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BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) announced today that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell 45-bed Henderson County Community Hospital in Lexington, Tennessee, and 45-bed McKenzie Regional Hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, and their associated assets, to SSH Tennessee, LLC. The divestiture is expected to close by August 1, 2017, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Quorum Health Corporation is an operator and manager of general acute care hospitals and outpatient services in the United States. Through its affiliates, the Company owns or leases a diversified portfolio of 35 affiliated hospitals with an aggregate of approximately 3,400 licensed beds. The Company also operates Quorum Health Resources, LLC, a leading hospital management advisory and consulting services business. More information about Quorum Health Corporation can be found at www.quorumhealth.com. Statements contained in this news release regarding expected operating results, acquisition transactions or divestitures and other events are forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties. Actual future events or results may differ materially from these statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Quorum Health Corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including current reports on Form 8-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. These filings identify important risk factors and other uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The terms “QHC,” “Quorum Health,” “the Company,” “we,” “us” or “our” refer to Quorum Health Corporation or one or more of its subsidiaries or affiliates as applicable.


"Emerus and Memorial Hermann share a common goal to provide innovative, high quality, patient-centered care to those who need it most," said David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Memorial Hermann. "We're excited to join Emerus in this new care delivery venture that will help us continue to improve our community's access to that care by offering convenient locations throughout the city that are easy to get to, no matter where you live." Emerus opened its first micro-hospital in Tomball 11 years ago, followed shortly thereafter by the Sugar Land location. Until now, the two Houston locations were the only Emerus facilities not affiliated with a major health system. The Emerus Community Hospital, located at 24429 Tomball Parkway in Tomball, will be renamed Memorial Hermann Tomball Hospital; and the Emerus 24HR Emergency Hospital, located at 16000 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, in Sugar Land, will be renamed Memorial Hermann First Colony Hospital. Uniquely different from urgent care clinics, Emerus facilities provide emergency centers with additional services such as primary care, diagnostic imaging, and lab tests – in a smaller, more efficient footprint, with shorter waiting times and convenient parking, closer to patients' neighborhoods and homes. These new facilities will expand the already well-established Memorial Hermann emergency care network to 19 locations including acute care hospitals, Convenient Care Centers and a free-standing emergency room in The Woodlands. Once integrated, these hospitals will feature: Each facility will be staffed by board-certified physicians, experienced nurses and other clinical specialists dedicated to providing the same level of compassionate, patient-centered care found throughout Memorial Hermann Health System. ABOUT EMERUS Emerus is the nation's first and largest operator of micro-hospitals. Emerus partners with leading health systems to provide excellence, empathy and innovation in health care delivery through a network of efficient, value-based micro-hospitals. The Emerus network brings high-quality, patient-centric acute episodic and ambulatory clinical services to communities across a given market. This helps patients by positioning best-in-class provider services in the communities where they work, live and play. Emerus' distinctive level of care earned the Guardian of Excellence Award for Superior Patient Experience in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. More information is available at www.emerus.com. ABOUT MEMORIAL HERMANN A fully integrated health system with more than 250 care delivery sites throughout the Greater Houston area, including a nationally acclaimed Accountable Care Organization, Memorial Hermann is committed to delivering  safe, high-quality, patient-centered care and offers world-class clinical expertise, innovation and cutting-edge technology to all patients, including its Health Plan members. The system, with its exceptional affiliated medical staff and more than 25,000 employees, provides compassionate, superior service while advancing health in Southeast Texas.  Learn more about Memorial Hermann Health System. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/memorial-hermann-and-emerus-announce-joint-venture-to-improve-access-to-high-quality-care-300455347.