St. Luke's Expands Space for Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates

By KBJR News 1

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 1:31 AM CDT

DULUTH, MN (NNCNOW.com) - St. Luke's held an open house today for patients to check out the expanded space for the Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates.

While the associates are still on the same floor, they now have more rooms to meet with and educate patients.

Doctors on staff say it accommodates the growing number of patients they're seeing for lung and heart diseases.

"It also allows us to have a staff dedicated to only our patients which is very nice," said Mary Boyaln, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St. Luke's.

"I would just add operating on a patient with heart or lung disease is more than just performing surgery and really more than just performing the care afterwards. The relationship that we establish with our patient begins here in this space and this a great space to do that," said Stephen Huddleston, another Cardiothoracic Surgeon.

The surgeons say we have an aging population and cardiac disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the U.S.

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