Walnut Hill Medical Center sees 100th open heart patient

On August 25, 2015, Walnut Hill Medical Center (WHMC), a new 8-story, 100-bed full service hospital, performed its 100th open heart procedure. The hospital performed their first open heart case in July 2014, less than three months after opening.

“We have created a remarkable program by combining physician, clinician, and patient input for an excellent outcome and experience. We built this program to provide our community with a facility that provides both high quality cardiac care and patientcentered customer service.” said Cory Countryman, WHMC’s chief executive officer.

Heralded by Forbes as “The Hospital Steve Jobs Would have Built,” WHMC features an open design and all patient rooms are bathed in natural light including floor-to-ceiling windows that allow patients to see outside surroundings, which in turn help with the healing process. Each suite includes a recliner chair and a sofa that quickly converts to a twin bed, enabling a family member to comfortably stay with their loved one overnight.

“I am proud to be able to provide care to patients at Walnut Hill Medical Center,” says Dr. Melvin Platt, cardiothoracic surgeon who performed the 100th open heart patient at WHMC. “The care that my patients receive before and after their procedure is very important to me, I am glad there is a facility that provides patientcentered care from admission to discharge. While I was honored to perform the 100th open heart case, Dr. Carl Henry has equally contributed to the success of WHMC’s open heart program.”

WHMC was recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award for “Overall Emergency Department Patient Experience” for Medium Sized hospitals by HealthStream, Inc. Walnut Hill Medical Center is the only hospital in Texas to receive a HealthStream Excellence through Insight award for overall Emergency Department Patient Experience.

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