Photo of the procedure room for TAVR.

The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently held a ribbon cutting and open house for its newly installed TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) program. The by invitation ribbon cutting and open house was attended by a healthy crowd. COO Joe Rudisill gave the welcome and introduced Rao Musunuru, MD, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who presented a history of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and its commitment to heart programs.

Chief Medical Officer Joseph Pino, MD, MBA, introduced the distinguished TAVR team:

  • Keshav Ramireddy, MD, Medical Director of the Valve Clinic and the TAVR Program
  • Rami Akel, MD
  • Mowaffak Atfeh, MD
  • Marshall DeSantis, MD
  • Narayana Rattehalli, MD
  • Michael Wahl, MD
  • Vivian Maynes, RN, BSN, serves as heart valve navigator

The crowd gathers as the first patient, Ron Bixler, who received the first TAVR procedure at RMCBP, cuts the ribbon.

To learn more about the TAVR procedure, contact Vivian Maynes, RN, BSN, Heart Valve Navigator at 727-819-2969, or talk to your physician.