Physicians working with new technology.
Providence Holy Cross and Providence St. Joseph have both been recently rated “Superior” by CalHospitalCompare.com.
Hospital officials say that the care they provide is a result of physicians, administrators, clinical and non clinical staff, working with cutting edge technology.
Two members of Providence’s staff have been recognized for doing just that.
Patrick Petre has been honored as the “Man of the Year” by the Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR) for his outstanding and sustained commitment to the growing success of the ABMDR.
Raymond Schaerf, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon on the medical staff at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Chief of Staff-Elect, is the first physician in the nation to implant a new "smarter" pacemaker than can tell physicians in about 90 seconds what is the optimal device time setting for that particular patient's needs.
St. Jude Medical, Inc., which makes the new ZephyrTM pacemaker, released a press release announcing that it had received FDA approval of the new pacemaker.
Dr. Schaerf is a nationally recognized surgeon in pacemaker implantation as well as pacemaker lead extractions.
In 1979, Dr. Schaerf pioneered the first dual-chamber pacemaker implant, with one lead going to the atrium and another to the ventricle, to allow both heart chambers to be paced.