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Two Quorum Health Resources (QHR) client hospitals were recently recognized on Healthgrades’ 2017 list of top hospitals for patient experience including Newberry County Memorial Hospital (Newberry, SC) and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital (Murrells Inlet, SC). Patient experience recognition was awarded to organizations among the top 15 percent of hospitals with the highest patient experience scores in the U.S. “These hospitals are continually making the right decisions, which enable high quality care,” said Quorum Health Resources Interim CEO Robert A. Vento. “I am proud to consistently see QHR clients hospitals recognized for their stellar focus on patient experience, even in today’s challenging healthcare environment.” “We are honored to be named as a top hospital for patient experience as it reflects on our culture of excellence and our commitment to patients,” said Pam Maxwell, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Tidelands Health. “The entire team at our hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality medical care in a safe, comfortable and friendly environment.” According to Healthgrades, the group also identified a correlation between how hospitals scored on questions related to whether patients would recommend the facilities and whether nurses communicated well and the overall survey score. “It’s not surprising that consumers are more satisfied with hospitals that prioritize communication between patients and staff. It is a very important aspect of the provider-patient relationship and hospitals that invest in creating a highly communicative culture appeal to consumers,” said Healthgrades Chief Executive Officer Brad Bowman. The annual awards recognize U.S. hospitals that excel in patient experience ratings or have low incidents of patient harm. For the Patient Experience Award, Healthgrades awarded 443 hospitals, using the hospitals’ Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys. About Quorum Health Resources The Quorum Difference is the extraordinary combination of consulting guidance and operations experience that enables client healthcare organizations to achieve a sustainable future. As an integrated professional services company, Quorum has been delivering innovative executable solutions through experience and thought leadership for more than three decades. Quorum is consistently ranked among the top healthcare consulting firms in the nation, and the Quorum Learning Institute educates more than 10,000 healthcare leaders and professionals each year. For more information, please visit http://www.qhr.com.


News Article | May 22, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zotec Partners (Zotec), the industry leader in radiology revenue cycle and practice management services, announces a renewed revenue cycle management agreement with Georgetown Radiology out of South Carolina. In the continued arrangement, Zotec will provide ongoing coding, documentation training and revenue cycle management processes that optimize the group’s collections. Georgetown Radiology serves three outpatient imaging centers and two Georgetown, South Carolina hospitals: Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital. If offers sophisticated imaging technology including Bone Density, Computed Tomography, Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound and Digital X-ray. Robert T. Whitehead III, MD, managing partner of Georgetown Radiology, says the group has seen positive results over a long-term relationship with Zotec. He notes, “For nearly three decades, we’ve depended on our revenue cycle management team for coding education and documentation knowledge that has helped us succeed.” Dr. Whitehead goes on to say that Zotec’s insights about the radiology industry, with updates to documentation changes, have been instrumental to the group’s success, stating, “Zotec constantly educates our group on changing radiology regulations that impact our business. Our radiologists rely on their support in this area, and they continue to give us guidance on the best ways to optimize our reimbursement.” Zotec’s Founder and CEO, T. Scott Law, agrees that Zotec works to ensure reports are correctly coded and documented, and that physicians are continually educated on both techniques to optimize their reimbursement. He says, “Our client services team is constantly monitoring the submission of claims for accuracy and minimized risk, and they alert Georgetown’s physicians of every claim issue in order to alleviate errors moving forward.” Mr. Law also points out that Zotec focuses on service first and foremost. “Our expert people work closely with practices to provide education, advice and information needed for correct documentation and ultimately, optimized reimbursement. This is one of the ways we are able to continue to delight our clients and make a difference,” he adds. Zotec is the largest radiology revenue cycle and practice management provider in the country, with more than 20 years in the radiology industry. Zotec integrates the best people, processes and technology for fast, accurate and compliant radiology reimbursement solutions. Zotec’s proprietary processes and technology manage in excess of 80 million medical encounters across all 50 states. Zotec Partners is the largest privately-held provider of healthcare revenue cycle management services in the United States. The company is committed to the continual pursuit of excellence in the physician revenue cycle management industry by delivering effective solutions through its proprietary technology, personalized service and measurable client results. Currently, Zotec serves more than 8,000 physicians in all 50 states. For media inquiries, contact Tara Rowland at trowland@zotecpartners.com. For more information about Zotec Partners, visit http://www.zotecpartners.com.


