Cardiac Care When Minutes Count

April 03, 2014

In life-and-death emergencies, that first hour is crucial.

At Providence Tarzana Medical Center, the emergency team takes that to heart, so to speak, when heart attack victims head to their hospital. These patients go from ambulance to operating room in an average of 54 minutes, a blink of time that includes assessments and testing.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Dale Surowitz, chief executive of Providence Tarzana. “That kind of quick work, that’s what saves lives.”

As a designated STEMI receiving center, ambulances carrying patients hit by the most serious types of heart attack bypass other hospitals to get to Tarzana or its sister hospitals in the Valley, Providence Holy Cross and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Centers.

According to HealthGrades™, the nation’s leading health ratings organization, Tarzana ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiac care. HealthGrades also called Tarzana the best hospital in the San Fernando Valley for bypass surgery. And in a recently released state survey, Providence Tarzana was the best in the state for cardiac care, when risk factors were weighed in.

Providence Tarzana is home to the award-winning San Fernando Valley Heart Institute, where services include cardiac surgery, non-invasive procedures, interventional cardiology such as angioplasty to open clogged arteries, electrophysiology and cardiac rehabilitation.