High-Quality Care, Focused on You

Our team of top cardiologists is committed to leading the way to healthy outcomes. Because your heart deserves nothing less.

Dedicated to improving outcomes in heart care


From diagnosis to post-treatment, the cardiac care team at Kaiser Permanente is helping lead the way in heart care. Since 2009, our Heart and Vascular Care team at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center has received the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) highest rating each year, based on performance data for cardiac surgery.1 For general thoracic surgery, we are 1 of only 5 hospitals in the country to earn the highest distinction.2

 

Our skilled teams work together to provide a high level of integrated care, performing leading-edge procedures to replace heart valves, close holes in the heart, remove blockages, open arteries, and more. We are the only hospital in Oregon to get the highest STS rating for isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)3 and isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR).4

Where a heart surgeon turns for heart surgery


Both patients and doctors alike turn to Kaiser Permanente because of our reputation as a cardiac care leader. In addition to recruiting cardiologists from around the world, we are also sought out by them. Our highly trained group of cardiologists was recently recognized in Portland Monthly magazine’s “Portland’s Top Doctors 2018” issue.5 Of the 26 Top Docs honored in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, 12 are with Kaiser Permanente — more than any other group in those categories. With numbers like these, our members have come to expect high-quality care every time.

Confidence every step of the way


Throughout the care experience, our cardiac team encourages members to focus on prevention. To that end, 88% of our members keep their high blood pressure under control compared with the national average of 56%.6

 

When problems arise, the Kaiser Permanente system is designed to help catch and treat things early. According to the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, our 96.7% survival rate after acute heart attack treatment exceeds the national average by more than 3.3%,7 and our survival rate for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implants is 100% after one year — 20 points higher than the national average of 80%.8

Advancing care through technology


Kaiser Permanente combines cardiology with technology, using minimally invasive, industry-leading procedures. One such procedure, dubbed the Watchman, is performed by cardiologist Abhimanyu Uberoi, MD, and involves inserting in the heart a tiny umbrella-shaped device that blocks the left atrial appendage so blood can’t pool there. New techniques such as this help enable patients to return home sooner, oftentimes the next day.

 

Dr. Uberoi believes in preventive medicine, but he also believes in second chances. “When prevention fails, we have to be practical,” he said. “When I go home at night, I can literally say I saved people’s lives.”

The power of integration


All the care providers on your team, including your personal doctor, radiologist, cardiologist, nurses, and pharmacists, are connected to your electronic health record. They’re informed and ready to give you the care you need when you need it. When it comes to cardiac care, time is of the essence.

 

This level of integration allows us to better track members with higher risk of heart disease, provide automated screening reminders, and arrange referrals and tests with Kaiser Permanente specialists. All connected to each other, and all connected to you.

Getting better, faster


Ultimately, cardiac care is about getting patients back to the lives they want to lead. Our comprehensive, integrated approach to care helps enable those healthy outcomes in ways that are safe and speedy.

 

Our cardiac team employs the latest innovations for minimally invasive procedures that can have patients back on their feet promptly — oftentimes the same day. As pleasant as our staff and facilities are, we find that patients are eager to get back to enjoying their lives.

“Our goal was to build a top-notch, premier heart program that you would choose for your own family.”

Yong Shin, MD Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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