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Published on February 13, 2012

Community Hospital's Tyler Heart Institute turns 5


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MONTEREY, Calif. — The eve of Valentine's Day marks the fifth anniversary of Tyler Heart Institute, which encompasses the broad range of cardiac services at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.

The day Tyler Heart Institute (THI) was formed, open-heart surgeries began at Community Hospital. In the last five years, about 800 open-heart surgeries have been performed at CHOMP and the hospital is now doing more than any other in the area, with exceptional outcomes.

"We saw a clear need for this level of service and we are meeting it, enabling area residents to get the care they need, close to home," says Mike Barber, RN, director of Tyler Heart Institute. "With Community Hospital's array of cardiac services, including pacemakers, defibrillators, stents, angiograms, and artery-opening balloons, we truly have the best lifesaving treatment right here."

Community Hospital has steadily enhanced its cardiac services over the last decade. In 2005, the hospital opened a cardiac catheterization lab and began performing invasive imaging procedures to accurately assess the severity of heart disease and plan appropriate treatment. In 2006, hospital staff began performing emergency cardiac interventions to treat heart attacks in progress.

In 2007, the open-heart surgery program launched under the direction of renowned surgeon Dr. Vincent Gaudiani, who was joined in 2009 by veteran surgeon Dr. Gregory Spowart; together, they have performed more than 20,000 open-heart surgeries in their careers. That same year, Dr. Richard Gray became medical director of THI, after more than three decades with organizations including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Two cardiac catheterization labs were opened in 2009 and the original catheterization lab was dedicated to electrophysiology, for detecting and treating irregular heart rhythms; the cath labs have served more than 7,800 patients. In 2011, the Cardiopulmonary Wellness program moved to the newly opened Peninsula Wellness Center in Marina, providing a state-of-the-art center for cardiac rehabilitation.

The creation of Tyler Heart Institute was made possible in large part by a significant donation from Monterey Peninsula residents William and Susanne Tyler.

"The Tylers' generosity," Barber says, "allows the hospital to explore future technologies and treatment strategies, to ensure that area residents continue to have access to the best in cardiac care at Community Hospital."



Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at

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