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.

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