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What’s New at Physicians Regional? Open Heart Program to Debut this Month

What’s New at Physicians RegionalPhysicians Regional Healthcare System will be unveiling their new open heart program this month at their Pine Ridge location. Physicians Regional’s expanded center for cardiovascular care will include advanced surgical equipment and technologies allowing a full range of invasive and interventional cardiology procedures. Clinical care is being enhanced with a dedicated cardiovascular intensive care unit for open heart surgery patients and a new recovery area for cardiac and interventional patients.

This new program will allow Physicians Regional’s cardiac team to perform minimally invasive cardiac procedures, as well as provide diagnostic care testing to more invasive cardiac surgery.

Expanded cardiac services to include:
• Balloon Valvuloplasty
• Coronary artery bypass surgery
• Thoracic Surgery
• Valve Surgery

Current cardiac services include:
• Cardiac Catheterization
• Internal Cardiac Defibrillator Placement
• Pacemaker Implantation
• Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
• High-risk Electrophysiology Ablations

Leading the cardiac team is longtime Naples-based cardiothoracic surgeon Scot Schultz, M.D. Dr. Schultz is now part of the medical staff at Physicians Regional Healthcare System and serves as the Medical Director of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Physicians Regional Pine Ridge. He is currently seeing patients.

Schultz says, “I am excited for the challenge of building a patient-centered cardiothoracic surgery program based on quality, value, and efficiency and look forward to working with the administrative and clinical teams at Physicians Regional Healthcare System.”

Completing the duo of doctors for this new program is cardiothoracic surgeon Dennis Stapleton, M.D. No stranger to the Southwest Florida community, and starting open-heart programs, Dr. Stapleton was instrumental in opening the cardiac surgical programs at Lee Memorial Hospital, and later performing the first open-heart surgery at Naples Community Hospital. Dr. Stapleton is currently seeing patients.

Physicians Regional Healthcare System is excited to bring this expanded service line to the Southwest Florida community.

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