Team is at the heart of beating surgery numbers

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The Mount Hospital has outperformed itself on the number of heart surgeries undertaken in 2016.

Beating their 2015 number by 101, Mount Hospital performed 701 heart surgeries in 2016 making it one of the busiest units in the country.

General Manager, Carl Yulie said the hospital is well known in the community for the high quality of cardiac service.

“The rise in the number of surgeries is a testament to the calibre of the team here. Patients seek out our surgeons and our hospital because they know that the level of care here is exceptional.”

Fundamental to the cardiac team at Mount Hospital are specialised cardiac anaesthetists Dr Stephen Same and Dr Mark Schneider.

Both doctors have helped developed the cardiac service at Mount Hospital since its early beginnings, with Dr Same being one of two other anaesthetists to set up the perfusion and anaesthesia service in 1987.

“We have a highly skilled and experienced team including cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists, perfusionists and nursing staff both in the operating theatre and on the wards,” said Dr Same.

“The ICU specialists and anaesthetists have developed a 30-year long strong working relationship of helping each other out which adds to team work, camaraderie and positive patient outcomes,” said Dr Schneider.

In 1987 Mount Hospital was the first private hospital in Western Australia to perform a coronary artery bypass graft procedure. It was also the first private hospital to perform minimally invasive cardiac procedures and the first to offer a priority admission service for chest and respiratory pain.

Mount Hospital opened two new dedicated cardiac theatres in 2015 and is backed by the only private intensive care unit in the state.

The cardiac service is also supported by a 24 hour Chest and Respiratory pain service, two angiography suites, onsite medical officers, a dedicated cardiac ward and a cardiac rehabilitation program.

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