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Heart surgery is a terrifying prospect, but at St. Anthony Hospital a little knowledge and expertise go a long way.
To that end, Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery Associates (CTSA), the state's largest cardiothoracic surgery practice, opened a practice at the hospital.
"We are pleased to work with CTSA to bring advanced cardiovascular services to St. Anthony's Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence," said Jeff Brickman, president and CEO of St. Anthony Hospital.
Dr. John Mehall, founder and president of CTSA, added, “Being able to provide these communities with minimally invasive surgery is such an incredible feeling. It really makes such a difference for patients needing heart surgery to have a less invasive option.”
CTSA specializes in minimally invasive heart and aortic procedures, and has sent three of its top surgeons, Dr. Bhavik Patel, Dr. Patrick Rudersdorf and Dr. Denton Stam to St. Anthony. Patel will serve as director of Structural Heart Therapy at the hospital, performing all types of cardiac surgery with a special interest in minimally invasive valve surgery.
"We're able to offer patients in the area and Front Range region cutting-edge technology to increase the speed of recovery," Rudersdorf said. "We're a very close-knit team here to give them the most focused care."
CTSA has two dedicated operating rooms, numerous physician assistants and support staff to keep the lowest rates of infection, shortest possible time in the hospital and keep costs down. Rudersdorf said CTSA hopes to have a new building on the campus by the spring to offer expanded care.
"One of the key things for us is providing patients with the most information possible about the procedure, recovery time, everything," Rudersdorf said. "So often patients don't know the options out there, so the more we can do to educate them, the better."
Treating patients like family is a key tenet of CTSA, and Rudersdorf said the group is excited to bring that philosophy to Lakewood.
"We provide exceptional care without exceptional cost," he said. "We're focused on the relentless pursuit of excellent."
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