The Piedmont Heart Institute has received a $20 million grant from the Marcus Foundation to establish the nation’s first heart valve reference center at Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead.
As a regional reference center, the Marcus Heart Valve Center will be a one-stop shop for patients with heart valve problems as well as for physicians wanting to learn the latest advancements in treatment for these complex patients and increase access to care.
|Philanthropist Bernie Marcus|
“Atlanta is the perfect place for this unique center and Piedmont Heart Institute is the organization that will make it happen,” said Bernie Marcus, philanthropist and one of Atlanta’s biggest ambassadors from co-founding Home Depot to the building of the Georgia Aquarium.
“We have an international airport, a great hospitality industry and excellent medical expertise,” said Marcus. “My goal is to enhance the latter and provide our experts with new tools and capabilities needed to help more people across the country.”
The Marcus Foundation—dedicated to Jewish causes, children, medical research, free enterprise and the community—has funded many enhancements to healthcare in Atlanta including neurosciences at Grady Health System and The Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“We take this charge very seriously,” said Charles Brown, M.D., interventional cardiologist and chief medical officer, Piedmont Heart Institute. “It energizes us more than ever when we earn the trust of philanthropists willing to lend their names to heart care at Piedmont. It started with the late J.B. Fuqua after whom the Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta at Piedmont Hospital was named, and it grows with Bernie Marcus’ trust that we will build a valve center worthy of the Marcus name.”
The Marcus Heart Valve Center will provide a seamless patient experience and package services into a time-frame that is most convenient for them and their families. A patient navigator will walk them through treatment while a multidisciplinary team of cardiovascular specialists create individualized treatment plans for these complex valve patients who often have multiple medical conditions.
Lower mortality rates are one of the many benefits of this patient-centered, integrated-care model. The center also is expected to draw more renowned surgeons and other specialists to Piedmont in Atlanta.
As a regional reference center, it will be the nation’s first comprehensive valve center for care, training and research regardless of the valve in which the damage occurs – aortic, mitral, pulmonary, and tricuspid valve -- or the reason for it -- congenital or acquired.
In addition to Piedmont Hospital being named Best in Atlanta for Overall Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery and Coronary Intervention by HealthGrades®, a leading healthcare ratings company, Piedmont Heart Institute Physicians are leaders in many areas of heart care.
Among many accomplishments, Piedmont heart specialists:
- Provide patients with access to the Medtronic CoreValve clinical trial which involves implanting valves through a catheter versus open heart surgery, which is often not an option for older patients. Piedmont Hospital is one of 40 hospitals in the United States participating in the CoreValve trial.
- Lead the nation in the treatment of chronic total occlusions of the coronary arteries. They host renowned cardiologists from around the world for onsite training in this technique on a regular basis.
- Offer the most experienced and successful adult ECMO program in Atlanta. ECMO (extracorporial membrane oxygenation) is a life saving procedure that gives failing hearts and lungs time to heal without harming critical internal organs.
- Give people with heart failure a better quality of life through the latest heart assist devices and heart transplants.
- Serve as one of the leading centers in the country for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, in particular catheter based ablation therapies. This common arrhythmia frequently accompanies patients with heart valve disease.