Emanuel Medical Center Becomes Early Adopter Of Dissolving Stents
Emanuel was the first hospital in the San Joaquin Valley between Sacramento and Fresno to start using Absorb stents, which were approved by the FDA in July.
The Modesto Bee:
Dissolving Heart Stent Debuts At Emanuel Medical Center In Turlock
Dr. Ali Reza implanted a heart stent in a patient last month that will perform a disappearing act after the artery is healed. The procedure was done at Turlock’s Emanuel Medical Center, one of the first hospitals to use what could be the next generation of stents to treat heart disease. Emanuel’s recent announcement has already sparked debate over how widely the stents will be used at hospitals in the region. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in July, the dissolving stent placed in a diseased coronary artery is absorbed by the body over three years, and reduces the chances of further blockage that can cause a heart attack, Emanuel said. (Carlson, 11/17)
In other news from across the state —
Fresno Council Backs New Strategy To Clean Up Slum Housing
The Fresno City Council on Thursday night adopted a new division of code enforcement dedicated to attacking substandard housing. The resolution authored by Councilmen Clint Olivier and Steve Brandau was approved by a 5-2 vote. It is their solution to a problem Mayor Ashley Swearengin has vowed to fix before she leaves office at year’s end. It consists of two initiatives: an Anti-Slumlord Enforcement Team and Landlord-Tenant Ombudsman. Councilmen Oliver Baines and Sal Quintero voted against the Brandau/Olivier proposal, but applauded their efforts to try to address landlords who allow health and safety problems to linger in their rental units. (Castillo and Sheehan, 11/17)