Special event reunites heart patients with providers

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press, www.timesfreepress.com

Physicians, nurses and patients got a rare opportunity to reconvene post-procedure at CHI Memorial's Tuesday evening reunion of patients who received transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR).

In the busy world of health care, it's not often that providers get to see the outcome of their work, Mary Ann Hickman, a heart valve program nurse navigator at Memorial, said during her speech to a room full of former TAVR patients and their families.

"My heart feels like it's exploding tonight, because I just get to see the patients that were touched at Memorial," Hickman said. "We're here to celebrate life."

In 2011, Memorial's Chattanooga Heart Institute was one of 24 locations in the nation selected to perform the first-of-its-kind procedure. Today, the hospital has performed nearly 300 procedures on patients ranging from age 32 to 97.

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