Cardiovascular E-News
A quarterly newsletter from Research Medical Center

November 2010

CEO Message


The cardiology service line at Research Medical Center is now nine physicians strong. We continue to provide all services to the community as we have for several decades. We provide this service with the same high quality we are known for and for which we have achieved some of the highest national recognitions.

Just one year ago we were faced with developing a new cardiology practice. With the help and support of key players within the outgoing cardiology practice, our new cardiologists, the management team, the Division and many of you, Research Medical Center met the challenge and is moving forward full speed ahead.

We have kept you informed over the past several months about the status of this growing practice. Getting the message out about our cardiology service line today is a strong focus for the hospital and top of mind for our marketing, sales and management team.

Kevin J. Hicks
Chief Executive Officer

Midwest Heart Associates
Meet Our Team

deepak10Bangalore Deepak, MD, FACC , received his medical degree from Mysore University in Mysore, India. He completed his internal medicine residency at Yale University Bridgeport Hospital Program, where he also completed cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships. Dr. Deepak is board-certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology, vascular medicine, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine.

jEynon.crJames Eynon, MD, FACC , received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He served his cardiology internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Health Center Hospitals. Dr. Eynon served as resident and teaching fellow in internal medicine as well as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Health Center Hospitals.

willielawrence10Willie Lawrence, Jr., MD, FACC, is director of Midwest Heart Associates and chief of cardiology at Research Medical Center (RMC). He completed his undergraduate and medical training at Harvard University (Harvard College '79, Harvard Medical School '83, and Brigham and Women's Hospital '87). He trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he developed a research interest in congestive heart failure (HF). He is founder and director of the RMC HF Clinic, which is the only program in Kansas or Missouri to be awarded Joint Commission Advance Certification in HF. He is the chairman of the board of the 11-state Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA).

ducnguyen10Duc Nguyen, DOgraduated from the University of California-San Diego with degrees in microbiology and political science. He earned his medical degree from A.T. Still University in 2000. He completed his medical training at Northeast Regional Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed his interventional cardiology fellowship at Midwestern University in Chicago in 2008. His clinical interests are clinical cardiology, interventional cardiology and complex peripheral vascular diseases.

christinerattin10Christine Rattin, DO, obtained her medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship at Carson City Hospital in Carson City, Mich. Dr. Rattin also holds bachelor's degrees in nursing, biology, chemistry and genetics. She has served as director of cardiac imaging and internal medicine departments. She is board-certified in cardiology and internal medicine and is certified in cardiac CT, cardiac MR, echocardiography, coronary angiography and nuclear cardiac

pSantiago.copyPatrick Santiago, MD, FACC, FASNC, FACP, obtained his medical degree from Autonomous University of Guadalajara Mexico and New York Medical College. Dr. Santiago is board-certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in cardiology and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He completed a residency at Saint Raphael Hospital/Yale Medical School and a fellowship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Truman Medical Center/Saint Luke's Hospital. He has served in numerous cardiology-related leadership and committee positions at area hospitals, and is a former associate professor of medicine at UMKC.

totta10Carrie Totta, MD, FACC, attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She completed residencies at both the University of Texas and St. Louis University School of Medicine, where she also served as an assistant professor. She has been honored with the Cardiovascular Division Teacher of the Year Award, the Upjohn Cardiology Fellow of the Year and graduated cum laude. She is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases.

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Research Medical Center Receives
Joint Commission Heart Failure Certification
Hospital is only healthcare facility in Kansas and Missouri
and 6th in nation to receive prestigious certification

According to the American Heart Association, more than 600,000 people are diagnosed each year with heart failure (HF) and more than five million live with the disease, which costs the healthcare industry a staggering $37 billion annually. People who have HF do best when care provided by medical professionals and steps taken to care for themselves are carefully monitored over time. As with any chronic medical condition, successful management of HF results in fewer complications, a better quality of life and reduced medical costs.

Research Medical Center is making a significant difference in the lives of area residents who have HF and has received national recognition for its efforts. It is the only healthcare facility in Kansas and Missouri, the second in the Midwest, and the sixth in the country to become certified under The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure. 

willielawrence10Willie Lawrence, MD , medical director of Research Medical Center's HF Center, says this certification confirms the comprehensive care that HF patients receive at Research Medical Center and represents a concerted effort by the medical team to consistently deliver that high standard of care. "Tess Laoruangroch, nurse practitioner and heart failure coordinator for the Heart Failure Center, has been instrumental in bringing this certification to Research," says Dr. Lawrence.

Developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association, this certificate of distinction recognizes hospitals such as Research Medical Center that are making exceptional efforts to foster better quality of care and outcomes for heart failure patients. 

Dr. Lawrence says the approach that the medical staff takes to help people with HF makes a difference in the care that patients receive and produces excellent outcomes. "Research Medical Center has demonstrated that its heart failure center, which practices evidence-based medicine, follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for heart patients," says Dr. Lawrence.

"We're very proud to achieve this distinction," says Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer at Research Medical Center. "The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure recognizes and reaffirms Research's commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community."

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Research Medical Center Receives AHA Triple Gold Recognition for Turning Guidelines into Lifelines
Hospital is one of only 33 hospitals in the nation to achieve Triple Gold recognition in 2010

Research Medical Center was recognized for its achievement in implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® for coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.

Research Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines Gold Achievement Award in coronary artery disease, the Gold Achievement Award for stroke and Gold Achievement Award for heart failure.This level of achievement shows Research Medical Center's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart disease and stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines helps ensure that patients treated and discharged receive quality care in accordance with guidelines that will reduce the risk of secondary events. It takes advantage of the "teachable moment," the time soon after a heart attack or stroke, when patients are most likely to listen to their healthcare professionals' treatment recommendations. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

This accomplishment signifies that Research Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines and recommendations.

"Research Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart disease and stroke patients among the best in the country. We will continue in our efforts to build off the success achieved with continued implementation of this valuable program," said Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer at Research Medical Center. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac and stroke patients, and we are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements."

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Core Measure Comparison by Competitors

Research Medical Center continues to excel at the 99.80 percentile for Acute Myocardial Infarction and Heart Failure measures. The chart below represents top decile performance, as indicated by the red line. While other facilities have achieved top decile performance, Research Medical Center has been the consistent high performer in the Kansas City area.