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BIDMC Launches Cardiovascular Institute

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has established a Cardiovascular Institute (CVI), a new model for cardiovascular care where patients will be guided to the highest quality care – delivered by some of the best physicians in the world – in an integrated fashion that will be invisible to patients.

BOSTON - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has established a Cardiovascular Institute (CVI), a new model for cardiovascular care where patients will be guided to the highest quality care - delivered by some of the best physicians in the world - in an integrated fashion that will be invisible to patients.

Ralph de la Torre, MD, BIDMC's chief of cardiac surgery, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. He will be joined by Mark Josephson, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, and Frank Pomposelli, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery.

"The CVI is different from other hospitals' programs that simply locate cardiovascular services together or appear to "coordinate" care. We have found these models to be lacking," said Paul Levy, BIDMC's President and CEO. "They often leave patients and referring physicians confused about how to get access to care and unhappy with delays in services. They also frustrate the hospital's own talented specialists who are ready to move beyond practice models based on outdated arbitrary specialty lines."

The CVI integrates the medical and surgical specialties into one reporting and financial structure. It then unifies nursing and hospital services involved in the care of cardiovascular patients along the same lines. As a final step, all of the physician and hospital components are consolidated into a linked reporting, financial and care delivery structure.

"This group will build an integrated program from the bottom up. It will reflect advanced technology and clinical practice, the skills and drive of our clinicians, and the underlying needs of our patients and families," said de la Torre. "By aligning the goals and daily activities of physicians, nurses, allied health staff, administrators and the medical center, the CVI will create new opportunities to promote quality and safety, improve efficiencies, serve a larger number of patients, and put into action the best practices in cardiovascular medicine.

"Our Cardiovascular Institute takes a very different approach. No longer will there be separate departments; there will be an institute, with its own board of directors, but still within BIDMC."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox.