It’s springtime, and the spirit of renewal and growth is ever present at the Pauley Heart Center. I hope you will enjoy learning about some of our latest news and achievements in this issue of The Beat.
In January, we embarked upon a joint agreement with HCA Virginia Levinson Heart Hospital at Chippenham that will allow our physicians to provide a continuum of care for patients with advanced and end-stage heart failure. In some cases, VCU physicians will provide donor heart transplantation and total artificial heart implantation for Levinson patients. We look forward to taking part in this partnership in advanced cardiac care.
Our center also recently received Chest Pain Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers). This accreditation recognizes that VCU has achieved a high level of expertise in emergency preparedness and in caring for patients with heart attack symptoms. Important research in cardioprotection is taking place in our newly renovated basic science laboratories.
Finally, our cover story this month spotlights an exciting gift that has propelled a new Pauley Heart Center campaign. We are grateful to the Pauley Family for their continued commitment to the heart health of those in the Commonwealth and beyond. I hope you will enjoy reading more about this campaign, which will allow us to expand our research in a number of key areas in the years to come. Thank you for supporting the Pauley Heart Center.