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President's Perspective: The Heart of Doylestown Health

President's Perspective |
Jim Brexler, CEO Doylestown Health

The heart serves as an ample metaphor for all good things. When we say a person has a heart of gold, we mean he or she has empathy, kindness, generosity, and love of others.

I often receive heartfelt appreciation from our patients and their families about how they were treated with compassion and caring during a stressful time in their lives.

The heart is central to our experience with others. The heart of Doylestown Health is comprised of dedicated people with important roles in helping people stay well or heal in illness.

It is no coincidence, then, that the actual heart organ plays a prominent role in Doylestown Health’s reputation. Our continuing pursuit of excellence in the delivery of top-quality care placed us among the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S., according to IBM Watson Health. It is the second consecutive year we’ve earned the recognition, and the third time overall. Doylestown Hospital is the only community hospital in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware to receive the acknowledgement for 2020.

While the award is prestigious, being one of the top 50 heart hospitals is something we must prove again and again, day after day.

Here are just a few of the innovative cardiovascular and endovascular procedures that are partly responsible for our national reputation:

  • Doylestown Health completed the 300th TAVR (trans-aortic valve replacement) procedure in 2019 with zero 30-day mortality, far better than the national benchmark. In addition to superlative outcomes, TAVR is a catheter-based procedure that does not require open heart surgery and restores a person’s heart function immediately.
  • In similar minimally-invasive procedures with exceptional outcomes, interventional cardiologists perform a new advanced procedure to treat patent foramen ovale (a congenital condition of the heart), and electrophysicists use cryoablation for the advanced treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib).
  • Our vascular surgeons employ the latest techniques and technology to treat Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a common circulatory program that causes pain in the legs.

As if to put an exclamation point on our quality and innovations, early this year we opened a new heart and vascular wing, the first of three new floors to be finished in the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion. The Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care continues our tradition of superior cardiovascular outcomes into the future.

About Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 232 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.

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