Our surgeons are board-certified fellows of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. They have expertise in cardiovascular and general thoracic surgery, including minimally invasive techniques which allow for less tissue damage, faster recovery and less scarring than traditional surgery. They collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, intensivists, nephrologists, vascular surgeons and pulmonologists to provide the most comprehensive heart care available.
Dianna Konrad and Howard Milewski of Bellingham, Wash., are members of Mended Hearts, a national peer support program for patients who have cardiovascular disease. As accredited hospital visitor volunteers at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Dianna and Howard support heart patients through connection, sharing resources and their own experiences with heart disease.
In the video below, Dianna and Howard address some of the common concerns and questions patients and their families have prior to undergoing heart procedures.