The Norma and Evert Person Heart & Vascular Institute
At Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
Advanced cardiac care. Pioneering therapies. Close to home.
For more than 40 years, the Norma and Evert Person Heart & Vascular Institute has remained at the forefront of new advances in cardiovascular medicine. Our cardiologists use state-of-the-art technology to identify heart disease earlier and more accurately than ever before. As the area's leading heart center, we treat more patients with cardiovascular disease than any other facility in Coastal Northern California. Our doctors and nurses performed more than 13,000 cardiac procedures last year.
Our highly-trained physicians and cardiac surgeons are skilled in advanced technologies ranging from non-invasive diagnostic tests to complex bypass procedures. Memorial is the only hospital in Sonoma County where TAVR, mitral valve clips and the Watchman procedure (left atrial appendage closure) are available. Our cardiac team includes triple board certified cardiologists and surgeons, as well as specially trained technicians and cardiac nurses.
Such high volume and specialized training gives our cardiac team a level of expertise that is unparalleled in the region.
Local expert care means a greater chance of a full recovery.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Renovation & Expansion
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s commitment to remain the preeminent cardiac and vascular program north of San Francisco is the reason we are investing in three new catheterization labs. Philanthropic support for this project has been crucial in our ability to continue to provide the finest interventional care in the region.
Memorial's EP lab is an operating room within the hospital where electrophysiology studies and certain cardiac procedures are performed. These procedures include insertion of defibrillators, cardiac ablations, insertion of the Watchman device and closure of the Patent Foramen Oval. Santa Rosa Memorial is the only hospital in the North Bay region which performs any of these procedures. Our EP Lab and its equipment require updating. The equipment is nearing its end-of-life and is no longer supported by the manufacturer. Construction will begin in mid-2023 and completion is expected in early 2024.
Transaortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Memorial is the only hospital in the North Coast region where TAVR is available. TAVR is a minimally invasive, alternative treatment option for patients who are not candidates for open heart surgery. It’s estimated that up to 70% of patients may be eligible for the procedure. Philanthropy has played a crucial role in providing the leading-edge equipment needed for TAVR and other cardiac procedures.
Our Philanthropic Needs
Cardiac Cath Lab RenovationOver 80% of the region’s emergency heart attack patients are treated at our cath labs. The cath lab modernization will allow us to continue to provide the finest cardiac care in the area as well as offering new treatment options to our community.
Nuclear CameraNuclear imaging generates details on both function and anatomic structure of the body that is often unobtainable from other procedures. These images are used to diagnose many medical conditions and diseases – including those that affect the heart, brain, kidney, thyroid, breast and bone.