News Article | April 21, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) reveals its 10 most sustainable buildings. Representing some of the best high-profile green architecture you're likely to see in one place, this year's selection includes solar-powered schools, super-efficient universities, and a Singaporean hospital that uses 69 percent less energy than its typical US counterpart. The 2017 COTE Top Ten Awards comprises a total of 10 projects, one of which is a previous winner that has performed just as green as expected over the years, and is hailed as the COTE Top Ten Plus winner. We've highlighted three of our favorites below, but hit the gallery to see the rest of the projects. Singapore's Ng Teng Fong General Hospital & Jurong Community Hospital is an impressively green hospital that focuses on passive design principles. Unlike some other Singaporean hospitals, it offers every patient an adjacent operable window to ensure fresh air and views. The building reduces water use with a greywater recycling system, while cross ventilation and exterior shading also helps keep the temperature down. This must work as an impressive 70 percent of the facility is naturally ventilated, representing 82 percent of inpatient beds. Its green roofs are packed with dense vegetation and the exterior walls are also covered in greenery. The building is reported to use 38 percent less energy than a typical Singaporean hospital and 69 percent less than a typical US hospital. "This project is an extraordinary model for hospitals to behave as healing environments, not seen in the United States," say AIA's judges. "In a tropical climate, 82 percent of the patient beds are primarily passively cooled and naturally ventilated. The reliance on passive strategies provides significant energy reductions and also connection to daylight and views." In 2011, Stanford University decided to explore replacing its aging and almost 100 percent fossil-fuel-based energy systems. The result was this high-tech, architecturally attractive and sustainable central energy facility designed by ZGF Architects LLP. The Stanford University Central Energy Facility runs from 65 percent renewable sources. It features a large roof-based solar power array and water storage tanks that provide 93 percent of the campus buildings' heating and hot water requirements. The new facility saves 127 million gallons of water annually, or 18 percent of the entire campus' potable water use. "This project fulfills a carbon-neutral strategy for Stanford and houses a central plant and facilities building," say AIA's judges. "The facility demonstrates a long-range climate and energy plan in action. It transforms what would be a typical unappreciated energy plant into a classroom and a moment of architectural joy." The R.W. Kern Center serves as a gateway to Hampshire College and includes classrooms, offices, a café, and gallery space. The building is completely self-sustaining: it generates its own electricity using solar panels, captures rainwater for use, and recycles its own waste. In a nice touch, the design team took advantage of the public nature of the welcome center to make electrical conduits, ductwork, and piping all visible to the public, thus highlighting some of the work that goes into making such a sustainable building. A digital dashboard is prominently displayed in the central commons and café space that shows energy usage, and information on the building's systems and performance is available to campus visitors via a website and an on-site brochure. "The R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College is designed to meet the Living Building Challenge; it achieves net zero energy and water and was built without red list products [materials that contain chemicals designated as harmful to living creatures]," say AIA's judges. "A collaborative and integrated team approach resulted in this being one of the highest performing projects in the country, with a ripple effect across other higher education campuses in the Northeast."


The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Cathy Morris Pitts, CRNP, MSN, RN, CGRN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Cathy Morris Pitts is a Nurse Practitioner currently serving patients within Ivy Creek Health, LLC with Lake Martin Community Hospital and Lake Martin Family Medicine in Dadeville, Alabama, Wetumpka Urgent Care in Wetumpka, AL, and Ivy Creek Urgent Care in Tallassee, AL. With over three decades of experience in nursing, she is a specialist in critical care, emergency room, and  an expert gastroenterology nurse in endoscopy. Cathy’s career in nursing began in 1980, when she gained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in from Troy University in Alabama. An advocate for continuing education, she later received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2013 from Columbus State University in Georgia, and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2016 from Auburn University in Alabama. Since graduating, Cathy has completed a number of advanced training courses, becoming a Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse and a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in nursing, Cathy maintains a professional membership with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, and is also an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She attributes her success to the support of her husband and colleagues, her drive, and her belief in continual education and learning. In her free time, Cathy enjoys working