EAST GLENDALE — For many newer physicians, a heart stent operation is a challenge, doctors at Glendale Adventist Medical Center said.
Installing a stent opens arteries to maximize blood flow, and on this particular patient on Friday, the interventional cardiologist, Hugo Riffel-Dalinger, was operating on arteries that were 2 millimeters wide, and among the cardiovascular system's most important, he said.
"That's what keeps us going," he said, pointing to the beating heart on a computer monitor. "The heart is an engine … and our job is to keep the injectors clean."
Of 5,800 hospitals, Glendale Adventist has recently joined 400 centers as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, a distinction from Blue Shield of California designed for operating rooms known for comprehensive and quality care, officials said.
For hospital staff, it's a status that celebrates a high volume of quality care, said Robert Marchuk, vice president of ancillary services at Glendale Adventist.