International Heart Institute of Montana

At Providence St. Patrick Hospital

International Heart Institute provides the full spectrum of cardiac care, including open-heart surgery, vascular surgery, interventional and electrophysiology and various heart health programs.
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Since its inception in 1995, under the inspirational vision of the late Dr. Carlos Durán, the International Heart Institute at Providence St. Patrick Hospital has established itself as a premier facility for excellence in cardiology, serving Montana, surrounding regions and beyond. This reputation of excellence has engendered demand from our growing region. Accordingly, that demand has created capacity and access issues, inviting an exciting and necessary opportunity to shift to an outpatient platform in support of the thriving IHI clinical programs.

 The construction of this facility provides room for program growth and development—allowing us to continue to adapt to future needs in patient care, taking it 20 years into the future and allowing our physicians to continue to develop the clinical programs that patients are seeking to access. The new medical facility will support anticipated growth for decades to come with multiple benefits including:

  • Consolidated cardiac clinics and echo cardiology services
  • 23-hour Observation Unit
  • Expanded Echocardiography Department to allow on site Trans-Esophageal Echos
  • Designated onsite Catheterization Labs
  • Expanded Vascular Surgery services
  • Increased number of exam rooms to improve access for patients and reduce wait times for appointments.

This expansion will allow for outpatient clinic growth and innovative design for the ambulatory setting, re-shaping health care to ensure access to IHI team excellence, just as Dr. Duran envisioned. 

 

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International Heart Institute, Cardiac Excellence

Our Impact

 

At the International Heart Institute of Montana, we bring together an expert team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and others to perform advanced cardiac procedures and search for new and improved ways to treat heart disease.

Cardiac Catheterization Suite

IHI offers the latest technology with a new Cardiac Catheterization hybrid suite specially-equipped for performing percutaneous valve replacements ensuring our patients receive advanced, collaborative cardiac care.

Cath Observation Unit Expansion

The new Cardiac Catheterization Observation Unit allows for more efficient patient flow, before and after, diagnostics and life-saving procedures. With additional rooms, pre- and post-op patients can stay longer and don't need to be admitted to the hospital.

3D Echocardiogram Machine

With the addition of the Philips EPIQ 7 Echocardiogram Machine, our IHI providers are able to treat and diagnose 1,300 more patients every year and will allow physicians to read and scan 3-4 more patients every day.

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Spirit of Compassion

 

I was born with a heart murmur and after feeling sluggish and tired for weeks, was referred to Deborah "Deb" Sybrant a Physician's Assistant at IHI. Quickly she realized further testing was needed and recommended an echo, my first of many. The echo determined I needed my aorta replaced and my valves repaired, with open heart surgery. As a former chaplain I knew many at St. Pat’s. The day after my surgery, Deb and 32 employees, past and present, filled my room. The spirit of compassion and care lives in the walls of that hospital. Without the technology and my heart team, I wouldn’t be here today. The echo machine discovered my critical need for open heart surgery. Deb, my surgeons, and that machine, saved my life.

 

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