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2021 Pillar Award Recipients


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Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

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Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is situated in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The Roanoke campus includes the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School and Research Institute. Since 1982 Roanoke Memorial has offered Cardiothoracic Surgery and now, with the creation of the Cardiovascular Institute, considers it one of their signature services. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is in the process of building a new 400,000 sq.ft. tower to house the Cardiovascular Institute.

Our staff of five perfusionists has always been committed to delivering the highest quality of care possible while following our mission statement - to improve the health of the communities we serve. The perfusion team by promoting cohesiveness and open communication with a mutual respect for one another sets an example for teamwork. Our strongest attribute is the ability to evaluate, embrace and implement change utilizing evidence-based medicine and goal directed perfusion. We fully believe in a coherent QC/QI program monitored by peer review. We are grateful for a supportive administration.

We are very pleased and honored to be a recipient of the AmSECT Pillar Award. It brings well deserved attention and appreciation within our hospital to an incredibly dedicated team.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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The Perfusion Department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a team dedicated to providing safe and quality care to every patient, from the tiniest neonate up to the adult congenital patient. Within our institution we are not only responsible for conducting cardiopulmonary bypass in the operating room but also for managing ventricular assist devices and for cardiac ECMO support. In addition, we currently serve as a clinical affiliate for three perfusion education programs.

Our team recognizes the important role we play in the outcome of our patients.  As a result, our department is always looking for ways to optimize patient care- through continuing education, research, as well as quality assurance and quality improvement programs.  We also take great pride in being heavily involved in professional societies and contributing to the advancement of the pediatric perfusion knowledge base.

The Pillar Award is a reflection of our dedication to the field of cardiovascular perfusion and to the great responsibilities of the profession. We are committed to demonstrating continued excellence because we know that is what our patients and their families deserve.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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The Department of Cardiovascular Perfusion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is composed of eight hard working perfusionist dedicated to our patients, our institution, and our profession. The team’s ongoing commitment to practice performance evaluation, quality assurance, and practice improvement has helped us develop into a strong, team led department. A focus on practice, guided by AmSECT’s Standards and Guidelines for Pediatric Perfusion, has steered us toward our successful application for the Pillar Award. While this award is a great honor for our department, it would not have been achieved without the significant support provided CCHMC’s Heart Institute Leadership. James Tweddell, Andrew Redington, and Mark McDonald provide exemplary leadership, financial, and clinical support to our department. Without those resources and alignment with CCHMC’s institutional values and mission, it would not have been possible to achieve this recognition. We would like to thank those individuals responsible for developing and launching the Pillar Award, both those known and those behind the scenes.

Thank you,

Braley Hendrix
Jim Reagor
Leslie Gonzalez
Rob Ferguson
Sean Clingan
Shelly Walters
Tom Klein
Zach Wilkes

Duke University Hospital

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Duke Perfusion Services provides superior patient care to over 3000 patients a year while cultivating a culture of teamwork, safety, integrity, diversity, and innovation. Duke Perfusion is one of the largest perfusion teams in the country. Scope of practice includes cardiopulmonary bypass, extracorporeal support, mechanical circulatory support, and autotransfusion for adult and pediatric patients.  Areas of expertise include major aortic surgery, advanced heart failure, heart and lung transplantation, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, blood conservation, surgical oncology, and complex congenital surgery. Duke Perfusion supports OCS/Transmedics heart procurements, inter-hospital ECMO and VAD transports, and intraoperative apheresis. The Duke Perfusion Team is devoted to our community providing perfusion services for Duke Regional Hospital and engaging in multiple outreach and service initiatives each year. 

Duke Perfusionists are committed to advancing the profession through leadership in education, quality, research, and collaboration.  Duke Perfusion Faculty are clinical instructors affiliated with four perfusion schools and host over twenty perfusion students each year from Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), State University of New York Upstate Medical College (SUNY), Midwestern University, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Perfusion student rotations include both adult and pediatric perfusion as well as a specialized ECMO elective. The department hosts many courses and trainings including high fidelity simulation. The team is active in clinical, laboratory, and animal research, routinely presents regionally, nationally, and internationally in addition to being widely published. Perfusion Faculty are active members in professional societies such as NCSP, AmSECT, AACP, ELSO, ASAIO, ISHLT, AATS and STS.

Mayo Clinic

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The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) Perfusion team consists of 23 perfusionists who support 3,500+ cardiovascular surgery cases and care for over 100 ECMO patients annually. The team provides care for the neonate to adult populations and performs a wide variety of cases including congenital corrections, heart and lung transplants, VAD insertions, and complex aortic procedures. Outside of operating the heart-lung machine the group has active roles in HIPEC/HILPs, veno-venous liver bypass, AngioVac, and inter-hospital transport of critically ill patients.

The AmSECT Pillar Award highlights a perfusion groups’ organization, safety, training, dedication to quality improvement, and commitment to the field of cardiovascular perfusion. Every member of our perfusion group believes in these values and works together as a team to achieve them. It is an honor to receive the AmSECT Pillar Award because it shows that the hard work the team puts in every day is being supported and recognized by our national society and perfusion community. We hope that in the future more perfusion groups will strive to achieve this prestigious award.

Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Nationwide Children’s Hospital perfusion department consists of 6 Perfusionists, 3 ECMO Coordinators and robust bedside ECMO and MCS teams. Our team has been working toward standardization of perfusion practices within our team for five years.  We have an advanced Quality & Safety program that begins with a highly technical electronic medical record that incorporates safety alerts in real-time for the Perfusionist. At the end of each case, the primary Perfusionist receives a compliance report that evaluates the adherence to our protocol ranges for clinical practices. Monthly, we review our performance as a team, with the ultimate goal of standardized practices among our team. Our ECMO team is working toward decreasing the time from activation to initiating ECMO support. The leadership team meets to review each activation and implement process measure interventions to continue decreasing our time as an institution. These are just a few Quality and Safety initiatives within our department.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Perfusion team’s Mission Statement states: working together as a team, we will achieve the Safest and Best Outcomes by utilizing current equipment, techniques and medical knowledge. This pillar award validates the hard work our team has put into becoming a preeminent center for Cardiovascular Perfusion. We are honored to be part of AmSECT and humbled to receive this award. 

AmSECT Membership Eligibility

An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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