Leader for Heart Services in Mississippi Changes Name to Reflect its Expanding Focus on Vascular Services

The leader for providing heart services in Mississippi is changing its name, but not its services. The Mississippi Heart Institute at St. Dominic’s is changing, or rather expanding, its name to include the full scope of services the organization is known for and will now be known as the Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute.

“As an entity, the Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute will emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to cardiovascular disease management,” said Michael O’Leary, administrator of the Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute as St. Dominic’s. “This collaboration will be the hallmark of the service,” he said.

The Mississippi Heart Institute began in 1973, and quickly rose in prominence in caring for heart patients in central Mississippi. Since its inception, the organization has grown but so too have its services and technology.

“Now, vascular disease is just as much a focus as heart disease in Mississippi,” said Trace Swartzfager, vice president of professional services at St. Dominic Hospital. “This is a growing area of services needed by an increasing patient segment,” he said.

The Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute currently performs procedures for ischemic heart disease including coronary bypass and percutaneous coronary interventions, thoracic and abdominal aortic disease, general thoracic surgery, valve replacement, peripheral arterial and venous disease, and cerebrovascular disease to name a few.

These services are provided by some of the most skilled cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists and vascular specialists in the state. By streamlining departmental communications The Mississippi Heart and Vascular Institute hopes to become the area’s leading center of excellence for all heart and vascular services.

"Unfortunately, Mississippi leads the nation in the highest death rate per capita due to vascular disease,” Swartzfager said. “As one of the leading hospitals in the state, we feel that we have the responsibility to provide state of the art care for individuals suffering from vascular diseases. In addition, we are committed to educate the citizens of our state about vascular disease prevention."