Health

Record number of heart surgeries performed

For more than 30 years Mount Hospital has been providing a leading private cardiac service to the people of Western Australia which in 2016 performed a record 701 heart surgeries, making it one of the busiest units in the country.

In 2015 the hospital performed approximately 600 heart surgeries, so there was an increase of over 15% in 2016.

Carl Yuile, General Manager of Mount Hospital explains, we are well known in the community for the high quality of our 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.

In 1987 the 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.

Fundamental in shaping of the hospital’s cardiac service are the specialised anaesthetists like Dr Stephen Same and Dr Mark Schneider both of whom have been part of the service from the beginning.

‘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.

Mount Hospital opened two new state of the art dedicated cardiac theatres in 2015 and is backed by the only private Level 3 ICU 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.