Our Services

Cardiac Surgery

The Cardiac Surgery Department at Wheeling Hospital was established in 1994 and performs approximately 375 open heart surgeries annually. The multidisciplined team of specially trained health care professionals and cardiovascular surgeons is committed to providing personalized medical care through a balance of technology, education and spiritual support. Two cardiovascular operating suites offer the surgeons the highest degree of technology to perform coronary bypass surgery, and valve replacements, edoscopic vein harvesting (a minimally invasive way to harvest the leg vein for bypass grafting allowing faster healing and a more comfortable recovery), MAZE ablation therapy and TRM (transmyocardial laser revascularization).

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) contains a suite of rooms dedicated just for cardiac patients. The suite provides more resources and dedicated nurses who are highly trained in coronary care.

The cardiovascular intensive care unit currently has eight beds and the cardiovascular step-down has 12 beds. The average length of stay following heart surgery is three days.

Service area includes Southeastern Ohio to Zanesville/Cambridge/ Marietta/ Steubenville, and the West Virginia Northern Panhandle south to Tyler County. Patient volume is split between Ohio and West Virginia, however, the unit has performed surgery on patients from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Tennessee and Alabama, as well as from the Philippines.

Advancements

Advanced therapies in the unit include intra-aortic balloon pump therapy, and ventricular help for the failing heart with the ventricular assist device. In addition, dialysis in the SICU are offered for patients with renal failure.

Careers

Those interested in cardiac surgery nursing or surgical technologies as a career may contact the Nursing Education Department at 304-243-3946.

Information

For more information on the cardiac surgery program at Wheeling Hospital, please call 304-243-2985.

Balance of Support

Balance of Support

The Cardiac Surgery Department at Wheeling Hospital performs approximately 375 open heart surgeries annually. The multidisciplined team of specially trained health care professionals and cardiovascular surgeons is committed to providing personalized medical care through a balance of technology, education and spiritual support.