Saving lives through innovation at St Andrew’s


St Andrews.PNG
St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital continues to offer compelling value to patients with its leading heart surgery; which is successful due to their collaborative and innovative team of specialists.

The hospital is one of the first in Australia to conduct a lifesaving procedure called ‘Impella’, for patients with high risk coronary disorders.

General Manager Walter Bourdelov said it was a major milestone for the hospital, which focuses on providing the best heart care in Queensland.

“We pride ourselves on providing patients with the best in surgical techniques and this latest advancement in our cardiology unit demonstrates our dedication to ensure we are at the forefront in the treatment of cardiac disease.

“This complex and high risk procedure complements previous pioneering advancements at St Andrew’s over the years, such as the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and more recently, the MitraClip procedure – where we were among the first in Australia to perform both techniques.

“These ongoing developments are a success due to the innovation, collaboration and dedication by a team of highly skilled specialists in St Andrew’s Cardiology Unit,” said Walter.

According to St Andrew’s leading cardiologist Dr Alexander Incani, the hospital’s first Impella procedure represented an example of multidisciplinary care and was a true display of collaboration among a team of eight specialists.

Dr Incani said, “In this particular case, the patient had come from Intensive Care, with their life seriously at risk due to coronary artery disease.

“With limited heart function and blood supply, installing the Impella device allowed us to conduct sophisticated surgical procedures without risk,” he said.

This year, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital celebrates 60 years of providing Queenslanders with excellence in patient care. With an extensive list of innovative advancements, St Andrew’s is well positioned to be the leading cardiac hospital in Queensland.