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    Why Choose Us
    Sutter Transplant and Outpatient Heart Specialty Clinics

    Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute's reputation for innovation and excellence stems from a passion for and commitment to complete patient care. That foundation ensures that the more than 4,000 patients who come through our doors each year receive the highest caliber of care, delivered with warmth and compassion by a team recognized as one of the best.

    If you have questions about a heart-related condition, Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute offers answers through education, diagnosis and treatment services delivered at the highest standard of care. Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute is widely recognized for outstanding outcomes in patient care. In 2000, Sutter Memorial, home of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, was the only Sacramento-area hospital recognized for excellence in coronary artery-bypass graft (CABG) surgery by the California CABG Mortality Reporting Program, a joint program of the Pacific Business Group on Health and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). This rating signifies that patients in the program had a better-than-expected survival rate when undergoing coronary artery-bypass graft surgery.

    Comprehensive Care for Heart-Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Patients

    • The institute is the only regional center that performs heart transplant operations, and is rated one of the best in the country for long-term survival rates.

    • Sophisticated medical equipment provides Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute with the tools necessary to quickly diagnose and properly treat each patient and condition.

    • Sutter Transplant Services provides ongoing care for transplant patients, offering comprehensive pre- and post-transplant education as well as emotional support for patient and family.

    • The entire transplant team, from physicians and nursing coordinators to financial consultants and social workers, is at the patient's disposal before, during, and after the transplant.
    Setting the Standard
    Since its inception in 1956, Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute has been a leader in pioneering innovative approaches to heart health care. Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute was the first hospital in the Greater Sacramento area to perform a heart transplant. Dr. Edward Smeloff, one of the institute's original founders, developed and implanted the first of his innovative artificial heart valves at Sutter. The Smeloff-Cutter valve, also known as the Sutter valve, helped more than 40,000 patients worldwide before being replaced by newer valves.


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