Penn Heart and Vascular

Quality & Outcomes

Letter from Heart & Vascular Chiefs

On behalf of Penn Medicine, we are pleased to present the latest medical and surgical advances that are revolutionizing the way we treat heart failure patients. It is our intent to keep you informed of these new advances and to provide an illustration of the range of options Penn Heart & Vascular can offer your patients.

This year's Heart & Vascular clinical activity report will be introduced in the form of a series of booklets, beginning with the highlights of our heart failure program. Each report will be accompanied by an online version that includes expert video commentary on technical innovations and patient-oriented developments in the fields of cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and vascular surgery.

In 2012, Penn Heart & Vascular maintained its leadership as a full-service heart and vascular center in the region by expanding a number of clinical programs that provide state-of-the-art services to patients throughout Pennsylvania and the Northeast. Penn Heart & Vascular also continued to outperform other institutions in heart transplants and increased its volume in ventricular assist device implantations. Penn Medicine continues to participate in clinical trials, shaping the future of mechanical assist devices and introducing smaller, more effective VADs to the community. In addition, Penn Heart & Vascular continues to hold its position as a national leader in heart transplant programs, celebrating its silver anniversary of excellence.

Our mission is to be at the forefront of innovative care, to improve clinical outcomes and to provide excellent health care for patients with or at risk for heart and vascular disease. This year, we pursued this mission through innovation, individualized care and instruction — a theme that will resonate throughout our series.

As we look ahead to the coming year, we eagerly anticipate continued growth in our program and a continued focus on obtaining the best possible outcomes for our patients and our physician partners throughout the nation. We thank you for your confidence in our program and we hope that you find our series of clinical activity reports informative and useful.