August 2003

St. Joseph in Towson Performs 60,000th Cardiac Catheterization; First in Region to Implant New Stents

St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md., performed its 60,000th cardiac catheterization on June 10. The hospital has performed the procedure since 1984. St. Joseph’s Heart Institute, which has five all-digital, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories, has the largest heart program in Maryland. St. Joseph is also the first hospital in the mid-Atlantic region to use the newly-approved CYPHER™ stent for heart patients. The stent is coated with Sirolimus, a drug that prevents arteries from growing scar tissue from previously placed stents. During clinical trials of the new stent, St. Joseph enrolled the most patients of any hospital in the United States. For more information, contact Vivienne Stearns-Elliott at