Yakima Heart Center
We pride ourselves in the values of: Patient Satisfaction, Positive Employee Culture, Integrity, Honesty, Respect, Teamwork, Excellence, and Valuing Diversity.
Some would ask why we fought to bring the latest cardiac medical advances to this small rural community, when patients could travel two or three hours to receive care in larger metropolitan areas. The answer is simple—our patients and their families are here. We know that patients are more successful when the care they need is close at hand, support is all around them, and they are comfortable and familiar with the physicians providing their care. Since the beginning, our focus has been on how we can improve the lives of our patients.
We’ve also been asked why our physicians, trained at the top medical schools in the country, would choose to dedicate their careers in Yakima. Again the answer is very simple. We chose Yakima for the quality of life, the quality of the community and the opportunity to build a cardiac program that has direct benefits to those around us. Our physicians could have practiced in large, renowned training hospitals, where patients are a number—we chose to know our patients by name.
The Yakima Heart Center has pioneered cardiovascular care in the Central Washington since the late 1960s. For nearly 40 years, we were the only cardiovascular practice in the Yakima Valley, which led to cooperation within the medical community and the rapid advancement of cardiac care for our patients. The standard of care, continual reduction in mortality rates, and improvement of quality of life for patients with cardiovascular disease—in a community the size of Yakima—is due in large part to the innovation and dedication of our physicians. Below are a few contributions the Yakima Heart Center has made in bringing advanced cardiac medicine to the Yakima Valley.
- Began the first cardiology-internal medicine group in Yakima
- Trained ambulance drivers as paramedics to reduce heart attack mortalities
- Began training and fighting to bring cardiac catheterization to Yakima
- Brought new technology, “angiography,” to Yakima
- Brought the first cardiovascular exercise or “stress” testing to Central Washington
- Designed the Valley’s first cardiac care unit at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
- Won the battle to bring Cardiac Artery Bypass surgery to Yakima
- Implanted the first pacemaker in Yakima
- Officially founded the Yakima Heart Center
- Started the first echocardiography in Central Washington
- Began 2D echocardiography
- Offered the first angioplasty in Central Washington
- Began first outpatient Phase Two Cardiac Rehab in Central Washington
- Started the first Lipid Clinic in Central Washington
- Began computerizing medical records
- Began transesophageal echocardiography
- Championed the use of Intravascular Ultrasound well before it became standard
- Became nationally-recognized for short door-to-balloon time in a rural community
- Began radial approach for cardiac catheterization
- Became nationally accredited for echo, nuclear, and vascular labs
- Championed the idea of physician assistants in cardiology office
- Began service partnership with Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital to continue building and growing the latest cardiovascular advances in Yakima
- Became the last independent cardiovascular practice in Washington State
- Began electrophysiology practice in Yakima.