Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Pierce County and in Washington state. A new cardiac institute partnership between MultiCare Health System and the Cardiac Study Center hopes to combat those numbers.
The two organizations recently partnered to create the Pulse Heart Institute.
“This heart institute is designed to bring advanced cardiac care to the community, and expand services,” said Jason Parks, president of the Pulse Heart Institute.
While MultiCare and Cardiac Study have worked together for years, their official partnership began May 1.
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The institute treats patients that are typically older or those serving from cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, electrical disturbances of their heart, or bypass patients.
“The East Pierce County area is extremely busy,” said Dr. Needham Ward, chief medical officer of Pulse, and a cardiologist at Cardiac Study Center. “We are located right next to the hospital, which improves access to our impatient and outpatient services.”
The Pulse Institute is described by Parks as a destination center for cardiac and vascular health in the Puyallup area.
“We keep the patient at the center of what we’re doing every day,” Parks said.
The Pulse Institute sees close to 200 patients in outpatient care per day, and nearly 30 patients on a daily basis in the hospital.
“Partnership is the point of what we’re trying to do,” Parks said. “One of the challenges that health care organizations have is getting away from the historical transactional relationship of this is where you go when you’re sick. Our initiative creates a partnership not only when they are in need of our services but to be a partner with them so they’re heart healthy. That’s the fundamental we see. We’re partnering with the community for better heart health at the center of our initiative. That’s the driver of the work we do.”
Pulse will unite cardiac, thoracic and vascular services into one institute to manage prevention through diagnosis, treatment, management and supportive care.