St. Bernards First in Arkansas to Implant New Stent JONESBORO – Physicians at St. Bernards Medical Center became the first in the state of Arkansas to implant the Eluvia™ Drug-Eluting Vascular Stent System, specifically developed for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). St. Bernards is only one of 20 hospitals in the country currently implanting the Eluvia. Dr. Max Arroyo and Dr. Ahmed Ahmed, cardiologists at St. Bernards, implanted the stent, which was specifically designed to treat blockages in the arteries (often referred to as PAD) of the lower extremities. This stent system allows the patient to receive sustained drug release over an extended period of time, providing treatment directly at the blockage site. The Eluvia stent, developed by Boston Scientific, utilizes a drug-polymer combination to offer sustained release of the drug paclitaxel for a one-year timeframe, designed to prevent tissue regrowth that might otherwise block the stented artery. The Eluvia stent was compared in head-to-head trials with the only other drugcoated peripheral stent on the market and the Eluvia has superior outcomes with 88.5 percent patency of the treated blockage at 12 months. Additionally, of those patients treated with the Eluvia stent, fewer went on to require surgical intervention when compared to other peripheral drug-coated stents on the market. Approximately 8.5 million people in the United States are affected by PAD, which occurs when fatty or calcified atherosclerotic material, called plaque, builds up on the walls of the arteries of the legs, restricting blood flow and causing pain, swelling and a diminished quality of life. If blood flow is not restored and maintained, severe cases of PAD can lead to pain, ulcers and even amputation of the affected limb.
Mercy Holds Blessing, Ribbon Cutting at North Bentonville Clinic BENTONVILLE — Mercy’s newest clinic in Bentonville offers four primary care providers in the thriving North Walton Boulevard Corridor Enhancement area that is less than a mile from four public schools. Mercy held a blessing and ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Mercy Clinic Primary Care – Walton Boulevard in early October. The clinic’s providers – Dr. Jim Byrum, Dr. Kim Chapman, Dr. Robert Holder and advanced practice nurse Meredith Finley – offer family medicine,
pediatrics and internal medicine. The clinic is among seven Mercy will open as part of a $277 million expansion in the region that includes the addition of a seven-story tower to the Rogers hospital. Mercy Clinic President Dr. Steve Goss said the area of north Bentonville is growing quickly and has a need for more primary care physicians. In researching its Community Presence Plan, Mercy found that residents prefer care close to where they live and work. Mercy’s investment in the site and building totals $4.1 million. The clinic is Mercy’s sixth location in Bentonville.
Arkansas Medical News November-December 2018