Baptist Health System creates new vascular institute to focus on caring for patients with peripheral artery disease

Jun 4, 2024

Several vascular and endovascular surgeons, surgical podiatrists, and specially trained nurse practitioners have come together to form the newly created Vascular Institute of San Antonio-Baptist Medical Network. The institute is dedicated to providing open and minimally invasive procedures to treat a wide range of blood vessel problems, including aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease, carotid artery disease, chronic venous insufficiency, and dialysis access.

These added professionals will also provide consulting support for Baptist’s trauma network. With 15 providers across 10 locations, the vascular institute offers comprehensive care to patients in San Antonio to New Braunfels and all the way to Laredo.

“We are honored to have our vascular colleagues join Baptist Medical Network of more than 248 providers who provide a wide variety of primary and specialty care services to our community,” said Matt Stone, Baptist Health System group CEO. “Baptist Health System has worked side-by-side with these professionals from across the city to care for patients. We are privileged to attract these talented and skilled vascular professionals to join our team to continue uninterrupted care for their existing and new patients in need,” Stone said.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects about 8.5 million adults over the age of 40 in the United States. PAD is the narrowing of the arteries that carry blood away from the heart to other parts of the body. The most common type is lower-extremity PAD, in which blood flow to the legs and feet is diminished. Treatment options for PAD include medical management, exercise therapy, minimally invasive endovascular therapy using balloons and stents, and traditional open surgical procedures. Left untreated, PAD may increase a person’s risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. African Americans and those with Type 2 diabetes and PAD are at an increased risk for losing a limb.

“The vascular institute extends the network of care we offer to San Antonio and surrounding communities through our Baptist Medical Network,” Stone said. “Our vascular professionals will complement the care provided at our six acute care hospitals, our Westover Hills Baptist Hospital opening this summer, our nine Baptist Neighborhood Hospitals, and our imaging and rehabilitation centers. At Baptist, we strive to create access to this type of specialized care for all those in need no matter where they live or work in South Texas,” he said.