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Cardiovascular Care

Employee Focus: Stacey Wattier, RN Nurse Manager

Her colleagues in Advanced Heart Care say that Stacey Wattier, RN, is especially kind, compassionate and supportive. Nurse executives and staff love working with her, so it’s no surprise Stacey was selected as a DAISY Nurse Leader winner.

"My nurse manager peers are an amazing group of people who work so hard to lead their teams,” she says. “They inspire me to continue to grow and are always there when I need advice or support. I am so grateful to have been nominated by these individuals"

Stacey always supports professional development as well. For example, she meets with Practice Council chairs to help facilitate unit-based projects, and she participates in the Greater Kansas City Chapter of AACN.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care Unit

Acutely ill cardiothoracic surgery patients who require continuous monitoring and specialized interventions receive expert care on this unit. The nurses provide advanced care to patients who have undergone any of these cardiothoracic surgeries: coronary artery bypass graft, valve repair or replacement, aortic aneurysm repair, thoracotomy, lobectomy, carotidendartorectomy, or esophagectomy – in addition to various vascular surgeries.

Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit

Acutely ill cardiovascular patients and those who require continuous monitoring and specialized interventions receive expert care on this unit. These nurses provide advanced care to patients who typically have acute myocardial infarction and congestive heart failure.

Cardiovascular Operating Room and Cardiovascular Pre-op and Post-op

Nurses are part of a team on the forefront of surgical procedures. Our cardiac surgeons perform complex surgeries and deliver outcomes that exceed national standards. Nurses with extensive training in cardiac care prepare patients for surgery and provide care in the recovery room.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care

Nurses on this unit help patients who have had cardiothoracic surgeries, including coronary artery bypass, valve replacement and heart transplant. Our nurses manage such advanced patient care therapies as continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP), left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Cardiac Intensive Care

This unit is equipped with the latest technology for treating cardiovascular medical conditions. Patients are hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction, chronic heart failure, cardiogenic shock, congenital disorders, complex arrhythmia management, and post-cardiac arrest care. Nurses provide comprehensive cardiovascular care for patients requiring advanced heart failure therapies such as ventricular assist devices and pre-transplant procedures.

Cardiac Treatment and Recovery

The Cardiovascular Treatment and Recovery (CTR) unit is a 22-bed outpatient unit that preps and recovers patients undergoing elective cardiovascular procedures in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and the Electrophysiology Lab. Length of stay for outpatients is typically less than 24 hours. The CTR also preps and recovers inpatients undergoing cardiovascular procedures in the cardiovascular labs and provides infusion therapy for outpatient heart failure patients. The CTR opens Monday mornings at 6 a.m. and closes on Saturdays by noon. The staff consists of a unit coordinator, RNs, cardiovascular technicians and a unit secretary.

Cardiac Labs (Catheterization and Electrophysiology)

Nurses who work in our cardiac labs help provide fast diagnosis and leading-edge treatment for many heart conditions. In the cath labs, our interventional experts use the latest technology to diagnose and treat arterial blockages, as well as perform the most-advanced procedures. The cath labs operate around the clock to provide emergency care. Procedures to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms are performed in our state-of-the-art electrophysiology suites. One suite houses revolutionary, remote-navigation stereotaxis technology, which allows our specialists to use powerful external magnets to guide an internal magnet-tipped catheter safely and accurately through the blood vessels and chambers of the heart. Stereotaxis makes it possible to safely reach and treat previously inaccessible areas.

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