MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP, PA — The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) has awarded St. Mary Medical Center a $1 million gift to support major equipment and software upgrades to the cardiac catheterization labs in its heart and vascular center.
The gift is the single largest corporate donation to date to St. Mary Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Center Campaign.
The planned upgrades will ensure that its cardiovascular patients continue to receive an enhanced patient experience and the best post-operative outcomes possible.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation for its generous philanthropic support of the St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center,” said Michael Magro, DO, president of St. Mary Medical Center. “This gift will have an enormously positive impact on St. Mary’s ability to continue providing our patients with the entire spectrum of cardiac services, through the convenience, completeness and safety of a full-service heart and vascular center.”
Thanks to the gift, the St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center will be enabled to acquire new tools to achieve better visualization of anatomical structures, reduced radiation emissions, and seamless integration of software within the cardiac catheterization labs.
Benefits to St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center patients will include:
- Reduced procedure time by 17 percent;
- Reduced patient preparation time by 12 percent;
- Reduced radiation emissions by 67 percent for cardiac imaging and 83 percent for vascular imaging; and
- Real-time image processing with greater clarity and quality, which is particularly important as the center addresses more complex procedures.
“In line with our mission to improve the health of vulnerable communities burdened by serious diseases, the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation is gratified to support the work of hospitals like St. Mary Medical Center that demonstrate a firm commitment to their community and to providing all patients with high quality healthcare regardless of who they are or where they live,” said John Damonti, president of the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation. “St. Mary is a trusted and vital asset to the community, and we are pleased to help it remain on the cutting edge of technology for heart and vascular care.”
Performing the most cardiovascular procedures in Bucks County, the St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center provides care to more than 20,300 patients annually, including diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation, angina, arrhythmia, heart failure, heart valve disorders, structural heart disease, vascular disease, and vein conditions.
St. Mary was the first hospital in Bucks County to successfully implant regular stents, drug-coated stents, and bio-absorbable stents and is nationally recognized as a center for excellence.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Mary Medical Center has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a High Performing Hospital in Heart Failure care. For the second consecutive year, St. Mary received the Mission: Lifeline Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measurements for the treatment of heart attack patients.