day »
August 5, 2016 — Tony Taddeo and cardiac surgeon Michael Mack are not a typical pair of running buddies.
One is a 91-year-old with a new aortic heart valve, and the other is the doctor who arranged the surgery and supervised the treatment that got the nonagenarian jogger back on the track.
Read the full article on Tony Taddeo »
August 2, 2016 —
U.S. News & World Report has for the first time ranked The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in its 27th annual Best Hospitals rankings released August 2, 2016. The hospital is ranked 18th in the nation in "Cardiology & Heart Surgery" and rated "High Performing" in five Adult Procedures/Conditions: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, and Lung Cancer Surgery.
A hospital's overall "Cardiology & Heart Surgery" score is based on various data categories, including Survival, Patient Safety, Public Transparency (whether the hospital submits information to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology and agrees to have the results posted publicly), Number of Patients (high-risk Medical inpatients in 2012, 2013, and 2014 in selected specialty-related procedures and diagnoses), Nurse Staffing, Nurse Magnet Status, Advanced Technologies, Patient Services (cardiac rehabilitation and hospice), Trauma Center (N/A), Intensivists, and Reputation with Specialists. The 50 top-scoring hospitals are nationally ranked.
The 27th annual Best Hospital rankings recognize 153 hospitals for their performance and reputation across 16 adult medical specialties. The
U.S. News & World Report analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures, and conditions.
July 29, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has earned the highest rating - five stars - in the first-ever Overall Hospital Quality Ratings released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Of the 3,662 U.S. hospitals eligible for a rating, only 102 earned five stars. Of the 276 hospitals rated in Texas, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is one of only 13 hospitals to earn the highest rating. Within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, just four hospitals earned the five-star rating, two of which are part of Baylor Scott & White Health: Baylor Medical Center at Uptown in Dallas and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. The other two hospitals are Texas Health's Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth and North Central Surgical Center in Dallas.
CMS rates hospitals on a variety of factors, including timeliness of care, complication and infection rates, patient satisfaction, and the likelihood a patient will have to be readmitted within 30 days of being discharged home. CMS has been rating health care organizations on these individual aspects, but the Overall Hospital Quality Ratings are based on 64 quality measures already reported on the CMS Hospital Compare website.
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton were recently honored with five-star ratings - the only five-star ratings in their respective markets - for "Patients' Experiences" from CMS Hospital Compare. Of the 3,544 hospitals and health care facilities nationally that were rated, only 168 received the five-star rating, placing The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton in the top five percent of hospitals in the United States in this category.
July 6, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has been recognized as one of the nation's "Top 55 hospitals patients would definitely recommend" by
Becker's Hospital Review.
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano earned a rating of 93 percent compared to the national average of 71 percent.
View the full list on the Becker's website »
Data was pulled from the CMS' Hospital Compare website and is based on survey responses between July 2014 and June 2015, the most recent information available. Results are based on hospitals that had 91 percent or more of their patients reporting yes, they would definitely recommend this hospital in their HCAHPS Survey.
July 5, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano started work on a 150,000-square-foot expansion in mid-May that, when complete, will feature a new five-story tower complete with a 200-seat auditorium and twice the number of private outpatient beds.
The project is expected to be complete in May 2018. This is the fifth expansion for the hospital, which opened in January 2007.
The expansion will also include quadrupling the size of the hospital's cardiac rehab department to add more exercise space, equipment and consultation areas.
Read Community Impact Newspaper's full article »
June 30, 2016 — Joel T. Allison, president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, visited The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano this week as part of his farewell tour to entities throughout the System. Joel attended a reception at the hospital and thanked our employees for consistently providing safe, quality and compassionate care to our patients. Joel will be retiring from his current system role in February 2017.
Pictured left to right are Mark A. Valentine, president of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton, Joel T. Allison, president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, and David Brown, MD, medical director of interventional cardiology and president of medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.
June 15, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has received the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the most deadly type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it's critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program's goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is recognized for having an 85 percent composite adherence and at least 24 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.
Read the full article on the award »
June 6, 2016 — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released their latest Hospital Compare star ratings of the nation’s 3,544 hospitals and health care facilities and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton each received five star ratings for “Patients’ Experiences” – the highest score possible. Ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) measures included in Hospital Compare.
