LEXINGTON, Ky. — UK HealthCare and Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital are announcing a new collaboration to expand cardiovascular services in the Paducah area.
As the first hospital in far Western Kentucky to join the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute’s Gill Affiliate Network, Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital now offers area residents the benefit of UK HealthCare physicians’ expertise in subspeciality cardiovascular services.
Lourdes’ already robust cardiovascular services include a structural heart program that is the first and only in western Kentucky and Southern Illinois to offer transcatheter mitral valve treatment utilizing the MitraClip.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Kentucky, and the state has one of the highest rates of heart disease in the country. UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute is at the forefront of the battle against heart disease and stroke. Its goal is to provide every patient with exceptionally compassionate care in the safest and most appropriate manner possible based on the best evidence and the latest technological advances.
As part of these measures, UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute works with a large number of affiliate network hospitals across the state to enhance access to high-quality cardiovascular care and to provide the right care in the right place at the right time. The affiliate network includes 18 hospitals and 10 outreach locations.
Since officially joining the Gill Affiliate Network in October, Lourdes is taking full advantage of network assets, including on-site training and education at UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute to build out and support its cardiovascular program. In addition, Lourdes’ providers participated in education focused on advanced heart failure and heart attack treatment and outcomes and consulted with UKHC experts to support the expansion of their structural heart program.