October 15, 2014

Fontana Medical Center opens new cardiac surgery program

FONTANA, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Southern California has opened its new Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Program at the Fontana Medical Center. The first open heart surgery was successfully completed at the Fontana Medical Center on Oct. 8 and was a coronary artery bypass graft with an aortic valve replacement.

The new Cardiac Surgery Program at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center transitions members who have been receiving heart care at St. Bernardine Medical Center to the Fontana Medical Center. The program includes Cardiac Catheterization Lab specialty services, which provide coordinated care to detect and treat potential artery blockages that could cause heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular damage. The Cardiac Cath Lab features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to visualize and detect a wide range of heart conditions.

“We are committed to providing world class care to all of our members,” said David Quam, MD, area medical director and chief of staff for the Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Area. “Our new Cardiac Surgery Program combines leading-edge technology with a very expert and caring team.”

“We are excited to begin taking care of cardiac patients,” said Greg Christian, executive director, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, San Bernardino County Area. “This investment symbolizes our commitment to the heart health of everyone who lives in the Inland Empire.”

Doctors in white lab coats at Fontana Medical Center cut a red ribbon to open the new facility.The cardiac surgery team includes board-certified cardiac surgeons, intensivists, cardiac anesthesiologists, specialty trained nurse practitioners, RNs and technicians. This team of experts is backed by Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, one of the most robust electronic health record systems in the nation — which connects them to up-to-date information on a patient’s history, condition and treatment.

“The new Cardiac Surgery Program enhances the Fontana Medical Center’s standing as a world-class health care facility,” said Annie Russell, chief administrative officer. “Our new hospital opened in May 2013, and more recently, our physicians began utilizing the advanced technology of the DaVinci Robotic Surgical System last fall.”

Kaiser Permanente held a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Cardiac Surgery Program on Oct. 8. All of the program’s physicians and staff, along with medical center leadership, were on hand for the event.

Kaiser Permanente’s San Bernardino County Service Area has provided comprehensive, affordable health care to the Inland Empire for 70 years and serves 460,000 members. The San Bernardino County Service Area includes the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Fontana and Ontario, and medical offices in Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Colton, Claremont, Montclair, Chino, San Bernardino, Victorville, Redlands and Upland.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.7 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.