Hundreds of cardiac surgeries are performed each year in downtown Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center. These surgeries are part of the scheduling routine every day – but that was not the case a mere 25 years ago.
May 14, 1984 was anything but a routine day at then-Fresno Community Hospital. The cardiac surgery program officially launched with two cases performed.
According to cardiac surgeon Dr. Pervaiz A. Chaudhry, “To start this type of program from the ground up is a huge thing.”