Baylor Scott & White – Temple is a 640-bed major teaching and referral center for cardiovascular disease. It has a long tradition of excellence not only from its physician faculty but also from the ancillary and nursing staff. Cardiac surgery is a team endeavor with staff from several disciplines interacting to provide optimal care for the patient.
Physicians at BSWH collaborate across disciplines and have established open lines of communication between the surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, intensivists, nurses, other ancillary staff and hospital administration such that they collectively form the surgical team.
Cardiac surgical patients are cared for from the preoperative visit through the hospitalization and the post-discharge follow up by a dedicated staff who report directly to the surgical faculty and who are charged with keeping patients and their families completely informed of the patient’s progress.