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St. Luke's and West Valley Medical Center Form New Cardiac Care Collaboration

By Ken Dey, News and Community
November 2, 2011

Caldwell, ID – St. Luke’s Health System and West Valley Medical Center have formed a new partnership now known as Collaborative Cardiovascular Care. This agreement bolsters support for quality and continuity of care for patients with heart conditions in the West Valley service area. As a result of these efforts, patients can be assured local access to frequently needed outpatient services as well as timely intervention and treatment for emergent cardiac conditions.

Executives and physicians from the two hospitals will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 in the main lobby at West Valley Medical Center.

“We are pleased to join forces with St. Luke’s to elevate West Valley Medical Center’s ability to treat heart and vascular related illnesses right in our community,” said Julie Taylor, CEO of West Valley Medical Center. This collaboration secures the provision of the highest quality of care and coordination of efforts for residents of Canyon County.”

“St. Luke’s is committed to supporting the care and treatment of Canyon County residents in their home communities,” said Chris Roth, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley CEO.  “As a result of this collaboration, patients will have the convenience of community based care and seamless access to higher levels of service when needed.”

The collaboration will lead to the future development of a certified Chest Pain Center located in the West Valley Medical Center Emergency Department that will ensure early detection and treatment for patients with cardiac symptoms. It will also create peripheral vascular diagnostic and interventional procedures. These procedures consist of angiograms to detect blockages in patient arteries. Once detected, the Interventional Cardiologist can intervene with balloons and stents to treat the blockages.

The collaboration will also allow for the insertion of internal cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) at West Valley Medical Center. ICDs are used to treat patients with symptomatic or lethal arrhythmias by producing an electric shock that converts the patient’s heart out of the condition.

 “This new relationship with St. Luke’s enhances West Valley Medical Center’s ability to be a destination for chest pain and other cardiac conditions experienced by patients in our community,” said Thomas Peltier, Director of Cardiac Services at West Valley Medical Center. “We now have immediate access to St. Luke’s cardiology experts and are better positioned  to coordinate care and treatment of patients that may require higher levels of care when needed.”

St. Luke’s Health System

Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only-locally controlled not-for-profit health care system with six hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho. St. Luke’s has earned numerous national awards for excellence in patient care. St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit www.stlukesonline.org.

West Valley Medical Center

Caldwell’s community hospital, is one of the leading hospital facilities and employers in Idaho. This 150-bed, nationally accredited facility is dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to Treasure Valley residents. For more information about West Valley Medical Center, please see www.westvalleymedctr.com.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.