Pasco and Hillsborough, Florida (December 21, 2018) – The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently held a TAVR reunion with many of its TAVR patients. Hospital CEO Sharon Hayes thanked each patient t for coming to celebrate the hospital’s achieving 100 TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) procedures. Ms. Hayes pointed out that when it first opened just a little more than a year ago, the projection was to perform less than 50 procedures per year and at the time of the reunion 121 TAVRs had been performed.
“We’re very proud of the TAVR program and the many milestones throughout the years and many milestones to come,” said Sharon Hayes. During the celebration Keshav Ramireddy, MD, Medical Director of the TAVR program, said, “On behalf of my TAVR team I would like to thank each and every one of you for trusting Bayonet Point Hospital for your cardiovascular care. Things are happening rapidly in the field of cardiology and we’re not done yet.”
Vivian Maynes, Heart Valve Navigator, introduced several patients who shared their stories. One patient referred to Vivian Maynes as “the sweetest lady I ever met.” He stated, “I speak for all of you out there that have had the procedure. God bless the staff at Bayonet Point and everybody connected with it.” Another patient stated, “I am eternally grateful to the team. Thank you for my life. I am really going to make the best of it.” Said another, “My wife and I can’t say enough about Bayonet Point. Dr. Akel (Rami Akel, MD) I owe you my life.”
What is TAVR?
TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place. The surgery may be called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implementation (TAVI).
What is Aortic Valve Stenosis?
Aortic valve stenosis is one of the most common and most serious valve disease problems. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve opening. Aortic stenosis restricts the blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and may also affect the pressure in the left atrium. Aortic valve stenosis does not always produce symptoms. It’s important to note that many people with aortic valve stenosis do not experience noticeable symptoms until the amount of restrictive blood flow becomes significantly reduced.
How is TAVR unlike traditional open-heart surgery?
- It is a closed chest treatment
- It takes place while the patient’s heart is still beating
- It eliminates the need for heart/lung machine
- It doesn’t require stopping the heart
About Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
Regional Medical Center Bayonet has been serving the community since 1981. We are a 290-bed acute care hospital located in Hudson, FL. We have more than 300 physicians, 1,264 employees and 400 volunteers on our integrated healthcare delivery team.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved distinction in the following areas:
- Level II Trauma Center
- Comprehensive Stroke Center
- Joint Commission Accreditation, Primary Stroke Center and Sepsis Certifications
- Healthgrades Multi-Award Recipient
- Five Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 13 years in a row (2005-2017)
- Five Star Recipient for Back Surgery eight years in a row (2010 – 2017)
- Five Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm for two years in a row (2016 – 2017)
- Recipient of Healthgrades 2017 and 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™
- Named among the top 5% in the nation for Patient Safety in 2017 and 2018
- Five Star Recipient for Appendectomy for three years in a row (2015 – 2017)
- MRI, CT, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine Accredited – American College of Radiology
- Accredited Community Cancer Program – American College of Surgeons
- Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certifications: sepsis
- Accredited Teaching Facility by the American Osteopathic Association, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is located at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson, FL. 34667. For additional information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point visit www.BayonetPointHospital.com or visit us on Facebook.