The Heart of the Heart Surgery Program
The days are full for Kathy Soderlund, BSN, RN, CCRN, Cardiac Coordinator
for all heart surgeries at PVHMC. Once a patient is scheduled for surgery,
Kathy meets with the patient and their family at the Pre-Admitting office
or Cardiac Catheterization Lab to provide education on what to expect
before, during and after surgery.
Kathy is a warm and caring person who connects easily with everyone she
meets. Her calm, confident manner eases the stress and fear that her patients
and their loved ones often feel when undergoing heart surgery.
Before surgery, Kathy answers her patient’s questions and relieves
their anxiety. During surgery, she gives progress updates to family in
the ICU waiting room with a bright smile that provides comfort that all
is well. She also tells the family how long it will take for the patient
to be settled into the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) after
surgery and when they’ll be able to go in.
While her patients recover in the Hospital, Kathy makes daily rounds to
check on them, answering questions and providing more education on what
to expect next.
When patients are ready for discharge, Kathy coordinates the transition
from Hospital to home. She provides detailed discharge instructions, ensures
follow-up appointments are scheduled, and provides her phone number so
the patient or family can get answers quickly if any concerns arise once
Healthgrades has ranked PVHMC among the top 10 percent of Hospitals in
the nation in cardiac surgery. Kathy and the work she does are a big part
of that success. Thank you, Kathy, for the outstanding care you give daily
and for all the lives and hearts that you help heal!