Patricia Peterson recently gave Providence Heart Institute $1 million to improve the way diseases affecting heart valves are treated.
One such disease affects the mitral valve in nearly 10 percent of Americans age 75 or older. In recognition, Providence Heart named its valve center after Mrs. Peterson and her late husband Ron, a founding member of Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation.
Since 2012, the newly named Ronald and Patricia Peterson Heart Valve Center has emerged as one of the top five sites in the nation for replacing failing aortic valves without open heart surgery. Providence Heart cardiologists have performed more than 1,300 of the replacements, using catheters instead of surgery. Mrs. Peterson’s gift will support work that builds on this progress, beginning with research into how the heart’s mitral valve might be repaired or replaced using the same transcatheter techniques.
Mitral regurgitation, or leaking of the mitral valve, affects millions of Americans, causing the heart to work harder than it should to pump blood to the body. Serious leaking is a medical emergency, and longstanding leaking can lead to heart failure.
According to Peterson Heart Valve Center co-medical director, Ethan Korngold, M.D., “We’re committed to developing new treatments for mitral disease, especially for patients unable to undergo the rigors of open heart surgery. Mrs. Peterson’s gift will inspire our efforts.”
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson were married more than six decades before his death in 2016. “We had 64 great years,” said Patricia. “Ron had a valve replaced, so it’s good to help care for people like him.”