A Visionary Partnership Allows Hospital to Offer High Quality Care and Advanced Specialized Services

ARLINGTON, Texas — AMH Cath Labs, LLC, a joint venture, physician investor-owned company between Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and cardiologists on the medical staff, announced the opening of a dedicated heart hospital in February of 2011.

Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington, located in the Tom Vandergriff building on Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital's campus, is a physician-led hospital offering advanced services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions. Patients who visit the emergency room at Texas Health Arlington Memorial with these conditions are transferred to the heart hospital to receive specialized care under a seamless process.

"We have collaborated with highly skilled cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons on the medical staff to forge a visionary partnership that demonstrates our commitment to remain the hospital system of choice for heart and vascular care in North Texas," said Kirk King, president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial.

The heart hospital, which focuses on treating cardiothoracic and vascular diseases, is comprised of 48 beds, four operating rooms, two cath labs, and one electrophysiology lab. Its services will include:

  • Interventional cardiology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Electrophysiology, including the only robotic catheter system in the Metroplex for treating abnormal heart rhythms with more precision
  • Mitral valve repair surgery

Dr. Baron L. Hamman, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been named president of the heart hospital. Hamman specializes in mitral valve repair surgery and off-pump coronary artery bypass graft operation, or "beating heart" surgery, which is an innovative technique used to bypass blocked arteries on the heart without the use of the heart-lung machine. He also specializes in re-operative cardiac surgery and congenital heart surgery in adults, and routinely performs minimally invasive and port access cardiac surgery.

Hamman completed his undergraduate degree in biology at Stanford University and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Harvard Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Sarnoff Society of Scholars, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. The hospital's services include comprehensive cardiac care, women's services, orthopedics, an advanced imaging center and emergency services. Texas Health Arlington Memorial is an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Arlington.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health's system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers.

Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Physicians partially own or invest in Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington.