From a recent gathering of the St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Women in Cardiology (L to R) Dr. Kathleen Morris (CVD fellow), Dr. Mary N. Walsh, Dr. Nancy Branyas, Dr. Emily Ruden, Dr. Ashley Funk, Dr. Elaine Moen, Dr. Julie Fetters, Dr. Hiroko Noda-Heiny, Dr. Kelly Carlson (CVD fellow), Dr. Janet Rippy, Dr. Beth Riddell (AHFTC fellow), Dr. Jennifer Davis (IC fellow), and Dr. Anna Stone (CVD chief fellow)
The St. Vincent Heart Center is leading the way in the area of patient quality, safety and excellence in care. For the sixth consecutive year, the St. Vincent Heart Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.
St.Vincent Indianapolis also was included in the study as a Top 50 Teaching Hospital with a cardiovascular residency program. IBM Watson Health recently released its 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018 study, formerly the Truven Health Analytics 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study. Top hospitals are identified using a balanced national scorecard of performance metrics that achieve superior clinical outcomes.
Now in its 19th year, the study uses a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics to identify the 50 highest-performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation. Hospitals included in the list are considered leaders in cardiac care, improving health of patients during hospitalization as well as after discharge.
Additionally, the Heart Center earned a five-star rating – the highest – from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Based on a rating system of 1 and 5 stars, hospitals with 5 stars are considered to have above average quality, and the rating is intended to help patients, their families, and caregivers better compare hospitals.
"We are honored to be among some of the most elite heart hospitals in the nation and receive the highest rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services," said Blake Dye, President. “These designations symbolize the hard work, dedication and passion by our exceptional and talented team of physicians, nurses and staff.”
"This is a remarkable achievement to have Ascension represent 10 percent of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.," said Edward T. A. Fry, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Chair of Ascension's National Cardiovascular Service Line as well as the Cardiology Division and Cardiovascular Service Line at St. Vincent Indianapolis. "It's a credit to the leadership, physicians and staff of each of these ministries and supports the strong work all are doing within the national cardiovascular service line."
The impact of this study indicates an opportunity to improve cardiovascular care in the United States, if the efforts of the Heart Center and other recognized hospitals are replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's Truven winners, more than 9,000 additional lives and $1.4 billion could be saved.
One of the Midwest’s busiest and most experienced programs for congestive heart failure (CHF). Much of our success can be attributed to our multidisciplinary approach to patient care and treatment. We combine the expertise of cardiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, pharmacists, social workers and many other professionals – and work closely with surgeons when surgery is the best option for our patients. St. Vincent’s has a dedicated inpatient unit and a reputation for excellent follow-up care after discharge, and providing patients outstanding cardiac care through evidence-based therapies. In 2011, our composite scores for assessment of left ventricular function, use of ACEI / ARB, smoking cessation advice / counseling and discharge instruction were 97%.
Our CHF program is a leader not only in treatment, but also in modeling success for our peers. We have been Five-Star rated by HealthGrades for the treatment of heart failure for seven years in a row (2006-2012). In 2009, St. Vincent Hospital became the first health institution in the state to earn the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Heart Failure from The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading healthcare accreditation organization. Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, AHFTC Program Director, has been a leader in system-wide Ascension Health initiatives for clinical excellence, sharing best practices at St. Vincent Hospital and with her colleagues across the nation.
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana remains the largest and most active cardiac transplant program in the state of Indiana. In 2011, we performed 24 heart transplants and 64 ventricular assist device (VAD) procedures, both increases over 2010.
In February 2012, St. Vincent celebrated the 25th anniversary of our first heart transplant, performed by Dr. John Paris. Today, as the largest heart transplant program in the state, we are helping more patients with cardiomyopathy, congenital heart defects, heart valve disease, debilitating arrhythmia and other heart conditions live more active, fulfilling lives.
Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, earned both her business administration and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Walsh completed her cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.
Her areas of expertise include nuclear cardiology, congestive heart failure and cardiac transplantation with a special interest in women and heart disease. She is the medical director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Programs at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital; director of Nuclear Cardiology at The Care Group, a member of St. Vincent Medical Group; and clinical associate professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Walsh has been active in the American College of Cardiology (ACC), both locally and nationally. She has served as president of the Indiana Chapter, and has been a long-standing member and past chair of the ACC Women in Cardiology Committee. She is currently chair of the Patient Centered Care and Cardiac Care Associates committees; a member of the Budget and Finance Committee; and a member of the ACC Board of Trustees.
Dr. Walsh’s teaching activities include instruction of students, residents and fellows, and she lectures frequently on congestive heart failure (CHF), heart disease in women and topics in nuclear cardiology. She is actively involved in clinical research in heart failure, nuclear cardiology and systems approaches for quality initiatives in the practice setting.
On March 19, 2017, Dr. Mary Norine Walsh, Program Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship, St. Vincent Hospital, became president of the American College of Cardiology during the Convocation Ceremony held in conjunction with the ACC's 66th Annual Scientific Session in Washington, DC.
Associate Program Director
M.P.H., University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Twin Cities, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities, MN
IM Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
Cardiovascular Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Subspecialty Fellowship: Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO
Douglas E. Pitts, MD, FACC, earned a bachelor of arts and medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his medical education residency and cardiology fellowship at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Dr. Pitts specializes in heart failure, transplant cardiology and ventricular assist device (VADs), and has over 25 years of experience in these areas. Most of his clinical experience was at Methodist Hospital where he was the medical co-director of transplant.
In December 2008, Dr. Pitts came to St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital and St. Vincent Transplant Services to specifically practice in the heart failure, transplant and VAD program. He is the co-director of the Heart Failure and St. Vincent Transplant Services program at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.
Dr. Pitts has also published extensively on both heart failure and cardiac transplants.
Thomas P. Schleeter, MD, FACC, FASNC, earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and completed an internal medicine residency and a Cardiology Fellowship from The Ohio State University Medical Center.
Dr. Schleeter is board certified in cardiology and provides cardiology services in the following Indiana cities; Indianapolis, Lebanon and Winamac.
He is the medical director of Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs) and is a member of the St. Vincent Transplant Services team. His specialties include general cardiology, advanced therapies for congestive heart failure, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.
Christopher T. Salerno, MD, FACS, is a member of the St. Vincent Heart Transplant team and specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery at CorVasc.
Dr. Salerno received his medical degree from Rush Medical College of Chicago in 1992. He completed his general surgery internship in 1993; surgical infectious disease fellowship in 1998; and general surgery residency in 2000; all at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2003, Dr. Salerno completed a second residency in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiopulmonary transplantation at Stanford University.
Dr. Salerno is board-certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is also board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Salerno is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also actively involved with several professional organizations which include: American Medical Association; American College of Surgeons Candidate Group; American Association for Cancer Research; Association for Academic Surgery Candidate Group; International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation; Xenotransplantation Society; Society of Thoracic Surgeons; and Western Thoracic Surgical Group.
Key Clinical Faculty, Transplant Cardiologist
Medical School: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
IM Residency: Univ. Hospitals Case Medical Ctr., Case Western Reserve Univ.
Cardiovascular Fellowship: Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University, Providence
Subspecialty Fellowship: AHFTC Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University
Key Clinical Faculty, Transplant Cardiologist
Medical School:University of Puerto Rico – School of Medicine, San Juan
IM Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Cardiovascular Fellowship: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis
Subspecialty Fellowship: AHFTC Fellow, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University.
Faculty, Transplant/VAD Surgeon
Medical School:University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
Intern, Surgery: Georgetown University Medical Center, District of Columbia
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: University of Pennsylvania Harrison Dept. of Surgical Research
Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore
Faculty, Transplant Cardiologist
Medical School: University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
IM Residency:University of Texas, Southwestern, Dallas
Cardiovascular Fellowship: University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Center
Subspecialty Fellowship: AHFTC Fellow, Univ. of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Med Ctr
Faculty, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Medical School: Finch Univ of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School, No. Chicago, IL
IM Residency: Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Cardiovascular Fellowship: Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
Subspecialty Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Cardiology: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
IM Residency: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Medical School: Indiana University SoM, Indpls.
