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Redeemer Health Expands Cardiovascular Care with Advanced Treatment for Arrhythmias

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Meadowbrook, PA —  April 22, 2021 — Redeemer Health, a fully integrated health system serving patients across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, announced the expansion of its cardiovascular services at Holy Redeemer Hospital to include treatment with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices, and leadless pacemakers. The new device therapy options augment Redeemer Health’s offerings for treatment of dangerous heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias.

In February, the Pennsylvania Department of Health granted Holy Redeemer Hospital’s request to implant ICDs, which are designed to prevent an at-risk person fr­om dying suddenly ­from an arrhythmia. Redeemer Health began offering ICD evaluation, placement and management later that month.

“Arrhythmias can have an immense impact on one’s quality of life,” says Dr. Harpaul Sandu, a board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist, echocardiologist and nuclear cardiologist who has led Redeemer Health’s efforts to adopt ICD technology since joining its cardiology department in 2020. “I’m excited to be able to offer this procedure that may provide immediate and dramatic relief from a potentially life-threatening problem, right here at Holy Redeemer Hospital.” 

“We always strive to put those we care for first in our decision making,” said Dr. Kevin Lax, a board-certified specialist in cardiovascular disease at Redeemer Health affiliate Doylestown Health Cardiology. “As a community-based, patient-centric organization, we can provide high-quality, technically advanced care for a wide variety of conditions in an environment that is still compassionate and caring. By adding ICDs, CRT, and leadless pacemakers, Redeemer Health expands its ability to offer the best possible care to patients with advanced heart failure.”

Dr. John J. Green, a board-certified specialist in electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease at Doylestown Health Cardiology, noted, “I am very thankful for the ability to provide additional device therapy options in the management of arrhythmias. We expect to improve a patient’s quality life through the use of CRT devices and look forward to providing protection against sudden cardiac death with ICDs.”

Dr. C. V. Kishan, the director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Holy Redeemer Hospital and a board certified cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology physician with the Pennsylvania Heart and Vascular Group explains, “As cardiologists, we have the privilege of alleviating sickness and making a difference in people’s lives every day. Our providers work hard to keep up with new technology and advanced treatments. With this procedure we now have a greater opportunity to prevent sudden deaths in appropriate patients and reduce morbidity and mortality.”

About Redeemer Health

With a calling to care, comfort and heal, Redeemer Health continues the commitment to provide high-quality, compassionate care that its founders, the Sisters of the Redeemer, established in our region in 1924. Today, Redeemer Health exists to care without limit, offering a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including acute care and an accredited cancer program at Holy Redeemer Hospital, home health and hospice services, three skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, a transitional housing program for homeless women and children and an Intellectual Disabilities Program. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Redeemer Health is a Catholic healthcare provider serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 11 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County.