More than 100 Life-saving Procedures Have Been Performed
Freeman Health System recently celebrated the completion of the 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure at Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute. TAVR is considered an effective option to improve quality of life for many patients who are unable to tolerate a conventional open-heart surgery. Freeman is the first and only hospital in the area to offer the procedure.
TAVR is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for individuals with aortic stenosis who are considered intermediate or high risk with other medical conditions for standard valve replacement surgery. Untreated, aortic stenosis may be life-threatening. This condition occurs when calcium deposits narrow and stiffen the heart valve.
About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2018 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.