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Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, which has won top Patient Experience ratings three years in a row from HealthGrades®, has earned another mark of excellence from another independent agency that surveys patients about their hospital stay. NRC Picker selected the hospital for its 2010 Path to Excellence award for being ranked by patients as being in the top five on pain management.
Vascular surgeon Randall G. Stern says Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital keeps focused on its areas of expertise – cardiac care and surgery – makes sure nurses are well-trained and that the patient experience is top notch. All those things combine to earn the hospital 5-star ratings year after year after year.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital features 48 private suites, nine intensive-care rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, advanced technology and a comprehensive medical team. Along with cardiovascular services, Fresno Heart & Surgical also expanded services to include general surgery and minimally invasive bariatric surgery.Back to Videos
Hospital food is often the target of jokes and for good reason. Most patients are on diets that limit fat, sugar and salt – limiting its flavor. Open heart patient Vernious Staton was expecting nothing more than the typical bland hospital fare when she was first admitted to Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital for open heart surgery in 2004. Instead, she was amazed with the quality and tastiness.
Newspaper headlines this past week tout the benefits of using bariatric surgery to cure Type 2 diabetes -- even in people who are not morbidly obese. That’s old news to Drs. Kelvin Higa and Keith Boone, bariatric surgeons at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, who’ve seen these results again and again in their patients and have been studying the effect for several years.
Cardiac surgeon Peter Birnbaum hopes to spark an interest in medicine with hands on experience, letting students poke and prod a real heart. For the past few years he’s brought in his staff from Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and several fresh cow hearts to Clovis West High School in Fresno to give anatomy lessons.
Daryle Lamonica, quarterback for the Oakland Raiders during the late 60s and early 70s, knows the value of a great team. And he’s grateful for the top-notch team at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital who took care of him when he had quadruple heart bypass surgery in mid-May.
A man with a multitude of heart and vascular problems undergoes an angiogram in the catheterization lab.
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A woman who had bariatric surgery suddenly develops severe stomach problems. Can her surgeon discover what's ailing her?Back to Videos