CCMC to mark open heart anniversary

PARKERSBURG – Camden Clark Medical Center will be getting to the heart of the matter on Friday as it celebrates 10 years of having open heart services at the St. Joseph’s Campus.

A reception will be held in the 70s Lobby from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where refreshments will be served.

All former and current heart patients are invited to attend along with the public, organizers said.

“This has been a great thing,” said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs for the Camden Clark Medical Center. “People don’t have to leave town in order to receive quality open-heart care.”

For 10 years, open-heart surgery and cardiac programs have been available at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, now the St. Joseph’s Campus of Camden Clark Medical Center.

The Open Heart Surgery Program started on April 5, 2004. It began as a contractual agreement between then-St. Joseph’s Hospital and the heart surgeons at the Charleston Area Medical Center to provide heart surgery for stable, low-risk patients.

St. Joseph’s Hospital did a renovation project in the early 2000s, which included building operating rooms to accommodate the needs of open heart surgery.

The program has steadily grown over the years to include more intensive open-heart services for a variety of patients and needs.

Displays will be set up showing the history of the program at St. Joseph’s and how it progressed. Personnel with the program will be on hand. Camden Clark President and CEO Mike King is expected to say a few words.

The first open-heart patient served at St. Joseph’s is expected to attend.

To date, more than 1,500 open-heart procedures have been performed, Brunicardi said.

“A lot of lives have been saved here,” he said.