Shipley Cardiothoracic Center Study Findings Featured at National Conference

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center Study Findings Featured at National Conference

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Oct. 12, 2017) --- Paul DiGiorgi, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon with Lee Health’s Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, was a featured presenter at the 14th Annual Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular and Thoracic Critical Care Conference held recently in Washington, D.C. More than 200 physicians, advanced practitioners and nurses attended the conference, which was presented by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

In his presentation, Dr. DiGiorgi shared conclusions of a year-long study of more than 1,000 heart surgery patients conducted at HealthPark Medical Center - the largest trial of cardiac surgery patients ever published on this topic. The study revealed a simple urine test administered 12 hours post-surgery can detect elevated levels of certain proteins which are early indications that a patient may be at risk for acute kidney injury (AKI). The test can benefit patients by more quickly alerting physicians to potential kidney injury thus preventing further kidney damage, which can lead to other complications, including death. Physicians benefit by having a more powerful tool to care for their patients, and hospitals benefit by providing safer and more effective care to patients by reducing costs, complications and readmissions.

The study was conducted by all of the cardiothoracic surgeons at Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, including Randall Buss, M.D.; George Comas, M.D.; Brian Hummel, M.D., and lead cardiovascular clinical quality coordinator, Brittany Laviano, R.N.

The goal of the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center is to improve patient outcomes through an in-depth understanding of an individual patient’s risk factors, comorbidities, and personal health needs prior to surgery and then share outcomes research with the medical community locally, nationally and internationally through medical journal publications and scientific presentations.

Shipley Cardiothoracic Center was established in April 2015 as the result of a $2.5 million gift made by the Shipley Foundation, Inc., headed by Richard C. Shipley of Sanibel. Plans are in design to renovate more than 10,000 square feet of space on the first floor of HealthPark Medical Center to house the center.

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