The two hospitals are the only two health care facilities within Baylor Scott & White Health care system to earn the coveted five star rating for “Patients’ Experiences.” Additionally, each hospital is the only hospital in its respective market to earn the highest rating possible. Of the nation’s 3,544 hospitals and health care facilities evaluated in the latest CMS Hospital Compare analysis, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton are two of only 168 entities that received five star ratings, ranking both hospitals in the top five percent in the United States.
“This recognition by CMS confirms that the synergy created by rigorously trained cardiovascular physicians, our clinical and non-clinical staff, care environment, medical excellence and our signature five star service results in safe, quality, compassionate care and a memorable guest experience,” said Mark A. Valentine, president, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton.
June 3, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has launched a $100 million expansion that will add a new tower to the 116-bed hospital, bringing another 56 beds, a 200-seat auditorium, and a revamped space for research.
Read the full article on our expansion »
May 31, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano has been named one of only 12 hospitals in the United States to earn The Society of Thoracic Surgeons three-star rating in all three categories: isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) and aortic valve replacement plus coronary artery bypass grafting (AVR+CABG).
"The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiovascular surgery among hospitals across the country. During this most recent period, 1,017 facilities were ranked," said Michael J. Mack, MD, medical director, cardiovascular service line and chair, Cardiovascular Governance Council, Baylor Scott & White Health.
A three-star rating is the highest achievable recognition and those three procedural groupings are the only ones where such ratings are awarded. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons awards rankings for fiscal year and calendar year periods. This most recent three-star ranking in all three categories is especially meaningful because it's the second year in a row the hospital earned the same three-star ratings. "This is a true accomplishment," said Dr. Mack.
Read the full article on the STS ratings »
May 2, 2016 — Dr. Bruce Lytle helped the Cleveland Clinic build the best heart program in the U.S. Now, he's trying again.
Read D Magazine's full article »
April 4, 2016 — Michael Mack, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and Chair, Cardiovascular Service Line, Baylor Scott & White Health, is a contributing author for a study regarding post-operative atrial fibrillation and two common treatments - Rate Control and Rhythm Control.
Read the full article on Dr. Mack »
January 29, 2016 — Dr. Bruce Lytle, the cardiac surgeon who launched the Cleveland Clinic's world-renowned Heart & Vascular Institute in 2007, has accepted a new job at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. The news comes as the Society of Thoracic Surgeons again awarded the hospital with its highest rating in all three of its quality categories, placing it in the top 1.1 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.
Read the full news release on Dr. Lytle »
January 28, 2016 — Only 26 years old, world-ranked amateur triathlete Kearci Jobe Smith is an inspiration to many, both in her profession and in the sports scene. As an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiopulmonary Rehab at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Kearci coaches patients with heart and chronic lung disease back to health.
Read more about Kearci's story »
January 15, 2016 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano will begin 2016 with a three-star quality rating, the highest rating possible, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR), and aortic valve replacement surgery + coronary artery bypass graft surgery (AVR + CABG).
Only one percent – 11 facilities – of the 1,013 cardiac surgery programs in the United States included in this analysis and ranking received three stars in all three categories ranked, based on STS quality methodology.
The STS three-star rating is recognized as the pinnacle for a cardiovascular program. The latest ratings acknowledge the hard work and diligence of the multidisciplinary team that strives to consistently deliver the highest quality surgical care. This results in impressive patient outcomes and reinforces The Heart Hospital's reputation as a national leader in cardiovascular care.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research and advocacy. Their system analyzes many different national cardiac surgical data categories on a yearly basis to determine which hospitals meet its stringent qualifications for the three star rating. This data includes avoidance of mortality, avoidance of major complications, use of arteries as bypass grafts and assuring that all appropriate medications are given pre- and post-operatively in all patients undergoing CABG and AVR procedures.
THHBP's top ratings in CABG were measured in the reporting period of fiscal year 2015. The measurement period for AVR and AVR+CABG spans three fiscal years from July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015.
Congratulations to the heart surgeons, clinical staff and non-clinical support teams for working together to make this outstanding triple three-star rating possible!
December 21, 2015 — Baylor Scott & White Health's three heart hospitals received major patient satisfaction awards from Press Ganey Associates, Inc., a national consulting firm specializing in health care performance. All three received the Guardian of Excellence Award ™ .
