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Sanford Advances Heart Care Introducing the new Impella Heart Pump Device

Sanford USD Medical Center announces advancement in heart care by utilizing the world’s smallest heart pump.

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center announces advancement in heart care by utilizing the world’s smallest heart pump. Adam Stys, MD and Tomasz Stys, MD recently placed the Abiomed’s Impella 2.5 heart pump in the first patient in South Dakota. The device has been used to treat conditions such as acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), cardiogenic shock and low output syndrome. Impella 2.5 is a breakthrough technology that offers physicians at Sanford a minimally invasive approach in cardiac treatment.

“The minimally invasive world of interventional cardiology is ever changing. We would be able to save more lives in the catheterization lab that would not have been saved before with this new technology,” stated Dr. Adam Stys, Sanford cardiologist.

The Impella 2.5 is a cardiac assist device which is inserted using a catheter placed into a blood vessel in the cardiac catheterization lab, providing patients with up to 2.5 liters of blood flow per minute. It is seamless and immediate support for critical patients who need increased blood flow immediately.

“Adding this technology will mean more opportunities for our patients to receive less invasive procedures, especially for our heart patients. Less invasive treatments mean smaller incisions, and they continue to replace many major operations. Minimally invasive procedures allow for a much quicker recovery,” added Dr. Stys.

The new Sanford Heart Hospital will also include up to three hybrid operating rooms (where complex cardiovascular procedures can be done less invasively, with a luxury of immediate conversion to classical surgery) when it opens in 2012. These complex suites will be the largest operating rooms built by Sanford.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Belize and Ireland.

Sanford Health includes 32 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 900 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 20,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. This gift is making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. For more information, visit

Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Manager | Sioux Falls Region
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