WellSpan Expands Cardiothoracic Surgical Coverage in Lebanon County

By: Colin Stayton
Friday, May 23, 2014

Building on an existing partnership, WellSpan Health now provides full-time cardiothoracic surgical coverage at The Good Samaritan Hospital.

The partnership began in April 2012 to enhance cardiac surgical services at The Good Samaritan Hospital. WellSpan Heart & Vascular shared its team of cardiothoracic surgeons with Good Samaritan on an on-call, rotating basis. The productive collaboration quickly evolved into an enduring relationship. That summer, WellSpan hired cardiothoracic surgeon Martin LeBoutillier III, MD, as Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Services at The Good Samaritan Hospital.

“We operate our cardiothoracic surgery program at the highest level of excellence,” Dr. LeBoutillier says. “We offer all types of bypass, valve and combined procedures, and are looking to expand into robotic surgery. I’m able to manage this program effectively, thanks to the support of WellSpan and the collaborative input of its surgeons.”

Mutual Benefits for Improved Quality of Care

The Good Samaritan Hospital brings its own expertise to the table, as well. The hospital’s Cardiovascular Unit follows the universal bed care model, and all nurses who care for open-heart patients are specialty-trained. Good Samaritan also staffs two care coordinators, who shepherd patients throughout the continuum of care and facilitate safe transitions between care settings.

“By sharing WellSpan’s heart and vascular expertise, we’ve provided The Good Samaritan Hospital and Lebanon County a local, high-quality cardiac surgery program at a justifiable cost. This also creates additional opportunities for our surgeons to refine their skills on complex cases. The more we work collaboratively, the better it will be for both of the health systems and for patients.”
— Larry Shears, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at WellSpan York Hospital and Co-Medical Director of WellSpan Heart & Vascular

“Our care coordinators work very closely with Dr. LeBoutillier and patients at every level of care,” says Stephanie Andreozzi, Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line for Good Samaritan Health System. “They make contact with the patient’s family on the day of surgery and provide regular status updates during surgery. Their follow-up management ensures patients meet appropriate recovery benchmarks and reduces their likelihood of readmission.”

Since October 2012, Dr. LeBoutillier has performed more than 200 procedures at The Good Samaritan Hospital. His association with WellSpan allows him to streamline referrals to WellSpan York Hospital for complex or high-risk cases. Dr. LeBoutillier also has maintained a strong working relationship with Lebanon Cardiology Associates, the primary cardiology group for Good Samaritan Health System.

“Dr. LeBoutillier has done a tremendous job interacting with that practice and keeping referrals internal, which is great for patients who don’t want to travel outside of Lebanon County,” Andreozzi says. “It’s important for patients to know their cardiologist feels comfortable with the skill of a referred surgeon.”

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Thomas Clemens, MD, Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line at The Good Samaritan Hospital, is equally pleased by the progress the partnership has fostered.

“Dr. LeBoutillier has developed a strong level of trust among our community’s cardiologists,” Dr. Clemens says. “His skills and collaborative approach have helped Good Samaritan establish itself as one of the top centers for cardiology and cardiac surgery in South Central Pennsylvania.”

Reaping the Rewards

Thanks to Dr. LeBoutillier’s leadership, The Good Samaritan Hospital has achieved a three-star rating for bypass surgery in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database, placing the hospital among the top 15 percent of registered hospitals for that category.

“The partnership between WellSpan and Good Samaritan has allowed us to generate one of the strongest community heart programs in the country,” Dr. LeBoutillier says. “It has been personally rewarding to work with both organizations to offer high-quality care, including valve repairs, off-pump procedures and minimally invasive techniques that create positive, healthy outcomes for our patients.”