Collaborating to offer the best in cardiac care

As the St. Louis region’s exclusive alliance provider of the nation’s #1 heart hospital, Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, St. Luke’s is nationally recognized for its cardiac care. From its inception, St. Luke’s Heart & Vascular Institute has been instrumental in creating an environment in which patient-focused collaboration and growth are not only endorsed, but thrives.

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The St. Luke’s Heart & Vascular Institute
PICTURED, FIRST ROW, FROM LEFT: Anthony Pearson, MD; Vikram Agarwal, MD; Morton Rinder, MD; Craig Reiss, MD; Ronald Leidenfrost, MD; Maged Haikal, MD; Phillip Copper, MD; Heidi Coco, DO SECOND ROW: Patricia Cole, MD; Jorge Alegre, MD; Daryl Jacobs, MD; Jeremy Leidenfrost, MD; Edward Hurley, MD; Chowdary Tarigopula, MD; Allen Soffer, MD; Keelara Gopalan, MD THIRD ROW: Joseph Craft III, MD; Bakr Salem, MD; James Ellison, MD; Tshiswaka Kayembe, MD; Andrea Moyer, MD; William Phillips, MD; Stephen Pieper, MD; Paul Robiolio, MD FOURTH ROW: Jonas Cooper, MD; J. Mauricio Sanchez, MD; Brian Kaebnick, MD; Michael Ryan Reidy, MD; Jackie Grosklos, MD; Clark McKenzie, MD NOT PICTURED: Glenn Davison, MD; Carey Fredman, MD; Narasimha Gondipalli, MD; Siddhesh Gowda, MD; Keith Mankowitz, MD; Ali Mehdirad, MD; Leslie Mezei, MD; David Meyers, MD; Thomas Niesen, MD; William Southworth, MD

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The Heart Health Center
PICTURED, FROM LEFT: Patricia Cole, MD; Stephen Pieper, MD; Allen Soffer, MD; Paul Robiolio, MD; J. Mauricio Sanchez, MD; Clark McKenzie, MD; 
Joseph Craft III, MD; William Southworth, MD; Jackie Grosklos, MD

St. Luke’s grows cardiac services with addition of Heart Health Center

Early 2018 saw the addition of The Heart Health Center cardiology practice to the St. Luke’s Medical Group, helping to further expand the quality and expertise of St. Luke’s cardiac program to meet the growing demand for cardiology services at St. Luke’s and in the communities it serves. The Heart Health Center’s nine physicians specialize in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease, offering care to patients in St. Louis and Farmington.

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STEMI Physician Team
PICTURED STANDING, LEFT: Edward Hurley, MD; Clark McKenzie, MD; Brian Kaebnick, MD; Siddhesh Gowda, MD; SITTING: Morton Rinder, MD

St. Luke’s Hospital achieves Level 1 Designation for heart attack treatment

St. Luke’s also achieved Level I STEMI designation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services this year, which recognizes our ability to quickly and effectively treat the most severe type of heart attack.

A STEMI (ST segment elevation myocardial infarction) occurs when blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. Part of Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System, the Level I STEMI designation specifies St. Luke’s as a heart attack center with specially trained staff available 24 hours a day to treat these medical emergencies. The national goal for treating a patient experiencing a STEMI is 90 minutes from the time they arrive at the hospital. At St. Luke’s, the median time is 47 minutes, which is better than 90 percent of hospitals nationwide.

To achieve the Level I STEMI designation, St. Luke’s multidisciplinary team completed an extensive two-day assessment. The hospital had to demonstrate that it has the providers and resources needed to treat STEMI patients and that its physicians and other members of the healthcare team have met and will continue to meet strict standards of education and proficiency in the latest proven STEMI treatments.

Only St. Louis Hospital to earn the top rating for heart bypass procedures

St. Luke’s was the only St. Louis hospital to earn the top three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures in 2017 based on 2016 data.

The three out of three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places St. Luke’s Hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.

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Exclusive MRI scan offering to adults for non-MRI Conditional Pacemakers and ICDs

St. Luke’s Hospital is the exclusive adult-only hospital in the St. Louis area offering a protocol to scan Non-MRI conditional pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs). This offering allows patients who have pacemaker devices and/ or internal defibrillators (who previously were not able to have MRI scans) to now have this procedure at St. Luke’s Hospital. Most MRI facilities in the area choose not to perform these exams on patients with pacemakers and ICDs.

To meet CARF’s accreditation standards, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital underwent a rigorous peer review evaluation focused on such areas as quality, infection control, risk management and referral sources.

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St. Luke’s expands cardiac rehab services

New and expanded outpatient service facilities on the hospital’s west campus provide a larger, more accommodating space for cardiac rehab services including a gym, classroom, cooking school and cardiac yoga – all in one place. With The Heart Health Center joining St. Luke’s, we have expanded the Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) program to a larger network. St. Luke’s also offers a heart failure exercise program which provides patients an evaluation and individualized exercise prescription with an exercise physiologist and one-on-one sessions with a registered nurse educator and a registered dietitian.

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