About Us

Vision Of The SCA Foundation

We will be world leaders in enhancing patient care and safety and in developing excellence in the next generation of clinicians and physician-scholars through research and education in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia.

 

Mission Of The SCA Foundation

 

The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation was established in November of 2007 to support SCA members and corporate leaders in the funding of initiatives of:

Care

The FOCUS (Flawless Operative Cardiovascular Unified Systems) to Reduce Human Error: A Patient Safety Initiative. This project for the cardiovascular operating room is dedicated to the development, study, and implementation of mechanisms and guidelines to enhance patient safety by reducing human error in the cardiovascular operating room.

Investigation

Annual research grants are provided for those individuals starting out in their career in cardiovascular anesthesiology and also for those who are more senior investigators.

Knowledge

Support is provided to enhance the knowledge of cardiovascular anesthesiologists throughout the world through scholarships to meetings and seminars, international outreach to third world areas, and general support of educational programs.

Why Have An SCA Foundation?

The demand for cardiac interventions is increasing.

  • In 2006, the first American Baby Boomer reached age 60.
  • Each year 700,000 Americans have a heart attack, and this number will increase as the baby boomers grow older.
  • In 2005, the American Heart Association (AHA) estimated that of the 70.1 million Americans with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, 27 million are age 65 and older.
  • The AHA estimated that 7.1 million of these individuals have suffered a heart attack while 4.9 million have congestive heart failure.
  • From 1979 to 2002, the total number of annual cardiovascular operations and procedures increased 470%.

While small towns add cardiology and cardiac surgery programs to their hospitals, major hospital corporations are building larger facilities to meet rising demand.

Who is going to staff these units?

 

The number of cardiovascular anesthesiologists qualified to perform transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) in the US today is insufficient to staff all of the existing cardiac surgery operating rooms that need these services. This competency is likely to become the standard for anesthesiologists who practice in cardiac surgery operating rooms. (Glenn Gravlee, MD, Past President, SCA)

Anesthesiology groups must grow in both size and skill.

Cardiovascular anesthesiologists must be aware of new and emerging technologies and practices. The SCA has long been a leader in continuing education for professionals in the field. The “wet lab” and video sessions at annual meetings are opportunities for cardiovascular anesthesiologists to develop TEE expertise. The SCA has been the leader in both teaching and implementing clinical practice of this vital skill.

 

The demand for cardiac interventions is increasing.

  • In 2006, the first American Baby Boomer reached age 60.
  • Each year 700,000 Americans have a heart attack, and this number will increase as the baby boomers grow older
  • In 2005, the American Heart Association (AHA) estimated that of the 70.1 million Americans with one or more types of cardiovascular disease, 27 million are age 65 and older.
  • AHA estimated that 7.1 million of these individuals have suffered a heart attack while 4.9 million have congestive heart failure.
  • From 1979 to 2002, the total number of annual cardiovascular operations and procedures increased 470%.

While small towns add cardiology and cardiac surgery programs to their hospitals, major hospital corporations are building larger facilities to meet rising demand.