in her flower gardens, sewing, crocheting, making her own jams and jellies, and propagating plants in her greenhouses. Learn more about Cathy Morris Pitts here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135622/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and neuropsychologists — many of them national leaders in their field — showcased their peer-reviewed published research at the first Research and Scholarly Activities Expo, called Path to Discovery, at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. The medical professionals also displayed their published book chapters, professional presentations and workshops that are advancing the field of rehabilitation medicine. “Our physicians and researchers are publishing nationally, presenting at research conferences around the nation, and creating valuable training programs for new physicians. We wanted to create a forum to bring all of our great work together in one place,” said Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD, Vice President and Medical Director of JFK Johnson. Dr. Cuccurullo also is Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The posters, papers, educational displays and hands-on demonstrations at the November, 2016, event focused on a range of topics, such as audiology, cognitive rehabilitation, orthopedic injury, speech therapy, brain trauma and stroke rehabilitation. One demonstration focused on management of tracheostomies, a surgical opening created in the neck to allow direct access to the patient’s breathing tube. Chris Wade, RN, BSN, CRRN, the nurse manager of the Brain Trauma Unit, teaches medical residents the best way to manage patients with tracheostomies to reduce infection and other complications. She demonstrated how a tracheostomy works on a specially designed mannequin. The JFK Johnson education protocols for tracheostomy are being used in rehabilitation institutes across the nation. “Managing a tracheostomy is highly specialized and complex,” Wade said. Nearby, Elizabeth Aspell, Au.D., CCC-A, was discussing advances in audiology for the hearing impaired. She has researched new technology to help patients who have difficulty discerning sounds in noisy environments. Advances in hearing-aid technology block out background noise, and studies at JFK Johnson have found the new devices helpful to many patients. “A lot of people will say they tried a hearing aid 10 years ago and it didn’t work,” Aspell said. “Yet today when they come to us, we are able to help most of them.” Also on display was the textbook Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Board Review, Third Edition. Dr. Cuccurullo is editor of the textbook, which has sold more than 25,000 copies and is used by physicians around the nation as they prepare for medical board examinations and re-certification. “The book is a reflection of our department, and many of our physicians have written chapters,” Dr. Cuccurullo said. Two of the many other presenters included: Dr. Cuccurullo said the Expo was successful in sharing the many ways JFK Johnson is advancing the field of rehabilitation and may become an annual event. Since 1974, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has developed programs in such specialties as stroke rehabilitation, orthopedic programs, fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, women's health, pediatrics and brain injury rehabilitation. In addition to providing inpatient adult rehabilitation services, the Institute treats thousands of children and adults each year on an outpatient and short-term basis. Outpatient rehabilitation programs are provided in Edison and at our facilities in Metuchen and Monroe. We also provide consulting, treatment, education and advocacy for local companies, professionals and schools. Our Continuum of Care assures patients of an integrated, personalized program that facilitates the recovery process and encourages family participation. JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute offers 94 inpatient beds in a separately licensed hospital attached to the Anthony M. Yelencsics Community Hospital. Together, they comprise JFK Medical Center, a private, not-for-profit community hospital. The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute is accredited by the Joint Commission. The facility is also accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute is also licensed by the state of New Jersey as a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Hospital. For additional information about our inpatient services, please call (732) 321-7733.


Innovaccer to Impact and Improve Population Health with #Connect4Care at HIMSS'17 Innovaccer Inc is a Silicon Valley-headquartered, Healthcare analytics company. Innovaccer’s aim is to simplify complex data originating from all points of care, streamline the information flow and help organizations make powerful decisions based on the key insights and predictions from their data. Palo Alto, CA, February 21, 2017 --( Innovaccer’s revamped platform Datashop will have built-in Referral Management, Advanced Chronic Care Management, Patient Engagement, and MACRA solutions on top of the pre-existing holistic Population Health Management suite. The Innovaccer team will be there at HIMSS'17 to share the success of its customers and what all Datashop helped them achieve, as well as talk about the company’s journey thus far in delivering better clinical and financial outcomes. “Value-based reimbursements are the new watchwords in healthcare and this is where our major focus continues to be - in