In Good Hands


When the body’s heart or vascular system is under attack, every minute counts. Fortunately for residents of North Augusta, the largest, most comprehensive center for cardiovascular care is available at University Hospital’s new Heart & Vascular Institute in Augusta.

“There was a growing need in our community for expanded heart and vascular care,” says Rebecca Sylvester, communications manager for University Health Care System. “With the baby boomers beginning to experience heart and vascular conditions, this institute was necessary to care for their needs and eagerness to have safe, effective treatment and then return to their active, productive lifestyles.”

Inside the 200,000-square-foot facility, patients benefit from the knowledge and expertise of nurses and physicians on the medical staff. In addition to being an accredited chest pain center and having the only local nursing staff given a magnet designation from the American Nursing Credentialing Committee, the Heart & Vascular Institute is home to the only nationally accredited heart, vascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program in the region.

Assisting physicians and nurses are a number of technological advances. One of the most impressive is a 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner, which takes 64 images of the patient’s heart at one time. With unparalleled clarity, these images help pinpoint patients’ problems and guide physicians in diagnosing and treating conditions properly.

To bolster the new institute, two vascular surgeons were brought on board. Robert Mendes, M.D., and Houman Tamaddon, M.D., both came to the institute from a world-renowned program in Chapel Hill, N.C. What brought such respected physicians to University Hospital? The same thing that has attracted quality physicians since the hospital opened.

“Our new physicians tell us they have toured the country while making their decisions where to practice, and they haven’t seen anything that compares to what we have at University for heart and vascular care,” says Sylvester.

That level of quality is something everyone can take to heart. No wonder University Hospital has earned National Research Corporation’s consumers’ choice awards for overall quality and image for 11 years in a row.

Published in Greater North Augusta: South Carolina.