Half million dollar gift supports advanced heart care

(November 2017) - The community of Santa Cruz County is soon to see an advanced cardiac operating suite at Dominican Hospital thanks to a recent grant of $500,000 from Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Dominican Hospital Foundation is hard at work raising the matching funds required by the grant.

The Monterey Peninsula Foundation is the host organization of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the PURE Insurance Championship and has donated millions of dollars to support nonprofit organizations benefiting arts and culture, community and environment, health and human services, and youth focused in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties. This is the third major grant in six years that the foundation has provided to Dominican Hospital, supporting the Acute Rehabilitation Unit and the Rehabilitation Garden with prior awards.

“We are proud to support Dominican Hospital’s advancement in cardiac surgery that will provide the best possible care for patients in Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas,” stated Steve John, CEO of Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

The total cost of the project is $7.7 million. Dignity Health Dominican Hospital is providing $5.7 million and the foundation is raising the remaining $2 million. To date, over $1.6 million has been raised toward that $2 million goal.

The creation of a new comprehensive cardiac operating suite, with advanced imaging and navigation technology, will take Dominican Hospital to a new level in cardiac surgery for our most critical heart patients. An integrated multidisciplinary heart team will provide treatment of complex cardiovascular diseases.

“The comprehensive cardiac operating suite is a critical part of our commitment to providing innovative, leading-edge cardiovascular services to the people of Santa Cruz County,” said Sarah Edmundson, Dominican’s director of cardiovascular services. “When it is finished, our cardiac team will be able to perform more advanced interventions and minimally invasive techniques.”

Each day, within the Santa Cruz County community, five to six patients are treated at Dominican Hospital for cardiovascular disease. More patients than ever are
requiring cardiac care and interventions on a daily basis. With the vast improvements in techniques, technology, and equipment in the new cardiac hybrid operating suite, Dominican will remain at the forefront of high-quality cardiac care for their community.

The architects of the suite are working in collaboration with physicians by using virtual reality (VR). Designing an advanced cardiac hybrid operating suite is complex and the use of VR is helping Dominican complete the process more effectively and efficiently.

“The ability to see the hybrid operating suite in a virtual reality form makes it much better for us to plan for what we need and how to proceed forward. The suite is going to extend beyond just cardiac or heart related procedures. It's going to incorporate vascular surgical procedures where we're reestablishing blood flow to extremities and limbs. It's going to provide services for stroke intervention and interventional radiology. This is going to be the future, and this is
what's going to define our future, and we don't want to be left behind,” stated Dr. Bilal Shafi, cardiothoracic surgeon.