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WellSpan cardiologists hit the international stage, broadcast live procedures from York

Friday, July 27, 2018

Pictured are William Nicholson, M.D. (green surgical gown), and James Harvey, M.D. (far left), preparing for an interventional cardiology procedure at WellSpan York Hospital that was broadcast live to an international conference of cardiovascular specialists assembled in Denver, Colo.

WellSpan York Hospital is one of just five U.S. sites featured at Denver cardiovascular conference

Eyes from around the world were on WellSpan York Hospital this afternoon, as two WellSpan interventional cardiologists successfully completed two complex, minimally invasive procedures during a live broadcast to an international conference of cardiovascular specialists.

William Nicholson, M.D., and James Harvey, M.D., both of WellSpan Cardiology, performed the two cases. Both procedures were live-streamed and broadcast to the Cardiovascular Innovations 2018 conference, held in Denver, Colo.

WellSpan York Hospital was one of only five hospitals in the nation scheduled to be featured as a live case site, with hospitals from as far away as France and Italy also broadcasting cases to the three-day conference.

“This is another example of WellSpan staying on the cutting-edge of advancements in procedures, technology and education in the field of interventional cardiology,” Nicholson said. “WellSpan York Hospital is on the map for advanced cardiovascular care, and we’re internationally recognized for our interventional cardiology program. People around the world want to see the great things we are doing here on a daily basis.”

Nicholson and Harvey performed two procedures simultaneously that were broadcast live to the conference attendees. One complex procedure involved a coronary artery revascularization technique Nicholson has been touted as first in the country to perform, which involves cauterizing through a blockage in a chronic total occlusions (CTO), or completely blocked artery. The second procedure included the placement of a stent and required the use of an advanced device to assist the patient’s heart during the procedure.

Both minimally-invasive procedures were performed on patients who suffer from complex coronary artery disease. The expertise of Nicholson and Harvey in percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as stenting, played a major role in WellSpan York Hospital’s selection as a conference broadcast site.

“We’re honored to showcase the outstanding expertise of our interventional cardiology team as they provide one of WellSpan York Hospital’s signature services,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan Health and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “Their ability to produce excellent outcomes – even with the most challenging cases – is a testament to their skill, professionalism and patient-centered approach. This great work is being done every day at WellSpan York Hospital, so our patients can receive this internationally-recognized care close to home.”

The Cardiovascular Innovations conference is touted as “a world-class meeting focused on state-of-the-art therapy for peripheral, coronary, and structural heart disease” with “live case transmissions by the world’s leading operators in the United States and Europe.” The focus of the conference is innovative health care solutions for patients.

For more information on WellSpan Heart and Vascular services, visit www.WellSpan.org/Heart.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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