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Leading Pittsburgh Heart Surgeon Joins Cardiovascular Team at Forbes Regional Hospital

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

MONROEVILLE - Ronald V. Pellegrini, MD, formerly Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery at UPMC-Passavant, has joined the Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, part of the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS).

Dr. Pellegrini, a well-known leader in heart surgery in the Pittsburgh region for many years, will join the surgical team led by Michael Culig, MD. The Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes is affiliated with the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute and offers residents of Pittsburgh’s East Suburbs and Westmoreland County state-of-the-art cardiac care in a community setting close to home.

“We are very happy to have a surgeon of Dr. Pellegrini’s caliber join the team at Forbes,” said George J. Magovern Jr., MD, Chairman of the West Penn Allegheny Health System Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute. “In just a few years, the cardiac surgery program at Forbes has gained a national reputation for providing the highest levels of patient care.  The addition of Dr. Pellegrini will serve to further strengthen this outstanding program.”

Prior to serving at UPMC Passavant, Dr. Pellegrini was also Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery for UPMC Health Systems and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is also clinical assistant professor of surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,  where he received Faculty of the Year awards three times.

A native of Monongahela, Dr. Pellegrini graduated from Washington and Jefferson College and Jefferson Medical College. He completed his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University Hospital of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has authored many publications and made numerous presentations focusing on valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafts and other thoracic surgery topics.

The Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes Hospital promotes a one-stop approach to cardiac surgery. Patients stay in the same room throughout their course of treatment, giving them and their families the opportunity to bond with staff and leading to an enhanced patient experience.

The open-heart surgery program received the highest quality rating, from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2010, placing it in the top 12% of rated cardiac surgery programs in the nation. It was also designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pittsburgh.

The Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular Center staff are trained in Operational Excellence, an adaptation of the Toyota Production System by the Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence at St.  Vincent College in Latrobe. The results of a pilot program at Forbes were featured in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Applying Toyota principles at Forbes led to risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates substantially lower than regional averages, and patient satisfaction rates that are consistently in the top one percent nationally.

In addition to open-heart surgery, the Ed Dardanell Heart and Vascular center offers a wide variety of comprehensive heart services such as cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology and invasive peripheral vascular procedures including interventions. The Center also includes a cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU), accredited stroke and chest pain centers, diagnostic testing (stress testing, echocardiography, EKGs), an electrophysiology (EP) lab and a telemetry unit.



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