Cardiac Center Celebrates 50 Years

Somehow, it seems fitting that the Creighton Cardiac Center will hold its 50th anniversary celebration on 11/11/11. After all, over the past five decades, the Cardiac Center has celebrated a number of firsts, including:

  • Region’s first free-standing center dedicated to cardiovascular teaching, research and patient care
  • Nebraska’s first atherectomy
  • Omaha’s first balloon valvuloplasty
  • Nebraska first use of the clot-busting drug tPA
  • Omaha’s first radial catheterization
  • Nebraska’s first color-Doppler echocardiography testing
  • Region’s first outpatient catheterization lab
  • Nebraska’s first transesophageal echocardiography service
  • Nebraska’s first coronary intensive-care unit
  • Nebraska’s first data-phone EKG system

The Cardiac Center employees – past and present – as well as invited guests will celebrate these accomplishments and more during a 4:30-7 p.m. reception at the Cardiac Center Nov. 11. During the event, four Creighton cardiologists will receive Presidential Citations for their pivotal roles in the establishment and growth of the Cardiac Center:

  • Richard Booth, M.D., and the late Vincent Runco Jr., M.D., who helped open Omaha’s first coronary-care unit at St. Joseph Hospital in 1961 and developed the Division of Cardiology, now housed in the Creighton Cardiac Center.
  • Syed Mohiuddin, M.D., who served a chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Cardiac Center, 1996 to 2007, when he was named chair of the Department of Medicine.
  • Michael Sketch, M.D., chief of the Division of Cardiology from 1978 to his retirement in 1997. The Creighton Cardiac Center ambulatory facility opened during his tenure as chief in 1992.