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Decatur Memorial Hospital Creates Vascular Center of Excellence

Friday July, 7th 2017

July 7, 2017…Decatur, IL…Decatur Memorial Hospital and the vascular surgeons of Surgical Specialists of Central Illinois have partnered to establish a vascular center of excellence.

The DMH Vein and Vascular Institute, as it will be known, recently opened under the directorship of Jeffrey D. Trachtenberg, MD, FACS. Joining this partnership is Christopher H. Gram. The mission is to establish a premier vascular program offering comprehensive medical and surgical treatment to the growing number of patients with vascular disease in Central Illinois. To achieve this mission, the efforts of the Institute will focus on five pillars:

  • Disease prevention and early detection;
  • Evidence-based medical therapy for patients with established disease;
  • State-of-the-art endovascular, surgical and hybrid interventions when needed;
  • Long-term disease management strategies to reduce future events;
  • Participation in clinical research to guide future treatments.

DMH recently completed construction of a new endovascular catheterization suite outfitted with the most up-to-date fluoroscopic imaging equipment and technology available. Currently under construction are the new offices of the DMH Vein and Vascular Institute which will house 4 ICAVL accredited vascular laboratories where painless, non-invasive testing for arterial and venous diseases will be performed. “We’re excited about the future of vascular care available to area residents,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr., Decatur Memorial Hospital President and CEO. “Never before has such a comprehensive program been available in this area.”

One in every 3 Americans over the age of 60 suffers from some form of vascular disease and many do not know it. Common vascular problems include carotid and peripheral artery blockages, aortic and other aneurysms, deep venous thrombosis, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and lymphedema. Vascular disease causes limb pain and swelling, the formation of non-healing wounds, and can lead to limb loss, heart attack, stroke and death. While vascular disease cannot be cured, in most cases it can be effectively managed with lifestyle changes, medications and well-timed interventions. “Whether we perform an interventional procedure or not, appropriate long term management under the care of a vascular specialist is critical to maintain quality of life and to prevent future events,” said Dr. Trachtenberg. “The DMH Vein and Vascular Institute illustrates the hospital’s ongoing commitment to bring high quality medical care to our community. We’re honored to be part of it.”

For more information, call 217-876-VASC (8272).

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,150 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence.