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Aug 30: Cavanagh Heart Center

Steve Narang  

One of our key strategies in differentiating Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is creating a highly coordinated patient experience around the concept of institutes, where high-level clinical care, teaching and scholarly activity are integrated into one seamless patient care product. Clearly, cardiovascular sciences is already a strength at Good Sam, and is a program that is well positioned to take this journey for further differentiation.   Today, we have the pleasure of listening to the words of Lynn de Guzman, who is our CV Service Line leader, and a key driver for the incredible growth of our Cardiac Program thus far. So many possibilities ahead ...

Steve Narang, MD, is the chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The Cardiovascular Service Line at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, aka Cavanagh Heart Center

By Lynn de Guzman

In recognition of a generous donation provided by the late Harry J. Cavanagh we began to refer to CV Services at Good Sam as Cavanagh Heart Center in early 2010.  Over the last few years CV services has matured from a loosely organized group of procedures and departments to a collaborative, team-based, synergistic movement focused on becoming a top 10 cardiovascular center in the nation. Physicians in Cardiology, Cardiovascular Surgery, Electrophysiology, Vascular Surgery, Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Interventional Radiology work together through the Department of Cardiovascular Services. Nursing and ancillary departments from Cath Lab, CV OR, Cardiac ICU and PCU, Cardiac Rehab, and Non-invasive Cardiology (to name a few) form teams to implement and improve our care to patients based on our mission:

We will be recognized as a national leader in cardiovascular services at Banner Good Samaritan; providing state of the art clinical care, conducting innovative research, and achieving top decile patient outcomes.

Our goal is to provide a complete continuum of care that is wrapped around our patients. The patient and community should be at the “heart” of our efforts. To date, four programs have been developed, some more mature than others: Heart Failure Program, Vascular Program, Structural Heart Program, and Heart Rhythm Program. 

As Banner Good Samaritan moves to an Academic Medical Center, how does the Cavanagh Heart Center fit into the future? As Dr. Narang has explained there are three legs to the Institute for Cardiovascular Sciences:  Quaternary Care, Academia/Teaching, and Research.

Quaternary Care

  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD)*
  • Total Artificial Heart (1st patient likely this fall)*
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Custom Aortic Grafts*
  • Pulmonary Endarterectomy
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)*
  • Lariat Procedure
  • 3D Echocardiography
  • Cryoballoon ablation for AFib
  • Laser Lead Extraction
  • Ultrafiltration for Heart Failure*
  • Transitional Medicine*
  • Hybrid Maze procedure*
  • 2 Hybrid Operating Suites (second completed 12/13)
    *denotes collaboration between at least two subspecialties

Academia Teaching

  • Cardiology Fellowship
  • Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
  • Electrophysiology Fellowship (under development)
  • CME events
  • 3D echo measurement for TAVR developed by Dr. George Gellert
  • Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) courses with attendees from across the United States
  • Live cath cases broadcast to national/international cardiac conferences
  • Cavanagh Heart Clinic
  • Community Lectures
  • National and international physician observers for the Cryoballoon procedure


  • CoreValve Study (TAVR)*
  • Mitraclip Study (percutaneous repair of mitral valve)*
  • Stem cell Study (injection of stem cells to post-infarct myocardium)*
  • Afib studies (various options for patients with Afib)*
  • Our physicians have been published in Journal of Invasive Cardiology, EP Digest, Journal of Interventional  Cardiology, and other publications
  • Physician and nursing presentations at American Society of Echocardiography, Scientific Symposium of Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Scottsdale Research Festival
  • Ultrafiltration study
  • LVAD patients and depression/adaptability to device study
    *denotes national research trial

Cavanagh Heart Center has been the recipient of US News and World Report Top Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery for 12 years, is accredited for Heart Failure by the Healthcare Colloquium, was named to Becker’s Hospital Review List of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs,” and has Advanced Certification for VAD Destination Therapy from the Joint Commission.

For many years Cardiovascular Services at Banner Good Samaritan has maintained a high level of excellent care for the most complex patients in our region and has an enduring tradition of teaching future health care providers. As we embark on our journey as an academic medical center, our team is excited about expanding this work, increasing research opportunities and sharing our abilities with the nation as a top 10 cardiovascular center of excellence.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 839-2000
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