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WellSpan York Hospital broadcasts live cardiac procedures to international conference

November 03, 2016



W. Jay Nicholson, M.D., left, and his son, William Nicholson, M.D., both of WellSpan Cardiology, this week performed a cardiac procedure side-by-side at WellSpan York Hospital before an international audience of more than 12,000 watching via live broadcast.

Father-son pair of cardiologists among those selected for the honor

It’s not often that cardiologists have an exclusive opportunity to demonstrate their skills to thousands of their peers at once from around the world. But that’s exactly what a father-son duo of interventional cardiologists did at WellSpan York Hospital this week.

William Nicholson, M.D., and his father, W. Jay Nicholson, M.D., both of WellSpan Cardiology, performed a cardiac procedure side-by-side at the hospital, with an international audience of more than 12,000 watching via live broadcast.

WellSpan York Hospital was one of only about 15 sites internationally, and one of two on the East Coast, selected to have procedures by the father-son duo and others broadcast during the Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s prestigious Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference.

“This is as big of a stage as it gets in this field of care,” said William Nicholson, noting that the experience of working alongside his father during a live broadcast is unique. “I don’t think that has ever been done before. To be with my father – sharing the high quality of work performed regularly to help WellSpan York Hospital patients – it’s truly an honor.”

The annual TCT conference, which wrapped up yesterday in Washington, is touted as the world’s largest and most important educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine. For more than 25 years, the conference has provided educational content to cardiologists and other health care professionals from around the world. The focus is on showcasing the latest advances in current therapies and clinical research.

As part of the conference, cardiologists at WellSpan York Hospital performed several procedures that were broadcast live to the conference attendees. These included the treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTO), or completely blocked arteries, through percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as stenting. CTO treatment expertise played a major role in WellSpan York Hospital’s selection as a conference broadcast site.

During the procedures, WellSpan cardiologists demonstrated alternative treatment techniques, which can be used for untraditional, highly complex cases.

“Being selected as a live case presentation site highlights something we have known for some time – that WellSpan York Hospital has a tradition of outstanding, innovative cardiovascular care,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan Health and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “It’s humbling to think that our doctors are teaching physicians around the world about procedures we are doing right here, ensuring the residents of York County can receive state-of-the-art care without having to leave their community.”

This is just the latest honor for WellSpan York Hospital’s cardiovascular program.

In June, WellSpan York Hospital announced that it was first in Pennsylvania to achieve Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The hospital attained the distinction following SCPC’s multifaceted accreditation process, which examined areas such as early stabilization, acute care and community outreach.

For more information about the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference, visit www.crf.org/tct. For more information on WellSpan Heart and Vascular services, visit www.WellSpan.org/HV.

About Cardiovascular Research Foundation
The Cardiovascular Research Foundation is a nonprofit research and educational organization dedicated to helping doctors improve survival and quality of life for people suffering from heart and vascular disease. For over 25 years, CRF has helped pioneer innovations in interventional cardiology and has educated doctors on the latest treatments for heart disease.

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 1,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 130 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.