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Patient from Puerto Rico Reunites with Surgeon After Life-Saving Bloodless Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

(Pictured L to R) Ramón Correa, Senior Coordinator, The Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center; Santia Cepero, Patient’s Wife; Ramón Cepero, Patient; Tanuja Damani, MD, FACS, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (Photo Courtesy Englewood Hospital)

(Englewood, NJ, April 24, 2013) – The Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center recently hosted a Spanish language Bloodless Seminar, featuring a guest speaker who traveled more than 1,500 miles from Puerto Rico to share his story of survival.

Patient Ramón Cepero discussed the complexity of his case with an audience of more than 250 people. He told attendees he had a massive and potentially deadly gastrointestinal bleed and limited access to medical care that precluded blood transfusions, which is against his religious beliefs. His search for individualized, compassionate care led him to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where transfusion-free surgeries have been a standard of care for nearly 20 years.

Mr. Cepero flew to Englewood Hospital, where he met with Dr. Tanuja Damani, a highly skilled gastrointestinal and general surgeon with expertise in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, as well as bloodless surgical techniques.

“While bloodless medicine and surgery have been prevalent and practiced for religious beliefs for decades, we now have a lot of scientific data showing that it leads to fewer postoperative complications, more favorable outcomes and should be used for all patients,” explained Dr. Damani. “The combination of a minimally invasive approach and bloodless surgery used in Ramón Cepero’s case, resulted in less tissue trauma, smaller incisions, a faster recovery and a better overall outcome.”

Mr. Cepero recovered quickly and completely and was able to return to his loved ones in Puerto Rico in the two weeks following his surgery. When he received news about the Institute’s upcoming Spanish Bloodless Seminar, he booked a flight back to New Jersey without hesitation, eager to share his experience with the community.

Mr. Cepero and his wife also had an opportunity to reunite with Dr. Damani during his visit. He says he has told his friends and family in Puerto Rico of his love and respect for her and the outstanding care he received from the team at the Institute.

“When Dr. Damani spoke to me, I sensed assertiveness in her,” said Mr. Cepero. “She gave me confidence and made me feel secure. I would recommend Englewood Hospital and Medical Center to everyone.”

About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.