PeaceHealth, OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute collaborate in southwest Washington

Press Release

PeaceHealth and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cardiovascular Institute have joined forces to enhance cardiovascular surgery services throughout the southwest Washington area.

The collaboration will utilize the well-established expertise of OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute surgeons and researchers to build on the range of complex heart and vascular procedures already offered in the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center (Vancouver) and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center (Longview). OHSU will be bringing its robust research program to the collaboration, offering clinical trials and novel therapies to patients served at PeaceHealth’s southwest Washington sites.

“We are very excited to be moving forward with the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute to build on our current high quality standards and outcomes,” said Shaun Harper, M.D., medical director for the Heart & Vascular program in the PeaceHealth Columbia Network. “This means patients will have access to the finest local care available, and benefit from access to a number of Knight Cardiovascular Institute programs, from research for the prevention of heart disease to mechanical pumps for patients with severe heart failure.”

Cardiovascular surgeons from OHSU’s Knight Cardiovascular Institute are now seeing patients with PeaceHealth’s Heart & Vascular surgical team at PeaceHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery clinic, located on PeaceHealth the Southwest Medical Center campus. Howard Song, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute, will be taking on an additional role as medical director of the cardiac surgery program at PeaceHealth Southwest.

“OHSU is delighted to partner with the well-established cardiovascular program at PeaceHealth,” said Song. “We look forward to providing comprehensive cardiovascular care and access to the latest therapies to the southwest Washington community.”

Additional benefits of the collaboration will include advancements in cardiovascular therapies for heart failure and heart valve disease, more minimally invasive procedures, and new services in structural heart disease and advanced electrophysiology. Read more about the Heart & Vascular services currently offered at PeaceHealth.

About the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute
The OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute is an integrated center of translational research, clinical care, education and disease prevention. The institute is dedicated to becoming the world’s best at translating research into clinical innovations that benefit patients by attacking heart disease from every angle, before conception and throughout a person’s lifetime. The OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute was established through a visionary $125 million philanthropic investment from Nike co-founder and chairman Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. It is the largest gift ever recorded to advance cardiovascular health in the United States.

About the PeaceHealth Columbia Network
The PeaceHealth Columbia Network represents the southwest Washington region of PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health care system with community-based medical centers and health care providers in Washington, Alaska and Oregon. PeaceHealth Columbia Network includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, a 450-bed medical institution located in Vancouver, Wash., providing the highest level of advanced emergency care and multi-specialty services including heart, stroke, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth and cancer care; and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, a 193-bed acute care hospital located in Longview, Wash., offering a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical and surgical services; and PeaceHealth Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group comprised of general and specialty medical providers offering local care and services throughout Clark and Cowlitz counties.