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Presidents Perspective

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014
Jim Brexler, CEO Doylestown Health

Every day at Doylestown Hospital, we witness amazing possibilities becoming realities for our patients.

One such patient, Gloria Lechowicz, an 86-year-old woman, received a new heart valve without having open-heart surgery. This new procedure – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) – was only recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration, and Doylestown Hospital is among the first in the region to offer it. Gloria was among the first patients at Doylestown Hospital to benefit from this transformational procedure. Her story reminds us why we have relentlessly pursued excellence for over 90 years: We are in the health care business, and every patient's story becomes our own.

Another exciting advanced technology is our innovative 3T MRI with ambient experience. We opened this new high-tech and very patient-friendly MRI scanner at the beginning of the year. In addition to providing our physicians with images that allow them to precisely pinpoint and diagnose a patient's problem, this device performs scans in a fraction of the time of previous generations of MRI machines. It also has a wider and shorter bore opening to give patients a little more breathing room. One of its most unique features is the "Ambient Experience" that uses lighting, music and images, enabling patients to control their environment and make selections that help them feel less stressed and more comfortable.

Our physicians utilize high-tech and advanced skills in minimally-invasive procedures for faster recovery. Recently, our cardiac specialists were the first in Pennsylvania to begin implanting a device not much larger than a sewing needle to wirelessly monitor a patient's heart rhythm in real-time. Our new Breast Center builds on the legacy of quality established by our Women's Diagnostic Center to offer rapid assessment and a team approach to detect – and cure – breast cancer.

We're doing all these things for you, but wouldn't it also be helpful if you – the patient – could access your medical records online anytime, anywhere? Well, as of April 1, patients can do that from any computer through our patient portal. You can access lab results, medication lists, discharge instructions, schedule some appointments and more. Visit myHealthDoylestown to register and get access to your health records.

We want you to share in our excitement about these many new accomplishments and advances within our health system.

Jim Brexler

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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