improving outcomes in all health care organizations. We are working to accelerate the transition to value-based care and help our clients fill the identified gaps across their acute, ambulatory, skilled nursing and home care setups,” said Abhinav Shashank, CEO, and Co-founder at Innovaccer. “HIMSS has always been a great place to connect and learn about industry trends, share ideas, and contribute to making healthcare an affordable and equitable space,” says Abhinav. Sandeep Gupta, Co-founder & COO at Innovaccer will be presenting Datashop functionalities at a session on “7 Stages of Value-Based Reimbursement” with one of the company’s marquee clients, Mr. Mark Anderson, COO & VP of Operations of East Texas IPA. Mr.Anderson as a Healthcare Futurist with over 1,000 conference appearances on the needed improvements in healthcare will share his unique perspective on Value Based Reimbursement (VBR) system and his insight on what level of technology is required to navigate through the 7 different Stages of VBR successfully. The session will be held at 10:30 AM on February 20th, at Population Care Management Center in HIMSS’17. “I have been in the healthcare industry for over 40 years now, and clearly understand the challenges we face creating real-time knowledge and wisdom from numerous non-connected silos of information. We have moved to a Value-Based ecosystem with advanced tools offered by Innovaccer for measuring and quantifying - quality of care, outcomes, and costs. With Datashop, we were able to measure our performances and build best practice care plans, have truly coordinated care, and engage with the patients and their families to ensure we can all meet and exceed clinical and financial guidelines,” said Mark Anderson. #Connect4Care Innovaccer is putting a concerted effort into improving population health and achieve comprehensive value in care. In this pursuit, Innovaccer is going to donate $5 to Red Cross, Children International or Watsi or Save the Children or any other NGO of a visitors’ choice so that underprivileged get better care. Innovaccer with its future-proof technology, is committed to making lives healthier through its #Connect4Care initiative and invites everyone to be a part of this commitment that will create impact at scale in improving population health. Visit Innovaccer at Booth # 6179-31 in Population Care Management Center. To learn more about Datashop’s offering, schedule a personal demo. About Innovaccer Innovaccer Inc is a Silicon Valley-headquartered, Healthcare analytics company. Innovaccer’s aim is to simplify complex data originating from all points of care, streamline the information flow and help organizations make powerful decisions based on the key insights and predictions from their data. Its proprietary product, Datashop enables organizations to use data as a source of innovation and has been deployed across 15 countries at academic institutions, governmental organizations, and several corporate enterprises such as Catholic Health Initiatives, Stratifi, Catalyst, MLK Community Hospital, El Paso HIE, Sonic Healthsystems, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Wolters Kluwers. For more information, please visit innovaccer.com or follow us on Twitter @innovaccer. Press Contact Sachin Saxena Innovaccer Inc 650-479-4891 sachin.saxena@innovaccer.com Palo Alto, CA, February 21, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Innovaccer Inc., a Silicon Valley- Headquartered Healthcare analytics company, will be at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando, Florida to accelerate improvements in the value-based ecosystem with its revamped proprietary product, Datashop - the operating system that powers healthcare.Innovaccer’s revamped platform Datashop will have built-in Referral Management, Advanced Chronic Care Management, Patient Engagement, and MACRA solutions on top of the pre-existing holistic Population Health Management suite. The Innovaccer team will be there at HIMSS'17 to share the success of its customers and what all Datashop helped them achieve, as well as talk about the company’s journey thus far in delivering better clinical and financial outcomes.“Value-based reimbursements are the new watchwords in healthcare and this is where our major focus continues to be - in improving outcomes in all health care organizations. We are working to accelerate the transition to value-based care and help our clients fill the identified gaps across their acute, ambulatory, skilled nursing and home care setups,” said Abhinav Shashank, CEO, and Co-founder at Innovaccer. “HIMSS has always been a great place to connect and learn about industry trends, share ideas, and contribute to making healthcare an affordable and equitable space,” says Abhinav.Sandeep Gupta, Co-founder & COO at Innovaccer will be presenting Datashop functionalities at a session on “7 Stages of Value-Based Reimbursement” with one of the company’s marquee clients, Mr. Mark Anderson, COO & VP of Operations of East Texas IPA. Mr.Anderson as a Healthcare Futurist with over 1,000 conference appearances on the needed improvements in healthcare will share his unique perspective on Value Based Reimbursement (VBR) system and his insight on what level of technology is required to navigate through the 7 different Stages of VBR successfully. The session will be held at 10:30 AM on February 20th, at Population Care Management Center in HIMSS’17.