Patient care is the focus of everything we do, and our employees are committed to healing compassionately as demonstrated in these initiatives that were launched this past year.
Research conducted by GHS fertility specialist Bruce Lessey, MD, PhD, is revolutionizing the way doctors detect and treat endometriosis. Using methylene blue dye—a simple, inexpensive tool—Dr. Lessey can detect and remove subtle or even invisible endometriosis missed during a normal laparoscopic procedure. And removal of endometriosis can help relieve chronic pelvic pain and improve a woman’s chances of conceiving.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR (pronounced tav-ver), is an innovative option for patients needing a new aortic valve who are too ill to undergo traditional open-heart surgery. Patients typically do not need their heart stopped for this minimally invasive procedure so may reap significant benefits:
The TAVR Program is a multidisciplinary effort, with patients seen and evaluated by cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and imaging cardiologists in the GHS Valve Center. During a TAVR procedure (the first was performed in November 2012), cardiac surgeons and cardiologists work side by side in a state-of-the-art operating room.
GHS is one of two hospitals in the state—and the only one in the Upstate—to be recognized as a TAVR Center. To learn more, visit ghs.org/TAVR.
Pediatric Palliative Care Services at GHS Children’s Hospital uses a team approach to support symptom management and decision-making needs of patients and families facing complex medical diagnoses. Care focuses on relieving pain, symptoms and stress of a chronic illness, thereby improving quality of life.
This service is available to children regardless of life expectancy. The team first sees the child at the time of diagnosis and follows that patient until the illness is resolved, which may be a relationship that spans several years.