Saint Francis Healthcare chooses Christiana Care Health System to provide emergency cardiothoracic surgery for catheterization patients.

February 7, 2013

In a collaborative move designed to improve access to care, Saint Francis Healthcare has chosen Christiana Care Health System to provide emergency patient transport and cardiothoracic surgery for cardiac catheterization patients effective July 1, 2013.

Patients from the Saint Francis cardiac catheterization lab who require emergency cardiothoracic surgery will be transferred by Christiana Care’s emergency transport team to the cardiovascular operating rooms at Christiana Hospital. This model of care is being adopted by many communities in an effort to create value and best benefit the community.

Clinical and regulatory guidelines stipulate that cardiac catheterization labs make formal arrangements for emergency surgical care of patients having diagnostic or interventional procedures. Interventional cardiac catheterization procedures—different from open-heart surgery—include procedures to detect and reopen narrow or blocked arteries. Saint Francis will continue to offer cardiac catheterization and non-invasive testing.

Partnering with Christiana Care is a key step in Saint Francis’ strategy to meet community need. This agreement allows Saint Francis to focus growth in home care and its new LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) Center, while continuing to help meet the community’s need for women’s services, emergency care and home care.

“This collaborative effort will better meet the community’s changing health care needs,” said Julie A. Hester, president and CEO of Saint Francis Healthcare. “This community is fortunate to have a heart and vascular center of excellence at Christiana Care. Given the low volumes for cardiac surgery at Saint Francis, our leadership and board have decided the community’s heart surgery needs would be met best by partnering with Christiana Care. We will continue to treat patients in our Cardiac Catheterization Lab and non-invasive testing unit.”

“This collaboration continues our long-standing commitment to partner with our neighbors to provide access to the highest quality of care and deliver greater value,” said Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, Christiana Care president and CEO.

“As good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, Saint Francis Healthcare will continue to seek opportunities to align the provision of care to best meet community needs. We will refocus our resources on those health care services that the community relies on Saint Francis to provide, such as emergency care, home care and our LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) program,” said Hester.

Saint Francis, a member of Catholic Health East and Delaware’s only Catholic Hospital, has been serving Wilmington and Northern New Castle County since 1924. Services provided include the Saint Francis Heart Center, 24-hour Emergency Services, Ambulance Service, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Advanced Wound Center, Sleep/Neurodiagnostics Center, Pain Center, Home Care, Rehabilitation, Imaging Services, Comprehensive Women’s Services and three community outreach programs. Saint Francis Hospital is affiliated with the Saint Francis Foundation and the Franciscan Care Center.

Christiana Care’s innovative Center for Heart & Vascular Health is the only center in the region that integrates in a single location and under one roof cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, vascular interventional radiology, cardiology and interventional nephrology.