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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Palm Beach County offering minimally invasive heart surgery as a treatment option for patients suffering from heart valve disease. Unlike traditional open heart surgery where the breast bone needs to be surgically separated, minimally invasive valve surgery is performed through a small incision between the ribs.

About Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

We would like to take this time to welcome you and thank you for choosing Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

Since opening our doors in 1968, to performing the first open-heart surgery in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in 1983, our 199-bed, advanced tertiary medical center has expanded over the years to offer a full spectrum of healthcare services. Some of our most notable services include our Heart and Vascular Institute, emergency services, orthopedics and joint replacement, Certified Primary Stroke Center, urology, general and robotic surgery, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation services.

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center places a strong emphasis on patient centered care and we are dedicated to optimal health through clinical excellence and unparalleled compassion.

As Palm Beach County grows, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is committed to introducing new services and programs to better serve the community’s needs. We are proud to continue achieving excellence nearly 50 years later. Thank you for entrusting us with your care.

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News & Announcements

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Reaches Milestone of 19,000 Open Heart Surgeries

Feb 7, 2022

Longest running cardiac program in Palm Beach County achieves new personal best!

Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, part of the Palm Beach Health Network, celebrates a major milestone in the history of its cardiac program, as the hospital completes over 19,000 open-heart surgeries. As the first hospital in Palm Beach County to start an open-heart surgery program, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center continues to provide innovative, top quality cardiac care to the community.

“Experience counts, and that’s what this achievement represents as an important part of the growth of our cardiac program for almost 40 years,” said Teresa Urquhart, chief executive officer for Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “When it comes to the heart, we remain focused on advancing the level of care we provide to our patients by adding some of the newest and latest cardiac procedures to our program.”

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center started its open-heart program in 1983, with cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Richard Faro performing the first procedure. Since then, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its cardiac care, and continues to be at the forefront of pioneering some of the latest medical procedures in the area for heart patients.

“This isn’t just our 1000th, 5000th, or even 10,000th heart surgery. It’s our 19,000th, and the success of this program was built upon the experience, skill and dedication of our team to provide the latest cardiac treatments for our patients,” said Dr. Neerav Shah, chief of cardiology at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, and we will continue to be here to bring many more firsts to the communities we serve.”

Other cardiac achievements of the hospital include:

  • More than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations
  • Over 700 TAVR’s
  • Over 275 Mitraclips
  • Over 50 convergent procedures
  • Over 50 minimally invasive cardiac surgeries

For more information about our cardiac services and program, click here or call 561-622-1411.