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Queen of the Valley Medical Center Receives Top Honors for Cardiac Care


Napa, CA – Queen of the Valley Medical Center has been recognized by Blue Shield of California as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care.  As a result, members covered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will see from this designation that the Queen has met or exceeded certain criteria that demonstrates reliability in delivering cardiac care and better overall outcomes for patients.

Queen of the Valley’s Regional Heart Center provides a full continuum of care for patients – from screening and prevention to early diagnosis, intervention, treatment and rehabilitation.  Its Trauma Center and emergency departments are equipped with dedicated cardiac rooms and specialists on duty 24 hours a day.

Queen of the Valley continually strives to be the leader in cardiac care.  Our cardiac team has a vast experience in vein harvesting, valve replacement, mitral valve repair and robotic assisted surgery.  Advanced techniques and instrumentation also allows our surgeons to operate on a beating heart without using a heart and lung bypass pump.  Queen of the Valley Medical Center uses this procedure in 90 percent of its open-heart surgeries, which is well above the national average.  The off-pump surgery means patients can go home in just a few days and are much less at risk for potentially serious problems commonly associated with open heart surgery, such as bleeding and strokes.

"Heart surgery has come a long way in the past 30 years. We can now tailor a surgery to an individual patient’s needs, which is a major reason for both our excellent clinical outcomes and in a patient’s quality of life after surgery." Said Dr. Robert Klingman, Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

The criteria for selection to the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program were developed with input from expert physician panels and national organizations and include a comprehensive evaluation of structure, process and outcome measures.  Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care provide a full range of cardiac care services including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery.  Each designated facility must have scored either 55 points or 45 target points and meet program requirement.


Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a catholic, non-profit medical campus located at 1000 Trancas Street in Napa.  The facility consists of a 191-bed hospital, outpatient centers for maternity and infant care, surgery and procedures, diagnostic imaging, and wellness/rehabilitation/health promotion.

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