Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute

Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute delivers compassionate, high-quality cardiovascular care to heart valve patients. Our exceptional physicians combine state-of-the-art technologies with years of experience providing care to residents of southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon. Throughout Saint Alphonsus hospitals and within our clinic, we strive to offer comprehensive cardiac services – from inpatient procedures and consultations to prevention and follow–up care.

Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute


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Our Cardiac Experts Advance Minimally-Invasive Heart Valve Care

Saint Alphonsus Valve and Cardiothoracic Programs are the area leader in many key metrics from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry.  As one of the largest valve implanting centers in the northwest, our team provides several unique procedures and surgeries only offered at our center.

For example, our cardiac experts have extensive experience performing minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR, a non-invasive therapy, enables us to replace diseased aortic valves without an incision to the patient's chest or ribs. 

Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar, cardiothoracic surgeon and Medical Director of the Saint Alphonsus Cardiothoracic Heart Program, was named the Site Principal Investigator of the SUMMIT clinical trial, which uses the transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) technique to implant the Tendyne Mitral Valve System – the first and only of its kind in the region. A TMVR procedure replaces the patient's mitral valve without an incision to the chest or ribs.

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Meet Our Heart Valve Specialists

Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute has assembled a special team of heart valve specialists that are committed to getting patients the best results. Our team consists of many leading surgeons and cardiologists that you can learn more about by clicking the links below:

Have Questions About Structural Heart Procedures Including TAVR? Please Call Jami at (208) 392-1105

Jami Fitzpatrick, RN

Hello, my name is Jami Fitzpatrick, RN and I am the structural heart valve coordinator for Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute.

I have been with the heart valve program at Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute for five years. I support many different parts of our program including patient phone calls, appointment scheduling, phone calls, patient education, and the coordination of required testing (e.g. echocardiograms... Read more.

Have Questions About Cardiac Surgery? Please Call Stephanie at (208) 505-9861

Stephanie Nava

Hi, My name is Stephanie and I have been with the surgical valve program at Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute for two years. I have been a medical assistant for four years.

I manage many of the coordination duties including helping patients through the challenging process of preparing for heart valve surgery. I am skilled at managing incoming referrals, chart review, care coordination, care planning and patient ... Read more.

Clinical References For Our Patients

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