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Lee’s Summit Medical Center Introduces Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center

November 01, 2012

Joe Cates, MD, medical director for vascular services at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center
Joe Cates, MD, medical director for vascular services at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center

Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—announces the opening of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center. The full-service center provides Lee’s Summit and surrounding communities with advanced technology and comprehensive care for the surgical treatment of diseases affecting the chest, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs and esophagus. The Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center has 40 physicians to see patients, four of whom are new to the medical staff and are board-certified in general, vascular or thoracic surgery. The center is affiliated with Midwest Heart Care, the area’s only network of five accredited chest pain centers.

“Lee’s Summit Medical Center is pleased to offer advanced surgical therapy for heart and lung patients in the community,” says Lee’s Summit Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza. “Our physicians and surgeons are committed to providing excellent care and treating simple and complex conditions. The addition of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center to the hospital represents an exciting advancement for healthcare in Lee’s Summit and the surrounding communities. It is part of our dedication to offering comprehensive and high-quality services to residents.”

Invasive procedures performed at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center include catheterizations, angioplasty, stents, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Non-invasive procedures include echocardiograms, stress echos, nuclear stress tests, and ECGs. Vascular procedures include axillary bypass, thrombectomy and carotid stents, among others. Thoracic procedures include thoracotomy and bypass grafts.

In September 2012 Lee’s Summit Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations.

This is the second year in a row that Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized as a Top Performer and it is one of only 244 hospitals in the nation that achieved the distinction two years in a row. Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for its achievements on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

In addition, the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association recently named Lee’s Summit Medical Center as an ACTION Registry® Get With The Guidelines Platinum for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients. ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians, Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

“I’m proud to join the medical staff at Lee’s Summit Medical Center and offer additional clinical services there,” says Joe Cates, MD, medical director for vascular services at the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center. “My partners and I are working with an excellent medical staff of physicians and well-trained nurses. We plan to help more patients stay close to home and still receive all the care they need.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (913) 754-2800.

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