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Houston Cardiac Surgery Section Model for Rest of VA

July 16, 2002

Houston Cardiac Surgery Section Model for Rest of VA
Released: 2002/07/16

The Cardiac Surgery Section of the Operative Care Line at the Houston VA Medical Center
Photo by HVAMC Education Service Line The Cardiac Surgery Section of the Operative Care Line at the Houston VA Medical Center has once again received recognition as a "Clinical Program of Excellence" within the Veterans Health Administration. Pictured from left: Hope Scott, RN, HVAMC OR Nurse; Ernesto R. Soltero, MD, HVAMC Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Prasad Atluri, MD, HVAMC Staff Anesthesiologist; and Jaimie Villareal, MD, Resident, Baylor College of Medicine.

by Dorothy Izard, Operative Care Line Program Specialist, Houston VA Medical Center

HOUSTON, TX - The Cardiac Surgery Section of the Operative Care Line at the Houston VA Medical Center (HVAMC) has once again received recognition as a "Clinical Program of Excellence" within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

This designation is made for a period of two years. The HVAMC Cardiac Surgery Section and its staff first received this recognition in 1999.

VHA identifies special, high-performing clinical programs that excel when compared with the best in American health care. Clinical outcomes, patient focus, financial effectiveness plus efficiency, productivity, and fulfillment of the dimensions of quality are some of the important criteria examined in attaining the designation as a "Program of Excellence."

A member of the HVAMC staff since 1999, Ernesto R. Soltero, MD is the chief of cardiothoracic surgery. While extremely honored that his department has achieved this very distinguished designation, he points out that this could not have been accomplished without the outstanding support of the physician assistants that he works very closely with, as well as the cardiology staff, anesthesiology staff, operating room nursing staff, SICU nursing staff, and step-down unit nursing staff. He also gives credit to the cardiothoracic residents from the Baylor College of Medicine who rotate through the HVAMC cardiothoracic surgery program.

VA's Programs of Excellence are expected to serve as models for the veterans' health care system, and as information and referral sources to help others in the system achieve excellence in the measurement of clinical outcomes, clinical care, and where applicable, teaching and research.

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Point of Contact: VHAHOU Public Affairs

04/21/04 08:25