KINGSPORT – Dick Warlock, heart No. 8,602, enjoys hosting karaoke parties at his Colonial Heights home. Nathan Hale, heart No. 76, continues his efforts to better Washington County’s education system. And in Big Stone Gap, Va., Tony Trigiani, heart No. 6,353, spends his days writing, playing the piano and bragging about his kids.

All across the region, grateful men and women are living full, active lives thanks to the state-of-the-art cardiac surgery program at Holston Valley Medical Center. The beating of 10,000 hearts pays tribute to the talented physicians and quality medical care the program has provided to the region for more than 20 years.

The James H. Quillen Regional Heart Center at Holston Valley will celebrate its milestone achievement of 10,000 open-heart surgeries Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1-3 p.m. with an open house at the hospital. Former patients, family members and the community are invited to join in the celebration of the Heart Center’s 10,000 success stories.

“We are proud to have brought open-heart surgery to Northeast Tennessee, and we are honored to have enhanced the lives of 10,000 patients through our efforts” said David Sewell, MD. Dr. Sewell and his partners, Richard Feit, MD, Richard Michalik, MD, D. Tyler Greenfield, MD, and Mohammed Imam, MD, of Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery of East Tennessee, bring a combined 85 years’ experience to the Holston Valley cardiac surgery program.

Holston Valley’s Heart Center has long been a regional leader in cardiac surgery. The center performed the region’s first open-heart surgery in 1979 and has performed more cardiac surgeries than any hospital in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia. From the region’s first beating heart bypass surgery to minimally invasive valve replacement and laser transmyocardial revascularization, the cardiac surgery program is on the leading edge of cardiac care.

The milestone of 10,000 open-heart surgeries is particularly impressive, because repeated studies have shown cardiac surgery programs with higher volumes have better patient outcomes.

This is certainly true at Holston Valley, which exceeds regional and national benchmarks in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ cardiac surgery database.

According to the STS database, which encompasses data on 1.5 million cardiac surgical cases, the James H. Quillen Regional Heart Center has a risk-adjusted mortality rate of 2.31 percent, well below the national percentage of 2.77 percent.

The hospital’s risk-adjusted rate of major complications after coronary artery bypass surgery is 6.62 percent, less than half that of the national percentage of 13.74 percent. And the Heart Center’s average length of stay after coronary artery bypass surgery is just 5.73 days as compared to an average of 6.83 days nationwide.

“Patients who undergo surgery at the James H. Quillen Regional Heart Center know their hearts are in the best of hands,” said Holston Valley President Louis Bremer. “I commend our outstanding physicians and compassionate employees for their skill, their commitment and their unwavering dedication to improving the lives of people throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.”


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