CHI Memorial’s Guerry Heart and Vascular Center offers a team of cardiac specialists who have trained at some of the most renowned medical programs in the country. CHI Memorial and The Chattanooga Heart Institute integrated services in early 2011. With 25 cardiologists and three cardiothoracic surgeons, The Chattanooga Heart Institute has led the region’s largest center dedicated solely to cardiovascular care for the past 40 years. When it comes to innovative and personalized cardiac care, CHI Memorial’s Guerry Heart and Vascular Center offers the most experienced team of surgeons, cardiologists, and a vast support staff ready to address every heart concern.
THREE TIMES THE SURGICAL EXPERTISE
For better patient outcomes, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend that a facility meet or exceed a minimum volume of 200 cardiac procedures per year. CHI Memorial performs more than 700. That’s three times the national minimum. We perform twice as many open-heart procedures as any other area hospital, and we offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure for patients considered inoperable and those who are deemed intermediate or high risk for aortic heart valve replacement. TAVR enables a collapsible aortic heart valve to be placed inside the heart via a catheter.
ADVANCED DIAGNOSIS AND INTERVENTIONS
CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson each provide imaging services that include echocardiography, stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga has five cardiac catheterization laboratories and two electrophysiology laboratories for specialized cardiac procedures.
ACCREDITED EMERGENCY CARE
Emergency Centers at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson are Accredited Chest Pain Centers. When a heart attack patient arrives, our Chest Pain Protocol is put into action to open their clogged arteries in the shortest “door to balloon” time possible. The national benchmark for treating heart attack patients is 90 minutes from the time they arrive. The heart specialists at CHI Memorial beat the standard for opening clogged arteries averaging 46 minutes.