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Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute

Summa Health System – Akron Campus:

Summa Health System – Akron Campus was founded in 1892 to provide a place where patients could be treated with compassion, coupled with the best principles of medical practice. From the first accredited radiology department in the country to the first adult open heart surgery in Akron (and one of the first in the country), Summa Health System – Akron Campus has achieved national recognition as a provider of quality, compassionate healthcare. An academic medical center with 14 multispecialty residency program and four fellowship programs, Summa Health System – Akron Campus graduates approximately 80 residents and fellows from its medical education programs each year.A Level 1 Trauma Center, Summa Health System – Akron Campus expanded its emergency department (ED) in 2012. The renovated ED provides more than 100,000 sq. ft. and 76 patient beds and is equipped to serve more than 80,000 patients annually. The ED also offers specialized emergency services for geriatric patients to best treat the area's growing senior population. Summa Health System – Akron Campus is well-known for the advancements in healthcare particularly in geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care, women's health, bariatrics, oncology, orthopedics and cardiology. Summa Health System – Akron Campus is a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Certified Chest Pain Center and a Certified Stroke Center. In addition, Summa Health System – Akron and St. Thomas Campuses were awarded nursing's highest honor - Magnet® recognition - by the American Nurses Credentialing center. Only six percent of hospitals in the United States are recognized as Magnet® hospitals. Summa Health System – Akron Campus employs more than 5,000 individuals and its patients are served by more than 1,200 members of the medical staff. This hospital and other entities of Summa Health System, provide healthcare services to more than 1 million patients each year.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab:

Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute has two dedicated cardiac catheterization labs and one Hybrid OR at Summa Health System – Akron Campus. Our cath lab case volume is approximately 3500 procedures per year. The procedures performed include left and/or right heart catheterizations, coronary angioplasty and PCI, coronary atherectomy, endomyocardial biopsy, temporary pacemaker insertions, valvuloplasty, impella/intra-aortic balloon pump insertions, CTO intervention,  peripheral angiograms and interventional procedures involving peripheral vessels such as carotid, subclavian, renal, iliac femoral and the aorta. Our annual STEMI case volume is well over 300 patients with a door to balloon time of less than 50 minutes. In total we perform 1300 percutaneous coronary interventions annually. In addition, the Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite permits complex procedures to be performed using advanced imaging and surgical technology including complex vascular procedures, percutaneous transaortic valve replacements (TAVR), high risk lead extractions, and convergent procedures. The Hybrid OR opened in 2014.

Hybrid OR:

The Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite combines the functionality of a traditional operating room, a cardiac catheterization lab and an electrophysiology (EP) lab. This allows chest, heart and vascular surgeons the ability to perform multiple procedures together — at the same time.Twice the size of a typical surgical suite in order to accommodate the extra equipment and personnel required by three teams of heart specialists, the hybrid OR also provides an added level of safety for patients during high-risk interventional procedures. When a high-risk patient needs a procedure, a surgical team can be on stand-by, scrubbed and ready to step in and perform open heart surgery should a complication arise.Services that can be provided in a hybrid OR, include: catheter heart valve replacement, stent placement to repair aneurysms and the revascularization of blocked arteries in the arms and legs. When not being utilized for high-risk procedures, the hybrid OR also can be used for other heart and vascular surgical procedures. The Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin Hybrid Operating Room Suite is equipped with the latest in medical imaging, audio and video integration along with a fully integrated health information technology system.

Electrophysiology Lab:

Summa’s EP labs offer a comprehensive electrophysiology program with two fully functional EP labs with biplane fluoroscopy and a state-of-the-art Phillips system installed in 2013. Our team consists of three board certified electrophysiologists, two advanced practice nurses, and experienced RNs and radio-technologists. We perform approximately 1200 cases per year averaging over 600 devices per year including Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT), subcutaneous ICD and placement of injectable loop recorders.  Summa’s EP group was active in the WATCHMAN trial and is now on of 90 centers in the US implantating Watchman left atrial appendage occlusion device. Our electrophysiology studies and radiofrequency ablation procedures include the use of two different real time, three dimensional mapping systems- the St. Jude Ensite and the Biosense Webster Carto systems. Pulmonary Vein Isolation procedure was introduced at Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute in 2013 and approximately 300 patients have now been performed. Our complex and high risk procedures include VT ablations, lead extractions and the Convergent ablation procedures.  We have recently updated to the latest GE Cardio lab system allowing for a full EP data base and structured reporting system.

Coronary Care Unit:

Located in the Ann and David Brennan Critical Care Center, the CCU includes 26 patient beds (94 total beds in Critical Care Center), 24/7 in-house intensivist and 24/7 in-house CCU resident and intern. Our CCU is a high volume center with >2500 patients/year.  The CCU takes care of a wide variety of patients including all STEMI patients, patients in cardiogenic shock, decompensated acute heart failure, VT storm, aortic dissection, high risk pregnancy requiring ICU care, and aortic dissections.  Working closely with the interventionalists, electrophysiologists, CT surgeons, imaging specialists, and vascular surgeons, patients are approached with a multi-disciplinary approach to bring the best solutions for their condition. 

Noninvasive Lab:

Our noninvasive cardiology lab encompasses stress testing (routine stress, stress echo and nuclear testing), TTE and TEE, DCCV, Holter/Event monitoring and scanning and tilt table testing. Our lab is a very high volume center with 9900 TTE and 850 TEE per year.

Pacemaker and Arrhythmia services (Device Clinic):

Summa Pacemaker & Arrhythmia Service’s mission is to provide the highest quality care and enhanced monitoring to patients with cardiac rhythm disorders. The vision is to be recognized as a center of excellence for patients with CIEDs and our service is now viewed nationally and internationally as a best practice in Pacemaker & Arrhythmia Services. The staff are highly trained, experienced device nurses who evaluate 70-90 patients per day with approximately 16,000 patient visits per year.  Fellows interested in device clinic have options to do elective time at the device clinic.

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