Published on October 09, 2019

MCMC, Penn Medicine Announce Cardiovascular Surgery Program

The collaboration will expand access to cardiovascular care for patients

Penn-MCMC logoDARBY, PA– (October 9, 2019) – Mercy Catholic Medical Center and Penn Medicine have announced a collaboration to implement a cardiovascular surgery program at the Mercy Fitzgerald Campus. The program, which will feature the latest in cardiovascular surgical techniques and clinical research, enables the health systems to better serve patients in need of high-quality cardiovascular care in Delaware and Chester counties.

“We are excited to announce this collaboration with Penn Medicine. Through collaborative initiatives, we will work to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to the residents of Delaware County,” said Deon W. Vigilance, MD, program lead and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mercy Catholic Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Penn Medicine.

A key piece of this collaboration is expanding patient access to a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic valve stenosis, and robotic cardiac surgery. Patients can access the services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing them to receive timely consultations from cardiothoracic surgical experts.

“This collaboration with Mercy Fitzgerald will help to ensure patients in Darby, and communities throughout Delaware County, have access to advanced clinical and surgical cardiac care,” said Michael Acker, MD, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Penn Heart and Vascular Center. “Additionally, we have the opportunity to bolster the excellent cardiac care delivered by the team at Chester County Hospital, and offer patients with severe aortic stenosis the option to undergo a highly-effective, non-surgical procedure much closer to their home.”

"At Mercy Fitzgerald our care is as personalized as it is advanced," says Dr. Vigilance. "Through our partnership with Penn Medicine patients will now have access to both Mercy Fitzgerald and Penn campuses, making continuity of care more seamless. We hope the benefit to our patients will be less disruption, allowing them to access a full range of care right in their own backyard."

For more information about the cardiovascular surgery program at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, call 484.494.6862.