February 09, 2006 10:22 ET Presents: Mitral Valve Repair -- a Treatment for Leakage of the Mitral Valve

Live Webcast: February 22, 2006, 4pm CST (22:00 UTC)

MARSHFIELD, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 9, 2006 -- Mitral valve repair is an open-heart procedure performed to treat leakage of the mitral valve, the inflow valve for the left side of the heart.

Mitral valve repair will be the focus of a live webcast, hosted by Marshfield Clinic and Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, WI, from 4-5 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, February 22. Featured will be expert commentary throughout the broadcast by physicians -- Paul Pearson, M.D.; C.C. Lee, M.D.; P. Daniel Horton, M.D.; and Hope Maki, M.D., Marshfield Clinic Cardiologists and Cardiovascular Surgeons on staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital, a Top 100 Heart Hospital for the past four years.

Besides commentary, the broadcast will include a pre-taped segment demonstrating the mitral valve procedure and questions from the Internet audience.

Each year, more than 50,000 procedures are performed on the mitral valve, which regulates blood flow from the left atrium, or holding chamber, to the left ventricle, the heart's main pumping chamber. More surgeries for heart valve disease have been performed at the Marshfield medical complex than any other institution in the region.

Saint Joseph's Hospital is a 500-plus bed tertiary care teaching institution. As the largest rural referral medical center in Wisconsin, it provides health care, including all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, to an ever-increasing service area in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Saint Joseph's Hospital, a member of Ministry Health Care, was founded more than 110 years ago by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

Marshfield Clinic, founded in 1916 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, is an integrated health care delivery system consisting of 41 patient care, research and education facilities throughout Wisconsin, making it one of the largest comprehensive medical systems in the United States. Marshfield Clinic has over 720 physicians representing over 86 different medical specialties. The system also includes Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, the largest private not-for-profit medical research foundation in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation; Marshfield Laboratories; Marshfield Clinic Education Foundation; and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., a health maintenance organization owned by Marshfield Clinic.

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