“I have been in the healthcare industry for over 40 years now, and clearly understand the challenges we face creating real-time knowledge and wisdom from numerous non-connected silos of information. We have moved to a Value-Based ecosystem with advanced tools offered by Innovaccer for measuring and quantifying - quality of care, outcomes, and costs. With Datashop, we were able to measure our performances and build best practice care plans, have truly coordinated care, and engage with the patients and their families to ensure we can all meet and exceed clinical and financial guidelines,” said Mark Anderson.#Connect4CareInnovaccer is putting a concerted effort into improving population health and achieve comprehensive value in care. In this pursuit, Innovaccer is going to donate $5 to Red Cross, Children International or Watsi or Save the Children or any other NGO of a visitors’ choice so that underprivileged get better care. Innovaccer with its future-proof technology, is committed to making lives healthier through its #Connect4Care initiative and invites everyone to be a part of this commitment that will create impact at scale in improving population health.Visit Innovaccer at Booth # 6179-31 in Population Care Management Center.To learn more about Datashop’s offering, schedule a personal demo.About InnovaccerInnovaccer Inc is a Silicon Valley-headquartered, Healthcare analytics company. Innovaccer’s aim is to simplify complex data originating from all points of care, streamline the information flow and help organizations make powerful decisions based on the key insights and predictions from their data. Its proprietary product, Datashop enables organizations to use data as a source of innovation and has been deployed across 15 countries at academic institutions, governmental organizations, and several corporate enterprises such as Catholic Health Initiatives, Stratifi, Catalyst, MLK Community Hospital, El Paso HIE, Sonic Healthsystems, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Wolters Kluwers.For more information, please visit innovaccer.com or follow us on Twitter @innovaccer.Press ContactSachin SaxenaInnovaccer Inc650-479-4891sachin.saxena@innovaccer.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Innovaccer


Background: Resistant fibrotic calcified plaque is a major limitation in treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon pressures of 8-16 atm are typically required in these lesions. Ultrasound has detected significant dissection or plaque fracture immediately after balloon dilation in 76% of patients. Endovascular techniques are available that remove calcified plaque and alter lesion compliance, which minimizes dissection and stenting. A single-center experience evaluating the long-term durability of calcified plaque removal utilizing orbital atherectomy is presented. Methods: Patients with PAD underwent primary intervention with orbital atherectomy followed by low-pressure balloon angioplasty. Lesion compliance markers, including balloon inflation pressures and times, dissection rates, and bail-out stent rates, were recorded. Twelve-month re-intervention rates were also tracked. Results: Forty-six patients (57 lesions) were treated. Average age was 71 years and 74% of the patients were male. Rutherford classification was 3 to 5 for all patients. Lesion locations were in the common femoral artery (9%), superficial femoral artery (56%), popliteal artery (19%), and tibial/peritoneal arteries (16%). Average pretreatment stenosis was 90%. Adjunctive PTA was utilized in 82.5% of the lesions. Mean maximum inflation pressure was 5 atm for a mean of 2.3 minutes. Mean residual stenosis was 11%. One dissection occurred and no bailout stenting was required. Five patients (10.9%) returned for target lesion re-treatment. Conclusion: Orbital atherectomy modifies calcified lesion compliance in resistant peripheral arterial plaques as demonstrated by low balloon inflation pressures of short duration. Bail-out stenting was eliminated. Results were durable and the re-intervention rate was low.


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Patrick Joseph McCormick, MD, Cardiologist, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Patrick Joseph McCormick is a highly trained and qualified cardiologist with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work. Dr. McCormick has been in practice for more than 58 years and is currently serving patients within Associated Cardiovascular Physicians in Palos Heights, Illinois. Dr. McCormick attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with his Medical Degree in 1958. He subsequently completed his internship at the Mayo Clinic, before returning to the University of Wisconsin for his Cardiology residency. There are few cardiologists with more experience than Dr. McCormick. He is board certified in Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, is a proud inductee of Alpha Omega Alpha, and is a longtime member of the American College of Cardiology. Among his many other duties, Dr. McCormick has written a newsletter for the medical staff at Palos Community Hospital for several years. He attributes his success to the support of his family and parents, and in his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys watching his grandson play baseball. Learn more about Dr. McCormick by reading his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics.  Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review.  FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise.  A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life.  For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com

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