1st Open Heart Surgery in Northern Mindanao
Almost three years ago, I can still intensely recall the first ever open heart surgery performed here at Capitol Uiversity Medical Center. Cardiac Doctors of Capitol University Medical Center, namely Dr. Renato Alagadan, Director of thr heart institute; Dr. Victor Peña, Cardio-interventionist and Cath. Lab head, Dr. Jose hernandez, TCVS and CV-OR Head with the help of a visiting cardiac surgeon from the Philippine Heart Center, Manila, Dr. Zab Villanueva, performed a surgery that paved a way and opened the door of heart surgery in the whole of Northern Mindanao even years before the Laureana San Pedro Heart Instutite of this Institution together with the HB Calleja National Heart Institute was even realized. With limited background on critical care in cardiac surgeries, we, the ones assigned to care for the patient post operatively after the patient’s mitral valve replacement were, but shaken. I could still remember how I stormed heavens with prayers, hoping that no harm will be done to the patient as the nurse from the previous shift cautiously and comprehensively endorsed the patient to me. You could have heard a pin drop in the cubicle where the patient was placed — we were all focused on doing what we needed to do, steadily but as quickly as possible. The adrenaline was there but we have to remain calm and focused.
Last June 2, 2012, Capitol University Medical Center together with HB Calleja National Heart Institute all took a leap of faith as we officially opened our gates on the grandlaunching of the Laureana S. Rosales (LSR) Heart Institute and formally introduced a new feather to our hat to the public as we dare say that Capitol University Medical Center is equipped and ready to empower Cardiovascular Care in Northern Mindanao. All we need after all is to take that first step.
Now, almost year after it has been officially launched, and after much trainings and lectures for the staff and team, the Heart Institute of Capitol University Medical Center takes pride in specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of both basic and complex disorders of the heart. As of the moment, the Heart Institute already has distinguished record in providing our cardiac patients with the most advanced care while maintaining the highest standards of care. Our multidisciplinary team works together to deliver outstanding care before, during, and after surgery. The commitment of our team in the prevention and treatment of heart disease has led to the achievement of better outcomes and improved quality of life for a number of cardiac patients, making CAPITOL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER the most sought after hospital in Northern Mindanao and leading it on its way to being the heart center of this island.
By Vanessa Rae Dumagat, RN