Read the full news release on the Press Ganey Award »
December 15, 2015
— The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was designated as a Magnet organization in 2011 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® . This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In January 2016, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is applying for redesignation.
Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail, fax, and direct mail.
All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing.
Your comments are confidential and never shared with the facility. If you choose, your comments may be anonymous, but must be in writing.
Your comments must be received by Saturday, January 2, 2016, to:
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)Magnet Recognition Program Office8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492Phone: 1.866.588.3301 (toll free)Fax: 301.628.5217E-mail:
October 13, 2015 — Sarah Samaan, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, talks about gender differences in heart attack survivors and why female heart attack patients may be less likely than men to take prescribed medications.
Read more and view the video on atrial fibrillation »
July 13, 2015 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Joint ownership with physicians, was recently voted the "Favorite Cardiology Group/Facility" in ADDISON – The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridors' 6th Annual Readers' Choice Awards.
"We are honored to be recognized among an elite group of cardiology groups and facilities in this category. At The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, we are solely dedicated to heart and vascular care, providing safe, quality, compassionate care and five-star service", said Mark A. Valentine, president, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano and The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton.
Other nominees in this category included: Advanced Heart Care, Cardiovascular Consultants of North Texas, HeartPlace and The Heart Group. The nominations were received by readers, and the top nominee finalists will be published in the summer 2015 issue of the publication.
Readers voted online at
www.addisonmagazine.com for their favorites across 84 categories, including Dining, Attractions, Shopping, Medical, Lifestyle and Business. The voting process and the results were tallied and confirmed by McElroy & Company (accounting firm) with more than 12,000+ votes received this year.
Reaching more than 430,000 + per quarter, ADDISON – The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor is a unique combination of a local lifestyle print publication, digital edition, website and E-News Weekly On-Line Edition.
May 20, 2015 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (Joint ownership with physicians) received the highest ratings possible in two categories in a new hospital quality analysis published by U.S. News & World Report. The Heart Hospital received "High Performing" ratings in: Heart Bypass Surgery and Heart Failure (the only two categories applicable to a cardiovascular facility in this analysis).
Read more on the ratings »
April 2, 2015 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano was named today as one of the "54 Best Overall Patient-Rated Hospitals" by
Becker's Hospital Review. Data was pulled from the Hospital Compare website and is based on data from January through December of 2013, the most recent information available. Results are based on hospitals who had 90 percent or more of patients who gave an overall care rating of nine or 10 on their HCAHPS Survey. Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals. You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care.
View the full list on the Becker's website »
April 2, 2015 — The improbable story of how cardiologist David Brown put his trust in a complete stranger. Read the full story on Dr. Brown »
March 16, 2015 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is proud to announce that it has been recognized by
Becker's Hospital Review in the 2015 edition of its 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare in the United States.
Read the full story from Becker's »
January 28, 2015 — Dr. Kim Jett, medical director of thoracic robotics of The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, performed the first surgery of its kind in Texas in late 2014.
Read the full story on Dr. Jett »
December 10, 2014 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano proudly announces the hospital has been named a 2014 Beacon of Excellence AwardSM and Guardian of Excellence AwardSM winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
Read more details on the awards »
September 9, 2014 — For the third time, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano earned three star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, ranking in the top 1.7 percent of all heart surgery programs nationwide.
See more details on the STS ratings »
August 29, 2014 — Two of the largest health care systems in North Texas are aligning with two of the best-known national providers, part of ongoing efforts to improve quality and control the cost of care. Read the Baylor Plano full article »
July 29, 2014 — At 38, Josh Miller didn't think heart disease could be an issue. Yet he experienced chest pain and tightness while installing garage shelves and drove himself to the nearest emergency department.
Read Josh Miller full article »
June 24, 2014 — This impressive percentage has landed The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (THHBP) on Becker's Hospital Review list of the "Top 55 Hospitals Patients Would Definitely Recommend."
Read the full article on the survey »
March 11, 2014 — New research raises concerns about "a huge public health burden."
Read the Afib full article »
February 17, 2014 — The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano is among the top cardiovascular care facilities in the country.
Read the Cardiovascular Care full article »
January 28, 2014 — Surgeons can now replace the aortic valve without performing open-heart surgery. The only challenge: They can't take out the old valve.
Read Michael Mack, MD full article »
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