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David Morton, MD

Comprehensive services. A focus on quality. Commitment to excellence. Close to home. That's what we've built here.

– David Morton, MD
St. Anthony's Chief Medical Officer

Your Heart Connection

St. Anthony's Strengthens Network of Premier Heart Services

For a referral to a heart specialist, call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669).

Our vision is simple — to provide the best in heart care services. Since 2005, St. Anthony's has been strengthening its already strong core of heart care service. As a Level 2 Trauma Center and a Stroke Center, and St. Anthony's is independently recognized as a premier hospital for heart attack, stroke and trauma patients.

“We offer board-certified heart specialists, as well as evidence-based and compassionate care practices that enable us to provide rapid evaluation and treatment,” says cardiologist David Morton, MD, St. Anthony's Chief Medical Officer.

In the Community

It starts in the community, where six EMS agencies or ambulance districts are under the medical direction of St. Anthony's. "We provide monthly continuing education classes for crews and ensure skills and training are up-to-date,” says Shelby Cox, EMT-P, EMS liaison. “We've also donated several advanced portable defibrillators, so emergency responders can treat potential heart attack patients before they even arrive at our hospital.”

Cardiologists are available 24/7. A large cardiology group practice and an acclaimed cardiac surgery team are based on the medical center campus, as well as in physician offices in Kirkwood and Affton. “We start in the community to evaluate and identify risk factors for heart disease,while encouraging healthier lifestyles,” says Dr. Morton. “If advanced care is needed, we have the facilities and expertise to handle it. Our custom-designed surgical suites, such as a hybrid surgery-catheterization room and electrophysiology suites with 3-D heart mapping, have been called industry innovations.”

Cardiac services or procedures performed at St. Anthony's:

  • Fast track stress testing (treadmill and nuclear stress tests)
  • Angioplasty/stenting
  • Atherectomy
  • Bypass surgery
  • “Keyhole” or small incision surgery for aortic and mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Outpatient and inpatient cardiac catheterization
  • Carotid stenting
  • Clinical trails of new cardiac drugs and procedures
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
  • Cox-Maze atrial fibrillation surgery
  • Regional referral center for non-surgical cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation
  • Regional referral center for highly specialized lead extraction, or removal of damaged wires from implanted pacemakers or defibrillators
  • Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • Region's only Heart Failure Clinic

“We now have more than 20 board-certified heart specialists at St. Anthony's,” Dr. Morton says. “Comprehensive services. A focus on quality. Commitment to excellence. Close to home. That's what we've built here. I think the community will be surprised at all that we now offer.”

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For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.

Working as trusted partners, the physicians and employees of St. Anthony's Health System will deliver care distinguished by its demonstrated quality and personalized service. We will be visibly engaged in improving the health and well­ being of the communities we serve in South County and beyond. We will stand together, proud to set the standard for independent community health systems.