CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Named a Center of Excellence

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Named a Center of Excellence
CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock (Submitted by CHI St. Vincent)

CommonSpirit Health has designated CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock a Center of Excellence for both transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) heart procedures.

CHI St. Vincent joins Mercy One in Des Moines, Iowa, as the only hospitals out of 142 in the 21-state CommonSpirit Health system to be recognized as a Center of Excellence in both of these procedures.

“We at the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute are truly honored by this recognition, not only because it reflects our physicians’ commitment to excellence, but because it clearly demonstrates how we put our patients first,” Marcia Atkinson, president of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, said in a news release. “These minimally invasive heart procedures provide faster recovery times, excellent outcomes and help limit the need for patients to undergo open heart surgery.”

“The CommonSpirit Health TAVR and TEER Center of Excellence programs were developed to establish minimum standards and to distinguish centers that exceed these nationally-recognized performance standards and practices as centers of excellence,” added Dr. Nezar Falluji, physician vice president of cardiovascular service for CommonSpirit Health system.