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Dave Pearson
Senior Writer
Prior to joining TriMed in 2014, Dave was an independent reporter and copywriter. He has worked in journalism, public relations and marketing for more than 25 years, concentrating on business, healthcare, technology and religion. He has also worked extensively in fundraising communications, freelancing for local, national and international charities.
 - Mark Sanz, MD

After pushing for years to build a unified cardiology database powered by structured reporting, several members of the heart team at 237-bed Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont., finally got their moment around six years ago.

Malnourishment remains a challenge in some of the world’s poorest regions, yet, if current trends continue, by 2025 more than 21 percent of the world’s women and 18 percent of men will be obese. 

 - Echo of right ventricle

Inpatient echocardiography is on the rise and, with it, questions about potential overutilization. A new study suggests that, on the contrary, during critical cardiovascular hospitalizations, echo may not get tapped enough.

 - HospitalNight

The Leapfrog Group’s hospital surveys and safety scores, the Joint Commission’s quality check and Truven’s hospital scorecards are among the free, online hospital-rating systems summarized and linked for quick consumer consumption by The Sentinel newspaper of Carlisle, Pa.

 - Bakersfield Heart Hospital - PCI

Despite its name, Bakersfield Heart Hospital offers more service lines than just those under its cardiovascular umbrella.

 - University of Washington Medical Center heart team

The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, already a major national referral center, has recently undergone a significant culture shift. The change began when Robb MacLellan, MD, joined as chief of cardiology of UW Medicine Regional Heart Center in 2011.

 - Gary Idelchik, Saratoaga Hospital

Growth seeded the need for a dedicated PCI program at Saratoga Hospital that went live in January along with a complete technology overhaul: cath lab, hemodynamic monitoring, echocardiography and a fully integrated cardiovascular information system. The PCI program, close to 100 interventions later, is now considered a jewel of the county and a model for other facilities considering a technology refresh.

 - ICD

Wireless pacemakers today are rising in popularity as the right choice for many patients.

 - smart cabinets

Good Samaritan Hospital in L.A. looks to its managers to preserve that margin by slashing supply costs without compromising clinical quality.

 - Abiomed - Einstein PCI

High-risk PCI patients have new options at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia with the Impella 2.5, a miniature heart pump for use in elective and urgent high-risk PCI procedures.