Undergraduate: Purdue Univ. School of Pharmacy
Private Practice: Advanced Heart Failure Cardiologist, Wellstar Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Cardiology: Rowan Univ. School of Osteopathic Medicine, Cherry Hill, NJ
IM Residency: Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, IL
Medical School: Kansas City Univ. of Medicine & Biosciences
Undergraduate: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
Private Practice: St. Vincent Cardiovascular Institute, Little Rock, AR
Cardiology: Marshall University, Huntington, WV
IM Residency: New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Medical School: King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
Private Practice: The Heart Group of Lancaster General Health, PA
Cardiology: Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, Columbus
IM Residency: Ohio Health Doctors Hospital, Columbus
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
St. Vincent Hospital and Heart Center of Indiana is recruiting eligible candidates for the 2019 – 2020 Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology (AHFTC) Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is an ACGME accredited 1-year program. The curriculum will include patient management in the outpatient, inpatient and catheterization laboratory settings. Experience in transplant infectious disease, imaging and device management is included.
Applications are currently being accepted for one position, via ERAS, for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
|December||December 1 – Programs can begin reviewing applications|
|January – May||Programs conduct interviews with applicants|
|May 7, 2018||8:00 a.m. Pacific and 11:00 a.m. Eastern time – Offers extended to Applicants|
|May 10, 2018||Deadline for applicants to accept/decline offers|
|May 11 – May 31, 2018||Programs continue interviewing and submitting offers if position has not been filled|
|July 1||Training Program Begins|
AHFTC Program Director
Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., FACC
8333 Naab Road, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, is the 12th largest city in the United States and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is one of the top 25 most visited cities in the country, in part due to being a powerhouse in the sporting event and convention industries.
Indianapolis has shed its image as a Rust Belt city, due in part to an aggressive downtown revitalization campaign. The diversification of the city’s economic base since the 1960s has also contributed to this transformation.
Indianapolis has hosted Super Bowl XLVI, the 1987 Pan American Games, both Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Fours, the Big Ten football and basketball championships, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the United States Grand Prix, and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis is a great place to relocate. With one of the lowest costs of living among large cities in the nation, incomes reach much further than just about anywhere else.
Indianapolis is ranked as having the “No. 3 Downtown in the U.S.” based on entertainment options, beautiful architecture, green spaces and planning that went into the city’s design.livability.com
Indianapolis is not only the Crossroads of America from a geographical standpoint, but from a cultural one as well. There are a multitude of local restaurants, museums, art fairs, and theater districts all around the city that cater to just about every individual’s needs.
The city is home to hundreds of local parks, an extensive and growing network of bikeways, with over 200 miles of new bike lanes planned for the near future, and a many natural destinations available for recreation and relaxation.
Indianapolis also has several distinct cultural districts that have developed throughout the years.
Broad Ripple is on the near north side of Indianapolis, and is a cultural mecca for much of the city. It contains a wide variety of dining options, boutique shops, corner pubs, and a vibrant nightlife, all nestled conveniently between the popular north side suburbs and downtown.
Massachusetts Avenue, or Mass Ave, is the road that extends northeast from downtown Indianapolis. It’s also the location of great dining, local art, and a great scene for entertainment. It houses destinations such as the Athenaeum and the Murat Theatre, both sites for live bands, musicals, and other exciting forms of entertainment.
The Wholesale District sits at the heart of Indianapolis. It has more than 85 dining options, and over 13 hotels, including the new JW Marriott, the world’s largest. It’s also home to Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl, Victory Field, recognized as the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America”, and Conseco Fieldhouse, voted the number 1 venue in the NBA.
Additionally, there is a vibrant nightlife along Meridian Street, and a completely indoor downtown mall that connects to many of the downtown hotels through tunnels and walkways, ensuring that weather won’t slow you down.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Lucas Oil Stadium
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Historic Fountain Square
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Eagle Creek Park
Klipsch Music Center
Indiana State Museum
Hilbert Circle Theatre
The Murat Centre
Indianapolis Art Center
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Indiana Repertory Theatre
The Fashion Mall at Keystone
Indy offers a climate that has seasons without the harsh extremes of a desert in the summer or getting your toes frozen off in the winter. In the summer months the average temperatures range from 61 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter it’s cold enough to get some sledding in and have an occasional snow fight with your coworkers.
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — U.S. News just posted a survey with the top 100 best places to live in the U.S.
They analyzed the 100 most populous cities and then ranked them according to four categories: good value, desirable place to live, strong job market and a high quality of life.
To be in the top, cities had to have a good score from all four.
Indianapolis ranks at 43. It was ranked with a 6.6 score overall.
The article cited the city’s wealth of sports, neighborhoods and shopping areas as the top draws to the city.
Denver ranked as number one with Austin, Texas as second.