Issue 25, August 25, 2022
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
The Roads to Health Equity are Under Construction
Experts from across the healthcare industry will present strategies in place to ensure high-quality, culturally competent, equitable care. They will discuss current initiatives, policy priorities and long-term goals. Join this panel to learn more about data collection and how it affects the direction of numerous pathways under construction.
Taj Mustapha, M.D.
Chief of Equity Strategy
M Health Fairview
Director, Health Equity and Advocacy Relations
Principal, Patient Health & Equity Lead
September 14, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Atrium Health Breaks Ground with New Minimally-Invasive Heart Valve Surgery
A team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at Atrium Health's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute has become just the second medical team in the world to replace a diseased mitral valve by implanting an advanced version of a transcatheter mitral valve replacement system. Atrium Health, an integrated, non-profit health system based in Charlotte, NC is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
The new artificial valve replacement procedure is performed in a minimally invasive way, eliminating the need for major heart surgery. Doctors make a small incision in the femoral vein in the thigh and feed the device through the blood vessel. The team uses advanced imaging techniques to guide them to the location of the mitral valve. The procedure only takes about 90 minutes and most patients can expect to be mobile the next day.
Dr. Michael Rinaldi, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Structural Heart Program at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, said, "With its advanced design, this new valve system is easy to deploy and stays in place. We hope it will prove to be a breakthrough. It holds promise for patients with advanced mitral valve disease, many of whom are elderly and for whom conventional heart surgery is not recommended."
Baxter Taking Steps to Improve Kidney Health in the Black Community
Baxter International, Inc., a Healthcare Leadership Council member, has announced an expansion of its partnership with international not-for-profit organization The Links, which is comprised of more than 17,000 Black women and women of African descent, to continue bringing awareness and resources for the disproportionate challenges affecting Black Americans related to kidney health.
Black adults in the United States are three times more likely to develop kidney failure than their white counterparts, and COVID-19 has compounded the issue by introducing exceptional challenges to care for kidney patients. Last year, Baxter and The Links launched their partnership to create intervention-based programs focused on the prevention, detection and management of chronic kidney disease, helping more than 51,000 people in receiving kidney health awareness and education resources.
Guillermo Amezcua, general manager of Baxter's U.S. renal business, said, "Our momentum with The Links has been powerful. By focusing on one health condition and partnering with trusted community members to help educate and inform, we've been able to provide important awareness and resources for kidney health. We are taking our learnings from the first year combined with strategic funding to broaden the impact of this partnership in existing locations while also expanding our reach to new communities."